John Oliver Jokers' Queenie Salazar can't fight back her tears of joy after the Grade 9 guard helped South Van's John Oliver Jokers to their first B.C. senior girls basketball championship tournament berth in 27 years last week in the school's own gym. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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The Joy of John Oliver’s basketball Jokers: After 27 years, ‘perpetual underdogs’ have their day, punch tickets to B.C. Quad-A championships!

VANCOUVER — Before he can can even begin to express the joy these days that comes from being a John Oliver Joker, Pat Lee offers an apology to the curious reporter at the other end of his cel phone connection.

The 1999-2000 CCAA national men's basketball champs from UCFV. On ladder (left to right) Tycson Boult, Mike Lee. Back row (left to right) Pat Lee (head coach), Aaron Wells, Dan Young, Jamie Armstrong, Anthony Toth, Ryan Haviland, Jarami Reid, Brad Petersen, Pat McKay. Front row (left to right) Tom Antil (assistant coach), Mike McLaverty, Wayne Jones. (Photo property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Former UFV Cascades basketball great Peter Wauthy will be inducted into the school's sports Hall of Fame on Friday. (Photo courtesy UFV athletics)
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Doctor’s order: UFV’s 2018 Hall of Famer Peter Wauthy discovered precision for a life in medicine started with basketball

ABBOTSFORD — Peter Wauthy never got a chance to play basketball at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre, yet after this weekend, fans of the Fraser Valley Cascades men’s basketball team will be reminded of one of their past heart-and-soul hardcourt heroes each time they pass through the mezzanine of their home gymnasium.