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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Always reppin' defence? That's the new mantra of Brookswood head coach Chris Veale who chats about stops with Bobcats players (left to right) Jenna Dick, Neyha Lali and Mackenzie Cox. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Kelowna's Nicole Torozan (left) is guarded by Riverside's Jessica Parker during TBI semifinals Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: Defending tourney champ Walnut Grove to face Riverside in Saturday’s 8 p.m. title final at the LEC

The semifinal portion of championship Saturday here at the Langley Events Centre is over. The Riverside Rapids of Port Coquitlam will face Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators in tonight’s 8 p.m. Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2018 title game.

Brookswood senior guard Jenna Dick (left) wins hard-fought loose ball scramble with McMath's Jayna Wilson during TBI quarters on Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: Brookswood guard Jenna Dick speaks to virtues of single-minded purpose as her ‘Cats use fourth-quarter jets, fly to Final 4

LANGLEY — Single-minded purpose. Back in about 10th grade, when Jenna Dick made a huge senior varsity splash with the Brookswood Bobcats, she might not have been capable of encapsulating her thoughts on what needs to happen for a team to raise the level of their collective mercury in order to win a basketball game.

Few anywhere play the game with the same outward joy of Walnut Grove senior Tavia Rowell (centre), pictured as she explodes to the hoop off the dribble against Langley Christian's Makenna Gardner (left) and Hailey Van Roekel. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2018: Now Final Four-bound, Walnut Grove senior star Tavia Rowell says her Gators play every game “…like it’s our last game”

LANGLEY — Point out a box on her team’s list still to receive a check mark and Walnut Grove’s star senior guard Tavia Rowell takes no offence.Instead, following an 86-59 win over the Langley Christian Lightning on Friday in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, Rowell noted that the process her team is […]

Kelowna's Taya Hanson (left) has graduated but the Owls will still have a tremendous rivalry this season with Tavia Rowell and the rest of the Walnut Grove Gators. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Senior girls preseason basketball rankings: Defending champion Kelowna Owls, South Kam Titans retain top spots heading into 2018-19

Pollsters were given the option of revamping preseason B.C. senior girls high school basketball rankings from those published following the 2017-18 chapionships last March. Here are the latest preseason Triple-A and Double-A rankings courtesy of the B.C. Secondary Schools Girls Basketball Association.