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 […]

OKM Huskies' senior guard Melaina Corrado (centre) takes it hard to the rim against McMath's Caitlin Kippan (left) and Abby Bodden during B.C. AAA semifinal Friday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Okanagan Mission Huskies revel in a defensive state of mind! Stops key an 11-0 run, win over McMath and berth in Saturday’s B.C. Triple A final

LANGLEY — When the Okanagan Mission Huskies came to Langley in mid-December for the Tsumura Basketball Invitational, they were an untested and relatively unknown entity in the world of B.C. high school girls basketball.After they beat the Britannia Bruins in the championship final, however, they set in place an identity which has made them one […]

TBI MVP Lily Pink (rear, left) and late-game heroine Makenna Jacklin (rear, right) celebrate along with the rest of their Okanagan Mission teammates following championship win over Britannia at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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A SUNDAY READ: Okanagan Mission tops Britannia as a most illuminating TBI 2019 sheds new light on the state of B.C. girls high school hoops

LANGLEY — For the first few days of the 2019 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, Makenna Jacklin did a really good job of convincing herself that she’d lost her jump shooting mojo.

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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 […]

Okanagan Mission's Melaina Corrado digs in during a drive to the rim against Walnut Grove's Tabitha Knoedel (left) and Tia Rowell on Friday morning during TBI quarters at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2019 Elite Eight: Deep and dangerous Okanagan Mission Huskies too much for Walnut Grove Gators

LANGLEY — It’s still early in the season, yet Meghan Faust is not letting anything get stale with her Okanagan Mission Huskies senior girls basketball team.While the focus is on execution during the games this week here at TBI 2019, it’s pretty clear that B.C.’s No. 1-ranked Triple-A team holds some pretty intense practices, and […]

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 VarsityLetters.ca 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 Kelowna Owls show their elation after rallying past Victoria's Claremont Spartans for a four-set win in one of two semifinals contested Friday at the B.C. senior boys AAA volleyball championships. (Photo by Jon Hayduk property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys AAA Volleyball – Will Earl Marriott complete golden three-year run, or will Kelowna end 66-year title drought? Answer comes Saturday!

By Gary AhujaLangley Events CentreLANGLEY — All that is standing in the way of the Kelowna Owls’ first AAA provincial volleyball championship in 66 years is an Earl Marriott Mariners program on a dominant three-year run.In 2017, Surrey’s Mariners were 38-0 and captured the junior boys provincial title.After graduating to the senior ranks, the core […]

Semiahmoo's Deja Lee (left) will lead her Semiahmoo Totems into the 2019-20 season as the clear favourites in B.C. senior girls Quad-A hoops. Always lurking will be Sophia Wisotzki and the rest of Langley's Walnut Grove Gators. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Girls AAAA Basketball Top 10 Rankings: Cache of new contenders includes JV champ Fox, yet Semiahmoo’s Totems a rock-solid No. 1

LANGLEY — Down one returning starter but another year older and another season wiser, Surrey’s Semiahmoo Totems are, to no one’s surprise, an overwhelming favourite to repeat as B.C.’s top-tiered champs, this time at the brand-new Quad-A level.

Claremont's Ben Manns (left) plays a little unintentional suffocating defence on Burnaby South's Jimmy Zaborniak on Sunday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Junior Boys 2019: Our look at how No. 1 Burnaby South & No. 4 St.Pat’s arrived at Monday’s ‘guards galore’ Final 4 showdown

LANGLEY — How many great guards on the floor is too many? That’s a silly question because the more the merrier, and for fans of uptempo basketball that is going to be the case Monday in one of two semifinals here at the 2019 B.C. junior boys basketball championships.

Stef Young (8) and the rest of Kelowna's OKM Huskies have advanced to the B.C. AAA championships next week at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Road to the LEC 2019: Despite heavy grad toll and a move to AAA, OKM’s amazing Huskies punch wild-card tickets to B.C.’s

MERRITT — It was supposed to be a re-building year, especially because the Okanagan Mission Huskies were not only replacing a talented core of seniors, but because they were moving up tier to Triple A this season.