The Province's 2017 Head of the Class debits today. (Richard Lam, PNG photos)
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Proud to present my picks for The Province’s 2017 Head of the Class

VANCOUVER — Yes, it was hard to leave The Province after 26 years this past January. It was easy, however, to say ‘Yes’ when asked by my old employer to continue steering and guiding what I feel has become the benchmark in terms of high school sports journalism in our country.

Uyi Ologhola and the No. 1-ranked Quad A Holy Cross Crusaders will headline the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Dec. 7-9 at the Langley Events Centre. (Wilson Wong for VarsityLetters.ca)
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Tsumura Basketball boys 2017 invitational to feature cream of next season’s 4A/3A crop

NORTH DELTA — Only 212 more days!The 2017 boys Tsumura Basketball Invitational doesn’t tip off its three-day run at the Langley Events Centre until Dec. 7.But that doesn’t mean we can’t unveil the 16-team field now.

As a Kelowna Owl in March of 2016, new UBC Thunderbird recruit Grant Shephard smooched with the tournament MVP trophy. (Richard Lam, UBC athletics)
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UBC gets Grant the Great! Kelowna’s Quad-A MVP Grant Shephard chooses ‘Birds

(This is a complete write-through of the earlier story Varsity Letters broke on UBC’s signing of former Kelowna Owls basketball star Grant Shephard. There’s more quotes from all concerned including Shephard’s former high school coach Harry Parmar, and additional reporting on the impact his arrival could have on the program)VANCOUVER — Even after an inglorious end to its 2016-17 U Sports […]

Ty Rowell, Walnut Grove's star senior guard, was one half an epic clash at the LEC against Kelowna. (Wilson Wong, UBC athletics for VarsityLetters.ca)
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Quad A: Gators, Owls clash reminds us all why we care so much about our high school game

LANGLEY — Sometimes, on those nights when the basketball gods deem it time, the things that allow a most beautiful game to achieve a heightened state of existence unfold before our eyes and remind us why we care so much.

The Holy Cross Crusaders gave chase to Ty Rowell and the Walnut Grove Gators on Friday at the LEC. (Wilson Wong, UBC athletics for VarsityLetters.ca)
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Quad A: Grove v. Kelowna, Ty v. Mace, a final that looks like “…a treat, a basketball treat”

LANGLEY — In their senior seasons, on the province’s two best teams, and now, facing each other in the final game of their respective high school basketball careers.Go on, say it: Today is the day for Ty Rowell vs. Mason Bourcier.

Kelowna's Paige Watson (left) tries to slow STA's Kristinn Black on Saturday at the LEC. (Howard Tsumura, Varsity Letters photo)
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STA’s Fighting Saints cap dream season for girls basketball at North Van school

LANGLEY — They did not field a girls basketball team at the senior varsity level in 2016-17, but North Vancouver’s St. Thomas Aquinas Fighting Saints still had what could only be described as a dream hoops season.One week after the Fighting Saints won the B.C. Grade 9 title, they stepped up to an even bigger […]

Panorama Ridge's Savannah Dhaliwal hangs on during collision with Churchill's Michelle Huang during opening-round action Wednesday at the Telus BC Triple A girls basketball championships. (Howard Tsumura -- Varsity Letters photo)
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FINAL: 03.01.17: Day 1 from the Telus B.C. girls basketball championships

It’s a wrap from Day 1 at the 2017 Telus BC girls high school senior varsity basketball championships.Here are game recaps from all 16 sudden-elimination contests. First we lead off with a look at Thursday’s schedule.DOUBLE AQUARTERFINALS12 p.m. — South Kamloops vs. Immaculta, 1:45 p.m. — Seycove vs. Ballenas, 3:30 p.m. — Vernon vs. Windsor; […]

I try and do the impossible: Put together the bracket for the BC girls AAA basketball championships!
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Tsumura: Here’s my draw for the 2017 B.C. AAA girls hoops tourney

Impossible to seed, impossible to please.Just downright impossible.Greater minds than myself have been entrusted with putting together tonight’s draws (7 p.m. live stream, click here) for both the B.C. AA and AAA senior girls basketball championships.So I figured I would give the AAA draw a shot. (For fun coaches, please keep this in mind).TOP HALF […]