Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers' rising senior guard Alyza Aikins will lead her team into the 2020 Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Twenty teams for TBI 2020! Our roster for the annual senior girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational features B.C.’s best of the best!

LANGLEY — Our collective fingers are crossed with the hope that a safe fall and winter season is on the horizon for high school sports in the province of B.C.And in the spirit of that positivity, we hope that one of the final highlights of a challenging 2020 calendar year will be the latest edition of […]

Enriched by a basketball heritage which not only includes the game's inventor James Naismith, but also the likes of former SFU Clan star Jay Triano (left) and the late Handsworth Royals' icon Quinn Keast, high school basketball players in the province of B.C. have plenty of inspiration with which to work on their games despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19. (Photos property of Simon Fraser Athletics and Blair.photo (Blair Shier) 2020. All Rights Reserved. Photo graphic created by Gabriel Lynn)
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B.C. coaches say “…basketball is going back to being about you and a hoop” How to summon your inner-Naismith in a time of social distancing

NORTH DELTA — What defines a self-made athlete?As the 2019-20 B.C. high school basketball season was coming to an end last March, just days ahead of a province-wide COVID-19 shutdown, it was certainly not a topic I spent much time pondering.Yet some two months later, I can say with great confidence that it has emerged […]

Longtime former Brookswood Bobcats' head coach Neil Brown saw superstar 2016 grad Aislinn Konig play live six times over the course of her MVP career with the North Carolina State Wolfpack. (Photo courtesy Neil Brown)
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Neil Brown: Brookswood’s legendary ex-coach on hoops retirement, Ace Konig and the path to hardcourt enlightenment

LANGLEY — If you followed Neil Brown’s Twitter feed this past season, then you know that in retirement, one of the most decorated members of the B.C. high school basketball fraternity is enjoying the full measure of connectedness that comes with mentoring hundreds upon hundreds of student-athletes over a coaching career that has touched parts […]

Semiahmoo head coach Allison McNeill will try to coach her Totems to a threepeat B.C. title in the spring of 2021. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Quad-A girls 2020-21 preseason hoops rankings: With No. 1 Semiahmoo eyeing a three-peat run, we break down the Top 10 teams

LANGLEY — For Surrey’s Semiahmoo Totems, the beat goes on.Fifty-seven straight victories and counting against B.C. foes, back-to-back senior girls Quad-A titles, and this coming season, a chance to complete as dominant a three-season span as any team across any sport in the history of B.C. high school athletics.It was back on March 3 of […]

B.C. Double A MVP Shemaiah Abatayo drives on Langley Christian's Makenna Gardner during B.C. Double A championship final Saturday at the sold-out LEC Centre Court. Trailing on the play is Britannia's Tiana Sacco. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: Britannia’s B.C. AA girls hoops title “…is for East Van, for public schools, for a community which has been with us from Day 1′

LANGLEY — They weren’t underdogs, yet provincial high school basketball championships don’t exactly grow on trees in the East Vancouver neighbourhood they call home.And so on the occasion of Saturday’s 81-73 win over the Langley Christian Lightning in the championship final of the B.C. senior girls Double-A basketball tournament, the words of Britannia Bruins’ assistant […]

Abbotsford senior Lindsey Roufosse, guarding OKM's Makenna Jacklin, was a force Saturday collecting 10 points and 12 rebounds. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Marin Lenz’s 44 points net Abby star MVP spoils in win over OKM Huskies, but its forward trio also huge as Panthers win first crown since 1984

LANGLEY — In both the biggest the final game of Marin Lenz’s high school basketball career, the Abbotsford Panthers’ guard knew that her part of the bargain was to figuratively throw everything she had but the kitchen sink at Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies.On Saturday, in the B.C. senior girls Triple A final here at the […]

Semiahmoo players celebrate a 52-point win over Terry Fox, which surpassed the record 38-point win in 1990 by North Vancouver's Windsor Dukes as the largest in B.C. top-tiered senior girls championship final game history. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Semiahmoo’s win over Fox most decisive win in B.C. girls title-game history as Totems’ season peaks with the perfect basketball storm

LANGLEY — Exactly 30 years after the most decisive victory in B.C. senior girls top-tiered high school basketball championship finals history, the Semiahmoo Totems have arrived to re-set the bar as far as gold-medal moments are concerned.Led by the 29 points and 23 rebounds of 6-foot-2 forward and tournament MVP Tara Wallack, the Totems beat […]

Reegan Bond (right) of Kelowna's Dr. Knox Falcons was selected MVP of the B.C. junior championship final. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Adversity just what Dr. Knox ordered, but Falcons fight through to top SMUS and win 2020 B.C. junior girls championship

LANGLEY — Last weekend, while getting in little exercise up in Kelowna, Lisa Nickle took a spill and wound up tearing her Achilles.Not only was it painful, but it was a dose of adversity the head coach of the B.C. junior championship-bound Dr. Knox Falcons surely didn’t need.On Saturday morning, however, as her team stood […]

Victoria's SMUS Blue Jags beat Kelowna to earn a spot in Saturday's B.C. junior girls basketball final at the LEC. (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Falcons set to face Victoria’s SMUS Blue Jags in B.C. junior girls basketball final Saturday at the LEC

By Gary Ahuja (Special for Varsity Letters)LANGLEY — The Interior or Vancouver Island … where will this year’s championship trophy travel to? That is the question as the 2020 Junior Girls Basketball Provincial Invitational Tournament concludes.Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Falcons have their sights set on capturing the title while Victoria’s St. Michaels University School Blue Jags […]

The Terry Fox Ravens celebrate a win over Yale and a berth in Saturday's B.C. senior girls AAAA finals against Semiahmoo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Merton’s back-to-back coast-to-coast lay-ups spur Terry Fox’s late 10-0 run, Ravens top Yale in Final Four to draw Totems in Quad-A final!

LANGLEY — It was a basketball game whose flow, while filled with pace, seemed to be playing out as if being held on a short leash.No big swings either way, buckets being answered with buckets, stops being answered by stops. You know the drill.But then, midway through the fourth quarter, like something that just fell […]