Simon Fraser women's head basketball coach Bruce Langford has already seen the impact of his program's recently-launched IMPACT Mentorship Program, one which has involved past and current players like (left to right) Laura van den Boogaard, Georgia Swant and Brittany Fraser. (Photo graphic by Gabriel Lynn property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: SFU women’s basketball celebrates the power of connection, uniting past and present through its IMPACT mentorship program!

BURNABY — There are many variations of the parable which informs us that in learning we teach, and that in teaching we learn.Boil those words down to their essence, however, and what remains is the singular feeling of a journey coming full circle.Laura Kalenuik, née van den Boogaard, like so many other former student-athletes, has […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Brookswood's Evan Kimm (right) drives on Byrne Creek's Darius Morrison en route to scoring two of his 21 points Friday at the STM Chancellor. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Chancellor 2020: Tough Eastern Valley AAA foes give Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats a fourth-quarter edge against Byrne Creek

BURNABY — Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats rallied down the stretch of the second half to edge Burnaby’s Byrne Creek Bulldogs 91-88 and keep alive their hopes of a fifth place finish here at the St. Thomas More Chancellor Invitational.The victory propels Brookswood into Saturday’s fifth-sixth final (2:30 p.m.) against Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Dragons, an earlier 61-44 […]

St. Thomas More's Bella Gaspar (left) gets off a shot while defended by Brookswood's Quinn Jasper during Sweet 16 round of 2019 TBI on Thursday at the LEC. (Photo by Larry Lawson property of Portland State athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Utter madness hits TBI 2019 Sweet 16! Three Double-A schools crash Friday’s Elite 8 quarterfinals

LANGLEY —What a Thursday of upsets here at TBI.The Sweet 16 for 2019 will be remembered for the way that Double A teams sent the bracket into disarray.Hands up if you had Double A’s Langley Christian, Britannia and St. Thomas More knocking off, respectively, Quad A’s Terry Fox, Riverside and Brookswood?Utter madness!We’ve got all eight […]

Walnut Grove's Tavia Rowell heads into the B.C. championships on Wednesday as a repeat winner of the BCSSGBA's Player of the Year award. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Walnut Grove’s Tavia Rowell: Coaches, trainers, rivals all applaud B.C.’s Player of the Year repeat winner for her passion and her integrity

LANGLEY — The first girls high school basketball story ever covered under the Varsity Letters masthead? It came on the very first day of our launch (January 31, 2017) and it was all about an amazing Grade 10 basketball player with Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators named Tavia Rowell.

Brookswood senior guard Jenna Dick (left) helped lead her 'Cats past Handsworth and back to the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Jenna Dick dishes dimes as Brookswood tops Handsworth, Bobcats book passage back to B.C.’s

SURREY — No where was there more proof of the Fraser Valley’s depth of strength this season than the fact that Langley’s Brookswood Bobcats were playing a sudden-elimination game less than three full weeks into February.The Bobcats, however, marshalled their best qualities and more, as point guard Jenna Dick scored 15 points and dished eight […]

Tavia Rowell of No. 2 Walnut Grove stares ahead at the challenge of Tara Wallack and the rest of the No. 1 Semiahmoo Totems. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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01.22.19 B.C. senior girls Top 10 AAA basketball rankings: Totems work hard to keep No. 1, Gators moved back to No. 2

LANGLEY — Surrey’s No 1 Semiahmoo Totems got a real push in the championship final of Saturday’s Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out, but managed to come away 75-71 winners over Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators.

Heritage Woods' Maddy Counsell (left) wins a loose ball as she hits the deck along with South Kam's Kendra Kaczur during Saturday action at the 2019 Top 10 Shoot-Out at Coquitlam's Centennial Secondary. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial’s Top 10 Shoot-Out 2019: Live reports from Super Saturday’s placing games

COQUITLAM — We’re here at Centennial Secondary’s 2019 Top 10 Shoot-Out. Keep checking back on this posting for updates throughout the day from placing games leading up to today’s championship final (5:45 p.m.) between AAA powers Semiahmoo and Walnut Grove.

Semiahmoo's Deja Lee (left) helped her No. 1 Totems past Brookswood on Friday in the Top 10 Shoot-Out semifinals, setting up a clash against Jess Wisotzki and the No. 3-ranked Walnut Grove Gators in the title game on Saturday. Here, the talented pair are pictured in action at the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)