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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 […]

G.W. Graham's Jude Hall (centre) experiences the hands-on defence of MEI's Jayden Cousins (left) during East Valley 3A zone final last month at the LEC. Also on the scene for MEI is Patrick Warrell. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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G.W. Graham ready to bear down! After four Final Fours and four Elite 8’s, Chilliwack’s Grizz set sights on four wins and a B.C. AAA title

LANGLEY — A dozen games does not a season make, yet in the case of Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Grizzlies (23-9), everything about its most recent 12 games of this season seem a portent to their week ahead as one of the favourites at the B.C. senior boys Triple A basketball championships.The Grizzlies have been one […]

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 […]

MEI Eagles' Jonathan Letkemann delivers a kill Friday against Josh Apperloo and the Langley Christian Lightning on Friday in the semifinals of the B.C. senior boys AA volleyball championships at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. boys AA volleyball finals are all set: Super-powers MEI and Langley Christian book berths after impressive Friday Final Four wins

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — The two preeminent AA boys volleyball programs in B.C. are set for a Saturday night showdown with the gold medal on the line.Since the turn of the century, the MEI Eagles and Langley Christian Lightning have combined to capture 13 provincial titles and a total of 27 medals over […]

MEI Eagles' Hunter Arulpragasam (left) and Tag Neufeld rise for a block against Lake Country's George Elliott Coyotes last Friday during the UBC Invitational at War Memorial Gym. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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MEI boys volleyball: Multi-sport players, multi-experienced coach Olfert meld to lift Eagles into B.C. AA title contention

ABBOTSFORD — The 2019 edition of the MEI Eagles senior boys volleyball team has its fair share of standouts, and none of that is a surprise for the team which last week opened at No. 1 in the first B.C. Double A rankings of the new season.Senior Tyson Ardell spent the summer with Team B.C. […]

Surrey's Earl Marriott Mariners open the season at No. 1 in the first B.C. senior boys Triple A Top 10 rankings.The defending B.C. champion Mariners will play Friday and Saturday at the UBC Invitational. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Top 10 Volleyball Rankings: AAA No. 1 Earl Marriott & AA No. 1 MEI each on stage this weekend at 32-team UBC Invitational

LANGLEY — The Earl Marriott Mariners, who open the new B.C. Triple A senior boys campaign as the preseason No. 1 team, would love to see history repeat itself.Last season, Surrey’s Mariners topped the Van Tech Talismen 3-0 in the B.C. AAA final at the Langley Events Centre.A victory this season would not only give […]

Van Tech's Lachlan McBride, bound next season for an OUA career with the Queen's Golden Gaels, finished as the runner-up in Varsity Letters' 2018 Super 15 B.C. boys high school volleyball Grade 12 Players of the Year. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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10th Anniversary Edition! Varsity Letters presents our 2018 B.C. senior boys high school volleyball Super 15

LANGLEY — Hard to believe that so much time has gone by since we announced our first B.C. senior boys Grade 12 high school volleyball Player of the Year back in December of 2009.In case you don’t remember, he stood 6-foot-4 and was a dynamic outside hitter from Surrey’s Fleetwood Park Secondary.Nick Del Bianco turned […]

With a tenacity honed from the physicality of water polo, Taylor Claggett has brought a natural level of abandon to her post in the post with Abbotsford's Fraser Valley Cascades. (Photo courtesy Dan Kinvig/Fraser Valley Cascades athletics)
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UFV’s Taylor Claggett: How the Cascades’ high-motor post makes her waves with all-out effort on and off the court

ABBOTSFORD — Survival in the painted areas of the basketball court has often been described as a ‘sink-or-swim’ proposition.