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, […]

Argyle's Nathalie Francis (centre, 22) scored a game-high 24 points, yet Seaquam's Amar Thiara and the rest of Seahawks (pictured here in Dec. 15 game at TBI) rallied to earn a last-ditch berth to the provincials on Tuesday at Port Coquitlam's Riverside Secondary. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Seaquam girls end three decades of Big Dance silence! Comeback win over Argyle in last-chance clash sends Seahawks, along with Yale Lions, into B.C. Quad-A championships!

PORT COQUITLAM — They hadn’t punched their tickets to the Big Dance in so long that even the school’s historians were having a hard time trying to figure out when the last time the senior girls basketball team from Seaquam Secondary last qualified for the B.C. championships.One thing was certain, however, as the fourth-quarter clock […]

Seaquam's Amar Thiara (left) looks to dish in the face of defensive pressure from Argyle's Nathalie Francis during the Tsumura Basketball Classic in December of 2021. A re-birth in girls basketball at Seaquam has both its senior and junior varsity teams each sitting in the Top 10 rankings as March Madness approaches. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Seaquam revels in a girls basketball renaissance! The Seahawks of Sunshine Hills bring long-lost, late-1980’s vibe back to their North Delta neighbourhood!

NORTH DELTA — When it comes to senior varsity girls basketball, the high school from that North Delta neighbourhood known as Sunshine Hills is finding out how good it feels to find its place in the sun.When rankings were released earlier this week, not only was the Seaquam Seahawks senior girls team ranked at No. […]

Vancouver College running back Tommy Carvaolho, picutred here in the team's season-opening win over Carson Graham, rushed six times for 46 yards in a shutout win over visiting Seaquam. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Fighting Irish making O’Hagan their fortress! No. 1-AAA Vancouver College stays perfect at 5-0 following shutout win over Seaquam Seahawks!

VANCOUVER — In case you’re wondering, it’s been 749 days since the Vancouver College Fighting Irish last lost a football game.That’s over two years and counting, and although we know the pandemic wiped out the entire 2020 season, the smart money — based on the way the Irish has picked up in 2021 where it […]

Varsity Letters' first B.C. High School Football Players of the Week for the 2021 season are G.W. Graham's Grade 11 defensive end Vinny Branauer (left, 75) and Rutland Grade 10 quarterback Ty Walker. (Photos by Joanne Hewitt (left) and Martyne Vallerand respective property of G.W. Graham and Rutland athletics 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Varsity Letters 09.21.21 B.C. High School Football Players of the Week: Rutland’s Walker, GWG’s Branauer take top honours!

B.C. high school football is finally back into the full swing of things, and with that, Varsity Letters is honouring the top performances of each weekend by naming a winner and a runner-up as our Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.Coaches should remember that nominations from each weekend’s games need to be sent to […]

Despite the team's early-season carousel at quarterback, Carson Graham is 1-1 following a gutsy second-half performance by senior pivot Logan Mellish, a fact that has Eagles' head coach Brian Brady beaming with pride. Carson Graham topped Hansdsworth in the annual Buchan Bowl game Friday morning. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: 09.10.21 Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football report: Friday Night Lights late-night edition!

Welcome to Week 1 of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football ReportAs this is the first time we’ve posted with a full schedule of games since late in 2019, remember that in order to read about all of the contests played in our Friday Night Lights editions, you’ve got to keep checking back throughout the […]

Bill Stebbings (third right) is flanked by former players (left to right) Eron Labadie, Bill Richards, Charles Hotel, David Hughes, Bob Hoy and John Christie at the school's Wall of Fame induction ceremony this past December. (Photo property of Seaquam Seahawks athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Bill Stebbings 1949-2020: The architect of Seaquam Seahawks boys basketball always saw the big picture first

NORTH DELTA — He was a basketball coach who wanted the world for his players.And in the end, Bill Stebbings helped them find it by showing them that their commitment to the game was redeemable in later life in the form of wisdom and a deeper appreciation for the value of family and friends.On Tuesday, […]

Now in his 20th season as UBC head coach, Kevin Hanson sits one win away from the Canada West's all-time conference wins record. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Centennial's Dominic Parolin make an emphatic first-half statement for Coquitlam's Centennial Centaurs in its clash against the R.A. McMath Wildcats of Richmond during the Sweet 16 round of TBI 2019 on Thursday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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FINAL EDITION: Tsumura Basketball Boys 2019 Day 2 Sweet 16! All the game reports from the Langley Events Centre

LANGLEY —We’re going final from Day 2 here at the 2019 TBI.Full game reports are below, but first, a reminder that Friday’s quarterfinal games kick off at 9 a.m., while the semifinals tip off at 6:45 p.m.All championship round games are being played on Centre Court, so if you wanted to get your fill of […]