Justin Hinrichsen of Victoria’s Spectrum Thunder during Tsumura Basketball Invitational 2023 this past December at the Langley Events Centre. The Thunder won last week’s Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial at STM, and followed with a win over crosstown rival Oak Bay on Tuesday. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2024. All Rights Reserved)
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Rolling down their own Thunder Road: Behind its Hinrichsen-Felt-Helman power trio, Saanich’s Spectrum Thunder earn old-school respect as B.C.’s new No. 1-ranked Quad-A boys basketball team!

BURNABY — Is March Madness 2024 going to play out to the strains of Bruce Springsteen’s classic Thunder Road?Or perhaps that should be AC/DC’s power-chord bonanza known as Thunderstruck?As January does its usual fast-break towards February and the stretch drive to the B.C. senior boys basketball championships, its soundtrack has indeed been thunderous, as in […]

King George guard Ashton Vij (left) and the rest of his Dragons, pictured here during championship game action against St. Thomas More at the 2023 Tsumura Basketball Invitational this past December, retained their position at No. 1 in the most recent B.C. senior boys Double-A Top 10 issued Wednesday. (Photo by Wilson Wong protected image 2023, All Rights Reserved)
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B.C. BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS 01.10.24 EDITION: Oak Bay back on top at Quad-A! B.C.’s newest cross-town rivalry resumes vs No. 2 Spectrum resumes Jan. 16! First ranks of 2024 are here!

LANGLEY — As 2023 gives way to 2024, it’s been a case of ‘all quiet’ atop the upper reaches of B.C. senior boys basketball.That is unless you look to the Vancouver Island South league, where the province’s top two Quad-A teams are making news each time they step on the court.The latest installement in the […]

Spectrum's Justin Hinrichsen (left), battling in the paint with West Vancouver's Malcolm Lotz at the 2022 B.C. junior boys Sweet 16 at the LEC, has come into his own as a 10th grader on the senior varsity Thunder, in town to play in the Tsumura Basketball Invitational beginning Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2022. All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: A chip off the old hoops block, Grade 10 Justin Hinrichsen helps lead Spectrum Thunder precisely 30 seasons after dad Eric’s B.C. title with Carihi Tyees!

Justin Hinrichsen doesn’t spent a whole lot of time thinking about it.“It just happens,” the 6-foot-3, 165-pound Grade 10 guard/forward with Victoria’s Spectrum Thunder admits when asked how his rare combination of athleticism, talent and instinct has managed to intersect in such a timely fashion just weeks into his first season of senior varsity hoops.“I’ve […]

STM's Michael Simone (right) has played his best games against B.C.'s best. On Friday, the STM receiver set up his team's first TD in a win over No. 2 Terry Fox with a 90-yard reception. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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FINAL EDITION! 10.19.18 Friday Night Lights edition: Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report

LANGLEY — Welcome to the Saturday morning updated version of the Friday Night Lights edition of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report. We’ve added late reports from Vancouver College vs. Lynden (Wash.) and Westsyde vs Salmon Arm.Looks for our Saturday edition later today with all the results from today. A full schedule of today’s game […]

Mt. Douglas tackler Zairech Kremler attempts to slow Notre Dame running back Teon Alexander-Amour, and a member of the officiating crew does his best to step aside. In the end, nothing stopped Alexander-Amour from rushing 10 yards to pay dirt as part of the unranked Jugglers' upset 15-12 win over the No. 4-ranked Rams. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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09.21.18 B.C. High School Football Report Week 3, Friday Night Lights edition

LANGLEY — Welcome to Week 3 of the 2018 B.C. high school football season. There’s a small handful of non-conference tests on tap tonight, but the heart of Friday Night Lights are its 10 conference clashes. Keep checking back here tonight for updates.

Brandon Robbins of Victoria's Spectrum Thunder rushed for a late touchdown Saturday at BC Place, but it wasn't enough to stop Vancouver's Eric Hamber Griffins from winning the Subway Bowl Tier 2 provincial title. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Hey, ho Hamber! Griffins top Spectrum, become Vancouver’s first public school in 25 years to win senior varsity football title

VANCOUVER — It took a while, but when the Eric Hamber Griffins finally got around to winning a provincial football title, they did it with ridiculous historical flair.