Riverside's Carlo Muro, a true coach for all seasons, is retiring after a 47-year career. Said former Riverside principal Chris Kennedy: “Carlo is what is the very best of school sports.” (Photo by Mike Schoenhals special for Varsity Letters, property of Riverside Secondary athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Carlo Muro: “Oh hamburger, I gotta go!” After a near half-century as a teacher-coach, one of B.C.’s best takes retirement with no regrets

PORT COQUITLAM — Anthony Ciolfitto asked a simple question, yet the answer he received spoke volumes about one of the most enduring teacher-coaches in B.C. high school sports history.“It was maybe four years ago, and he and I were having a conversation about retirement,” the former principal at Riverside Secondary remembers of a casual chat […]

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 […]

In a celebratory mood, Semiahmoo Totems (left to right) Nicole Pajic, Tara Wallack, Raushan Bindra, Izzy Forsyth and Emily Wubs each react to the buzzer-beating 60-foot trey sunk by teammate Deja Lee (fourth from left). (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Semiahmoo’s Tara Wallack and Izzy Forsyth lead No. 1 Totems to Top 10 Shoot-Out title with a dominance that harkens back to the early 2000’s

COQUITLAM — Semiahmoo’s Tara Wallack and Izzy Forsyth are setting enough of a standard these days as a high school front-court pair beyond compare that at least one rival coach found himself thinking back to the turn of the century for an apt comparison.“I coached against Kim Smith, Katja Fuess and Julia Wilson, and so […]

Riverside's star Grade 11 guard Sammy Shields is guarded by Lord Tweedsmuir's Alyza Aikins during 2019 TBI action, Dec. 14 at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Sammy Shields: A veteran at last, Riverside’s star guard leads a new core of Rapids into Centennial’s midseason Top 10 Shoot-Out showcase

PORT COQUITLAM — When you’re dropping 38 points in a senior varsity game as an eighth grader, the way Sammy Shields did back in the 2016-17 season, it seems a given that the greatest strength of the Riverside Rapids’ Grade 11 standout guard is her scoring ability.And while it’s hard to make a case that […]

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 […]

Simon Fraser junior harrier Olivia Willett (left) has been the top Clan finisher over its past eight races dating back to last season. On Saturday, she leads her team at the NCAA D2 West Regionals in Monmouth, Ore. (Photo property of Central Washington University athletics 2019. All rights reserved)
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Clan cross-country captain Olivia Willett embraces team aspects of her sport as SFU junior harrier leads her team to NCAA West Regionals

BURNABY — Ask any collegiate cross-country runner about the most unique aspects of their sport, and they will talk with passion about the power of the pack, and how each individual’s best performance is first-and-foremost a way to raise the level of the entire team.“You want to run with your teammates, not against them,” says […]

In its 2-1 overtime win over Sullivan Heights at the Fraser Valley championship tournament, Riverside's Maddy Birtch (right) was a tower of strength. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Finding their flow, PoCo’s Riverside Rapids hope another hard road to B.C. AAA girls soccer provincials pays dividends

SURREY — No team has perhaps had a tougher road to the B.C. senior girls AAA soccer championships the last two years running than Port Coquitlam’s Riverside Rapids.Last season, Riverside broke through by defeating Surrey’s Elgin Park Orcas 2-0 in the Fraser Valley’s seventh-place, loser-go-home match to earn its first-ever senior varsity provincial tournament appearance […]

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.

The Terry Fox Ravens are all smiles after edging their crosstown rivals, the Riverside Rapids, in Tuesday's Fraser Valley JV final played in Maple Ridge. (Photo by Steve Frost property of Terry Fox athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Youthful Ravens take flight from nest to LEC! Terry Fox’s JV girls basketball team takes 31-0 record into B.C. championships

PORT COQUITLAM — If you went by the manner in which the No. 1-ranked Terry Fox Ravens junior girls basketball team has arrived this season to stake their place in the B.C. high school hoops community, what with that perfect 31-0 record, you’d be excused for looking at them like a group of youthful super-heroines […]

Tavia Rowell of No. 2 Walnut Grove stares ahead at the challenge of Tara Wallack and the rest of the No. 1 Semiahmoo Totems. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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01.22.19 B.C. senior girls Top 10 AAA basketball rankings: Totems work hard to keep No. 1, Gators moved back to No. 2

LANGLEY — Surrey’s No 1 Semiahmoo Totems got a real push in the championship final of Saturday’s Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out, but managed to come away 75-71 winners over Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators.