Riverside's Avery Sussex (left) and Riverside's Grace Bradshaw turned in two of reporter Howard Tsumura's most impressive moments over the course of the BC senior girls high school basketball championships. And none of them had anything to do with statistics. (Photos by Wilson Wong and Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre, TFSE 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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The story of Grace and Avery: On a red-letter day for BC girls hoop, two high school seniors show, through their incredible selflessness, why our great game has never stopped doing what it does best!

LANGLEY — There is a good case to make for Saturday’s menu of four B.C. senior girls basketball provincial championship finals as the stuff which constitutes the greatest single day in the history of the girls high school game in this province.The Double-A, Triple-A and Quad-A games were all decided by six points, each characterized […]

All season, he told his players that basketball is a game of runs and to never stop believing. On Saturday, Seaquam head coach Lucky Toor was wearing the spoils of victory as his Seahawks became the first team in Delta history to win a B.C. senior girls basketball championship title. (Photo by Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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BC Girls Quad-A final: In a zone of their own, Seaquam rallies with a perfect fourth quarter to stun defending champs & No. 1 seed Riverside, becoming Delta’s first-ever senior girls provincial hoop champs!

No. 3 SEAQUAM 79 No. 1 RIVERSIDE 73By Howard TsumuraLANGLEY — It’s one thing to have a secret weapon you’re pretty sure can get you out of just about any sticky situation you might run into on the basketball court.It’s another thing entirely to have the patience which allows you to actually keep that secret, […]

Burnaby Central's Ankita Chopra (left) and Riverside's Rae Roycroft gt all tied up during Fraser North Quad-A championship game played Feb. 18, 2024 at Simon Fraser University. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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Fraser North Quad-A final: After Riverside tops Burnaby Central in zone title clash, here’s 5 Things You Need to Know about the Rapids, the Wildcats and the best current rivalry in B.C. girls high school basketball!

BURNABY — The countdown is now on to the tip-off of the 2024 B.C. senior girls basketball championships, and at the largest Quad-A tier, Sunday evening’s marquee Fraser North zone championship game clash which saw the Riverside Rapids defeat the Burnaby Central Wildcats 82-72 was a reminder of one simple fact.In year where there has […]

Alex Motherwell of the SMUS Blue Jags returns as a senior this season as the Victoria squad looks to claim the B.C. senior girls Triple-A title. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. senior girls basketball Top 10 rankings! Preseason polls rate Riverside, SMUS, Mulgrave as teams to beat for B.C. hoops glory!

LANGLEY — A pair of defending B.C. champions, and a silver medallist from a season looking to strike some elusive gold of its own this season.That’s the back-story behind three of B.C.’s best teams, each of whom carry No. 1 rankings into the new 2023-24 campaign.Quad-A B.C. champion Riverside Rapids of PoCo and Double-A B.C. […]

His gold medal moment! After a quarter century of leading Riverside senior girls basketball and on and off the court, Paul Langford, 66, snipped the final stitch at the Langley Event Centre's Centre Court, claiming the spoils of victory. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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Riverside 70 Walnut Grove 52: How looking past the obvious and thinking outside the coaching box helped Sussex & Rapids beat Pemberton & Gators for the 2023 B.C. girls Quad-A hoops title!

LANGLEY — The hardest thing to do this season in the B.C. girls high school basketball world was to avoid concentrating on the obvious.And as so many coaches around this province would ultimately discover, paying too much defensive attention to perhaps the greatest scorer to ever grace our midst was ultimately not the answer to […]

Commanding the court, Riverside's Grade 11 point guard Avery Sussex contends with Burnaby Central's Vobia Salome during Day 3 Final Four action at the B.C. senior girls high school basketball championships. (Photo by Blair Shier property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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Just call her Little Magic! Like LA Lakers famed 1980 Finals switch, Riverside point guard Sussex posts up, turns tide as Rapids top Burnaby Central for finals date with Gators!

LANGLEY — If you’ve watched Riverside Rapids’ point guard Avery Sussex for any amount of time over her senior varsity basketball career, you can’t help but be struck by the level of versatility and adaptability she brings to the fore as her team’s feisty point guard.And at no time over her career has that versatility been […]

Burnaby's Central's Ankita Chopra (left) dishes the ball against Fleetwood Park's Amber Patrignani Dec. 14, 2022 in the opening round of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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Burnaby Central’s three-point reign proves too much for Rapids, No. 3 Wildcats upset No. 1 Rapids behind 26 points from MVP Chopra in Fraser North Quad-A title tilt!

BURNABY — Call it the wow factor of the Wildcats from Burnaby Central.Grade 11 forward Ankita Chopra’s baseline trey 40 seconds into the proceedings signalled the first of the team’s 15 three-point buckets on the night as the No. 3-ranked ’Cats, wire-to-wire leaders, beat the No. 1 Riverside Rapids of Port Coquitlam 74-61 to capture […]

The Quad-A No. 2 Walnut Grove Gators react to a win over No. 1 Riverside in the championship final Jan. 14 at Centennial Secondary's Top 10 Shoot-Out 2023. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Top 10 Shoot-Out ’23: Centennial’s mid-season showcase proves no one is unbeatable! As No. 2 Gators top No. 1 Rapids in Quad-A showdown, both teams reflect on lessons learned the hard way!

COQUITLAM — They’ve always played under a moniker, which in the grand tradition of the best high school nicknames, has lacked a genuine relevancy to either its history or its geography.Yet if you were among those in attendance for Saturday night’s championship final of Centennial Secondary’s re-borne Top 10 Shoot-Out senior girls basketball invitational, you […]

Avery Sussex exerted her on-court generalship in ways that reminded of you of the Riverside Rapids run to the B.C. Quad-A championship game last March as the Grade 11 point guard scored 33 points and led her team past OKM and into the finals Saturday against Walnut Grove. (Photo by Ryan Molag property Langley Events Centre-TFSE 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: It’s Kiera and Avery in TBI’s title tilt tonight after Pemberton & Gators top Mulgrave, and Sussex & Rapids top OKM’s Huskies!

LANGLEY — The two teams ranked at the very top of the B.C. senior girls Quad-A Top 10 poll have done their part to help create a dream championship final here at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.And the best part of all?The No. 1-ranked Riverside Rapids of Port Coquitlam and the No. 2-ranked Walnut Grove […]

Riverside's Avery Sussex helped her Rapids to a TBI-title win in 2021 over the crosstown Terry Fox Ravens in what was a precursor to the 2022 B.C. senior girls Quad-A championships won by the Ravens. The 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational tips off a four-day run Wednesday and you can be sure there will be plenty of clues offered as to who might well win the 2023 B.C. crowns at Quad-A, Triple-A and Double-A. (Photo by Wilson Wong 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: Our 32-team girls event tips off Wednesday in historic fashion with all four preseason No. 1’s set to take part!

LANGLEY — The 2022 senior girls Tsumura Basketball Invitational, set to open a four-day run Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre will unveil something of an historic opening-day draw.No official records have been kept, but our star-studded 32-team tournament, broken down into three separate draws this season, may well likely be the first to ever […]