The Langley Christian Lightning seem ready to make a third run at the thus-far elusive B.C. senior girls Double A basketball championship title this March at the Langley Events Centre. It's a quest being led by the team's talented trio of seniors (left to right) Taelor Coxford, Sydney Bradshaw and Lainey Shelvey. (Photo graphic by Gabriel Lynn, photos by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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The ‘Strikes Thrice’ magic of the Langley Christian Lightning! In a tier-free girls high school basketball world, might Double-A powers be BC’s No. 1 overall team?

LANGLEY — Imagine a B.C. girls high school basketball world without any tiers of classification.Instead, replace it with a soup pot of sorts in which every team in the province is thrown together to form a chowder-like broth.Bring to a boil.Cover.Simmer.Let the cream rise to the top.And when you lift that cover, who might you […]

After her game-high 31 points on Tuesday, Riverside's Avery Sussex is averaging 23 ppg in two meetings this season against the crosstown rival Terry Fox Ravens. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Riverside stocks its mint from the free-throw line! Quad-A No. 1 Rapids make their trips count in win over crosstown No. 3 Terry Fox Ravens!

LANGLEY — The Riverside Rapids may have forgotten to bring their vaunted three-point shooting game to Tuesday’s second round in the Battle of PoCo.Yet in the end, the Quad-A No. 1 Rapids simply exchanged an icy time from distance for a white-hot one from the charity stripe en route to a decisive 88-60 win over […]

Riverside's Venica Davignon scored a team-high 18 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter of a game her Rapids won against crosstown rival Terry Fox on Saturday in the TBI final at the LEC. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: A Rapids ascent comes on the heels of red sneakers… Indeed, there’s no place like home as Riverside tops Terry Fox at LEC for Tsumura Basketball 2021 girls title!

LANGLEY — Venica Davignon didn’t have to click the heels of her red basketball slippers together three times and repeat the phrase ‘There’s no place like home’ on Saturday night in order to transport both herself and her Riverside Rapids teammates to their version of hoops utopia.After all, they were already standing on centre court […]

Terry Fox's Lauren Clements was a worthy Player of the Game pick for her Ravens on Friday in a TBI semifinal win over South Delta. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Hunker down for the Battle of PoCo… it’s No. 1 Terry Fox & No. 6 Riverside in a Saturday night LEC clash for Tsumura Basketball 2021 bragging rights!

LANGLEY — Get ready for the Battle of PoCo!On Saturday (8:30 p.m.), the Langley Events Centre will give B.C. girls high school basketball its last major showcase tournament until at least the start of February on when the Quad-A No. 1 Terry Fox Ravens take on the No. 6 Riverside Rapids.It’s a Port Coquitlam derby […]

Golden smiles defined, Port Coquitlam's Riverside Rapids celebrate the first B.C. senior girls volleyball title in school history Saturday in Nanaimo. (Photo property of Riverside Athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Riverside Rapids’ B.C. Quad-A girls volleyball title makes school history! Seniors complete a B.C. championship trilogy in heart-stopping fashion!

At no point along a four-year volleyball journey did Bryan Gee ever underestimate the size of the collective heart which beat within the roster of his Riverside Rapids’ girls volleyball team.Yet come Monday morning, even the team’s head coach had to admit that the performances of his team at the most critical junctures of this […]

St. Thomas More Knights senior boys basketball coach Aaron Mitchell. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Tip-off Wednesday: B.C. high school basketball is back, and minutes after news breaks, we catch up with six of our veteran coaches!

B.C. high school basketball coaches could barely contain their excitement Tuesday evening as they spoke with Varsity Letters just minutes after the official decision came down that B.C. high school basketball’s delayed opening was over, and that tip-off around the province would take place on Wednesday.“They have been waiting to go now for weeks,” said […]

Argyle Pipers' goalkeeper Lucas Robson grimaces while corralling the ball Friday during his team's 3-1 win over PoCo's Riverside Rapids in the semifinal stage of the 2021 B.C. senior boys high school Coastal championship tournament at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. Boys Coastal AAA Final 4: Argyle coach Darren Rath “…had a feeling” his Pipers were special, now comes a title-game berth after 3-1 win over Rapids!

BURNABY — All through the COVID-cancelled 2020 high school boys soccer season, veteran Argyle Pipers head coach Darren Rath carried around this feeling that all his class of rising senior varsity players needed was a season of play to verify just how special he knew them to be.Friday, on the lofty stage of the semifinal […]

Simon Fraser's Olivia Willett, pictured here at the NCAA Div. 2 West Region championships, closed out her collegiate career Saturday in the national championship race by making a statement about the size her heart. (Photo courtesy Simon Fraser athletics 2021. All Original Rights Reserved)
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SFU’s pure-guts harrier Olivia Willett collapses on course at NCAA XC nationals 300m shy of finish: “My brain was telling me to keep going but my legs were Jello”

The late, great U.S. middle distance runner Steve Prefontaine would likely have been smiling from above Saturday morning.And not because a talented collegian, in the final race of her NCAA cross-country career, had collapsed on the course at the national Div. 2 women’s championship race just 300 metres from the finish line.“To give anything less […]

The Riverside Rapids' Red Serge Invitational continued to re-shape the upper reaches of the B.C. senior girls Quad-A Top 10. (Photo by Riverside athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. girls high school volleyball rankings 11.10.21 edition, plus the complete wrap from Riverside’s blue-chip Red Serge Invitational!

LANGLEY — Quarterfinal victories at the Red Serge Invitational spurred the most significant movement within the B.C. Quad-A Top 10 senior girls volleyball rankings.And that movement came courtesy of two Kelowna schools.The Kelowna Owls moved up two places to No. 4 with a 2-1 win in the quarters over East Vancouver’s dynamic, Double A No. […]

A dunker, a high jumper, and a guy who looked like he had "...just arrived from Woodstock", Ted Cusick was a beloved coach who brought out the best in kids while having fun during a near 50-year coaching career. (Photo provided courtesy Cusick family 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Ted Cusick (1942-2021): B.C. boys basketball loses a coach for the ages, but impact of The Cuz, in the hearts of five decades of his former players, will never be forgotten!

VANCOUVER — When he arrived on the first day of classes at Point Grey Secondary School, in September of 1973, he was a well-traveled first-year student-teacher with a fashion sense for the times.Fu Manchu moustache. Huge sideburns. Flared pants. Platform shoes.It was a look that made Ted Cusick so instantly relatable to the students he […]