Yale's Darius Best slams with authority against R.E. Mountain during Eastern Valley Quad-A championship final played Sunday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Top 10 basketball rankings 02.21.28 edition: Oak Bay, St. Pat’s ascend to No. 1 spots in 4A and 3A in 2023-24’s final poll!

LANGLEY — More teams dropping out of the top 10 and more non-ranked teams making themselves known than at any time this season.That’s what happens when zone championship tournaments are at their best.With that said, here’s the final Top 10s of the season heading into Selection Sunday and the 2024 B.C. senior boys basketball championships […]

Sadie Thielen (right) of Carnbrook's Mt. Baker Wild (right) makes things tough for Riverside's Henna Vick during Day 1 of the B.C. Quad-A senior girls basketball championships Feb. 28, 2024 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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A reporter’s notebook from Day 1 at the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships

LANGLEY — Welcome to Day 1 of the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships.A bit of a change-up this year, which I eluded to here yesterday.Today I am solo pretty much the entire day and thus will be wandering the gym with my notepad and voice recorder, looking for a few interesting stories to tell. […]

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With Terry Fox’s brothers Darrell & Fred offering pre-game inspiration, Ravens feel ‘invincible’, top St. Pat’s for first BC Jr. Boys title in 22 years!

LANGLEY — Marvin Reyes admitted that before he took to the floor for the pre-game introductions Monday night at the Langley Events Centre for the B.C. junior boys basketball championship final, one of the last things he did was wipe away the tears of emotion from his cheek.“I did, and so did all of my […]

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A message from Howard T: Some changes to my coverage at B.C. girls and boys senior basketball championships

LANGLEY — Hello to all of my loyal readers here at Varsity Letters.I felt it was important today for me to let everyone know that there will be some changes to way I will be covering both the B.C. senior girls and boys tournaments which run Feb. 28-March 2, and March 6-9, here at the […]

Terry Fox's Jayson Ikani led his team past Oak Bay during B.C. junior boys semifinal Monday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Garrett James property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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Terry Fox finds its stride: As its defence jives at a season-high, Ravens’ hoop mojo spilleth over! Win over No. 1 Oak Bay means Tuesday finals berth vs. St. Pats!

LANGLEY — It’s not right to call the Terry Fox Ravens the surprise of the 2024 B.C. junior boys basketball championships.But it has been surprising these days to see a team hanging its hat, on a game-by-game basis this week at the Langley Events Centre, by the way it defines itself as a collection of […]

The Celtics' floor general Riley Santa Juana sizes up the Vancouver College Fighting Irish on Monday in the B.C. junior boys Final Four at the LEC. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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“He’s our heart and soul” St. Pat’s coach says of Riley Santa Juana, who lifts St. Celtics past Van College Irish and into B.C. junior boys final!

LANGLEY — An injury kept Riley Santa Juana from doing one of the things he does the very best.Yet in a magical season of overcoming adversity, the 6-0 Grade 10 guard with East Vancouver’s St. Patrick’s Celtics never let it hold him back when it mattered most on the floor Monday night at a standing-room-only […]

New Westminster's Kaman Kaila in action against Abbotsford Christian on Monday. On Sunday, Kaila set a new B.C. junior boys tournament single-game scoring record. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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Kaman Kaila: New Westminster’s star Grade 10 guards shatters 53-year single-game scoring record with 51 points at 2024 B.C. junior boys tourney!

LANGLEY — Kaman Kaila swears he was feeling it in the warm-ups early Sunday afternoon here at the B.C. junior boys basketball championships.With his New Westminster Hyacks set to face the Richmond Colts on the consolation side of the bracket, the 6-foot-2 grade 10 guard had a feeling he might be able to do something […]

Riverside guard Avery Sussex led her team past Kiera Pemberton and the Walnut Grove Gators in last season's B.C. Quad-A final at the LEC. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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Avery Sussex and the Big Dance: How an amazing high school debut at Riverside foretold a career of dominance, and a chance to forge an unforgettable Rapids’ finish!

PORT COQUITLAM — The basketball court is the place where Avery Sussex has shown her heart from the very start.It’s also the place where it’s been impossible to miss the fact that she’s had her guile for a while.Very few players ever make the kind of debut that Sussex did, when as a 10th grader […]

Nylan Roberts of the Yale Lions was unstoppable against the R.E. Mountain Eagles during Eastern Valley Quad-A championship final played Sunday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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With shades of past Yale glory, the Brothers Roberts harken memories of 2015’s Jauquin-Riley duo as Lions tops Mountain for 4A Valley East crown!

LANGLEY — You sat courtside and watched their efficiency.Your eye would wander to the scoreboard, where at times it seemed like the digits were changing at hyper speed.In the end, against an R.E, Mountain Eagles team of Langley, which has earned so much on its own merit with its recent groundbreaking berth to the upcoming […]

MEI's Spencer Tatlock was the barometer of his team's success against Brookswood in the Eastern Valley Double-A championship final played Sunday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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With its Big Barometre back, MEI Eagles top Brookswood to claim Eastern Valley’s lone Triple-A Big Dance ticket!

LANGLEY — Ask Mike Lee how well he thought his MEI Eagles might have played on any certain day this season, and the team’s head coach goes to one place in his mind’s eye first.He’ll think about how well the team’s 6-foot-9 forward Spencer Tatlock played before he speaks about the entire team.“We go by […]