The Langley Christian Lightning waited two years for a celebration that came via a fourth-quarter rally on Saturday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura 2022 property of Varsity Letters. All Rights Reserved)
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Two years after 2020’s heartbreaking B.C. title-game loss, trust in each other carries Langley Christian Lightning past Mulgrave Titans to a redemptive 2022 B.C. Double-A title!

LANGLEY — The past two years have left all of us with plenty of moments for deep contemplation, and for Langley Christian senior girls basketball coach Danielle Gardner, it’s meant among other things, time spent re-affirming the trust she’s always had in her own process as a coach of young women.If you think that is […]

The Langley Christian Lightning seem ready to make a third run at the thus-far elusive B.C. senior girls Double A basketball championship title this March at the Langley Events Centre. It's a quest being led by the team's talented trio of seniors (left to right) Taelor Coxford, Sydney Bradshaw and Lainey Shelvey. (Photo graphic by Gabriel Lynn, photos by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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The ‘Strikes Thrice’ magic of the Langley Christian Lightning! In a tier-free girls high school basketball world, might Double-A powers be BC’s No. 1 overall team?

LANGLEY — Imagine a B.C. girls high school basketball world without any tiers of classification.Instead, replace it with a soup pot of sorts in which every team in the province is thrown together to form a chowder-like broth.Bring to a boil.Cover.Simmer.Let the cream rise to the top.And when you lift that cover, who might you […]

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 […]

With York House's Nadeen Wu in pursuit, Langley Christian's Sydney Bradshaw turns a corner in the key during fourth quarter action from Friday's B.C. 2A semifinal contest at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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They’ve put ‘The Shot’ behind them! No. 1 seed Langley Christian top York House to earn B.C. finals berth vs. No. 2 Britannia

LANGLEY — Makenna Gardner remembers the pain of ‘The shot’, and now that she and her Langley Christian teammates have officially exorcised the memories of last season’s B.C. semifinal OT loss to the G.W, Graham Grizzlies, it’s time for the Lightning to officially set its site on the school’s first B.C. girls basketball title.Sydney Bradshaw […]

It's a battle of 10th graders Saturday at the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out as Langley Christian's Sydney Bradshaw (left) guards Terry Fox's Alisha Weloy. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out 2020: Double-A No. 1 Langley Christian’s Grade 10 duo of Shelvey and Bradshaw shines in win over Terry Fox

COQUITLAM — It seems there is a youth movement wherever you care to look these days in the B.C. senior girls high school basketball world.From teams comprised almost entirely of underclassmen, to those with quality smatterings of non-seniors, that was clearly the theme of this week’s 2020 Top 10 Shoot-Out at here at Centennial Secondary.And […]

Langley Christian's Sydney Bradshaw finds a gap in the Kelowna defence during third-place game at 2019 TBI, Saturday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2019 Girls: Double-A Langley Christian tops Quad-A Kelowna for third as BC’s largest tier denied gold, silver and bronze

LANGLEY — When the 2019 girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational tipped off Wednesday afternoon, eight teams from the B.C. Top 10 Quad-A rankings, issued that very day, were among the event’s 20-team field.By the time Saturday’s third-place game concluded however, there was not a single team left standing in the quest for gold, silver or bronze […]

OKM's Tatum Wade (left) rises in the paint past Langley Christian's Keira Hummelman during TBI Final Four Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2019 Final Four: On a mission, Kelowna’s OKM Huskies top Langley Christian to earn tourney-title shot Saturday!

LANGLEY — Oh my… how their star has risen over the nine-plus months.Last season, Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies had to beat Surrey’s Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers on a neutral court in Merritt in a sudden-elimination, last-chance to the Big Dance clash just to qualify for the B.C. Triple-A championship tournament.They won that game, and ever since […]

Battling in the paint to score two of her eight points is Langley Christian's Kathryn New. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2019 Elite Eight: Lightning strikes in defensive battle! Double A No. 1 LCS tops STM, faces Triple-A No. 1 OKM in Friday night Final Four

LANGLEY — It wasn’t too long ago when the Langley Christian Lighting were competing in the province’s small school Single-A tier.Tonight (6:45 p.m.), the Lightning face Kelowna’s Okanagan Mission Huskies in the TBI 2019 semifinals, sitting a win away from a berth in Saturday’s championship final.Maintaining poise and patience, and ultimately finding ways to execute […]

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 […]

The B.C. Double-A boys volleyball championship has returned to the MEI Eagles of Abbotsford. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Double A Volleyball Finals: After topping rival LCS Lightning, MEI’s Eagles soar to find golden and familiar perch

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — The season has ended the way it began for the MEI Eagles: No. 1 in B.C.For the first five weeks of the 2A senior boys’ season, the Abbotsford school found itself at the top of the rankings. But in late October, the Eagles lost their perch, first to the […]