Vancouver College's Jason Soriano (right) does his best to slow Brent Padilla of Holy Cross during a quarterfinal play-in clash between a pair of Top 10 Quad-A teams Friday morning in PoCo. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Holy Cross beats VC in all-Catholic battle, Oak Bay tops Tammy: Legal Beagle’s Friday night Final Four dance card now complete

PORT COQUITLAM — The Holy Cross Crusaders and Oak Bay Bays will attempt to go 2-0 over perhaps the most competitive single day of their 2018-19 senior boys Quad A basketball seasons.

Last season Burnaby South and Oak Bay met in the quarterfinals of the BC tourney as respective No. 8 and No 1 seeds. When they meet in the TBI quarters on Friday, it will be with those ranking numbers flipped. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Friday at TBI 2018: Setting up the day, previewing the Rebels-Bays replay of 2018 BC’s, and chatting with South’s Sasha Vujisic

LANGLEY — Has the uniqueness of Friday’s marquee match-up struck you just yet? Yes, that one! On Friday, the Tsumura Basketball Invitational’s second set of morning quarterfinals at 10:30 a.m. includes one drenched in plotlines.

Harjas Sidhu (right) and the Tamanawis Wildcats topped Kelsey Gahir and the rest of the crosstown rival Fleetwood Park Dragons 1-0 on penalty kicks in a crosstown derby to determine the seventh-and-final Fraser Valley berth to next week's B.C. boys AAA soccer championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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B.C. boys AAA soccer championship draw: Sentinel, Oak Bay, Abby and VC’s Irish top seeds ahead of Nov. 22 kick-off at Burnaby Lakes

BURNABY — Coquitlam’s Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils, one season after winning its fifth provincial top-tiered title in nine years, aims for a half-dozen in a decade when the 2018 B.C boys AAA high school soccer championship tournament kicks off Nov. 22 at Burnaby Lake West.

Among the new wave of leaders within the roster of defending B.C. champion Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils is Jaedinn Mushtuk (right) seen here in 2017 B.C. Final Four action against the Reynolds Roadrunners. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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BC boys AAA high school soccer: Oak Bay enters playoffs at No. 1, defending champion Charles Best among Fraser Valley faves

COQUITLAM — You’re the defending champs and you’ve welcomed an octet of eight key players back into the team from last November’s memorable run through the B.C. AAA tournament.

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Doing a double take? Yes, that is Oak Bay's resident basketball star Diego Maffia, this year the starting setter for the Barbers' Top 10 AAA volleyball team, and the leading scorer on the Bays varsity soccer team. Remind you of another Victoria wunderkind of the past? (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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A Sunday read: Oak Bay’s star multi-sport student-athlete Diego Maffia shares a high school resume strikingly similar to you know who!

VICTORIA — He’s the reigning Vancouver Island AAA MVP in one sport. In another, at it’s 2017 B.C. AAA championship tournament, he was the event’s second-leading scorer. And finally, in the sport of basketball, the one he calls his speciality, he is easily among a handful of the best long-range shooters our province has seen in the […]

Aaryanna Kurucz was a part of gold-medal winning efforts of the Maple Ridge Ramblers over the weekend in both the 400m and 1600m relays in Langley. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Ramblers back on track! After near quarter-century dry spell, Maple Ridge rises to claim B.C. senior varsity title

LANGLEY — It was just six weeks ago, at stop along the Interstate 5 precisely half way between Seattle and Portland, that the Maple Ridge Secondary track and field team spent a weekend together to better find out who they were.

Burnaby South fans may well get a chance to enjoy another of these rare moments as the Rebels will enter the 2018-19 season as the clear B.C. Quad A title favourite. (Photo by Wilson Wong, UBC athletics)
The Tamanawis Wildcats and W.J. Mouat Hawks met in a thrilling Fraser Valley Quad-A final last Sunday at the LEC. I've seeded Tammy No. 2 and Mouat No. 4 in my 16-team senior boys bracket. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Howie’s look: A day in advance, how I would construct the B.C. senior boys AAAA Championship draw

LANGLEY — The real experts will have their work cut out for them on Sunday morning when they gather here to assemble the draws for all four of the tiered B.C. senior boys basketball championships which tip off four-day runs this coming Wednesday at the LEC.

Suraj Gahir (left) of the 3A North Delta Huskies, as well as both Valdi Alarie-Hill (middle) and Ewan MacKenzie of the 4A Oak Bay Bays both have their teams in the top four of their respective tiers this week. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.21.18 B.C. senior boys Big 10 basketball rankings: Tweedsmuir, Mouat the big 4A climbers

LANGLEY — With just one more set of rankings will follow after the completion of zone championships, it’s that time of year that even ranked teams face: Sudden elimination.

Gurlal Mann and the rest of the defending B.C. Triple A champion Rick Hansen Hurricanes of Abbotsford are making a late run among the provincial elite. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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02.14.18 Valentine’s Day edition: B.C. boys Big 10 high school rankings for all four tiers, plus their preseason ranks

LANGLEY — The countdown from Valentine’s Day to tip off at the 2018 B.C. boys high school basketball championships at the Langley Events Centre hit precisely 21 days at 8:30 this morning. Can you wait?