King George senior Darko Karac helped lead his team past Zeru Abera and the STM Knights en route to TBI Select 16 MVP honours during championship game action from the 2023 Tsumura Basketball Invitational on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong protected image 2023, All Rights Reserved)
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TBI 2023’s Championship Saturday: Heart of a champion still beating as B.C. 2A champ King George tops STM Knights for Select 16 title!

TBI 2023 SELECT 16 CHAMPIONSHIP FINALKING GEORGE 76 ST. THOMAS MORE 64LANGLEY — Darko Kulic admitted that he barely slept on Friday night.Curiosity got the better of the head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at Vancouver’s King George Secondary after his Dragons moved themselves into the Select 16 championship game against Burnaby’s St. […]

St. Thomas More's Tarrence Booker has been one of B.C.'s very best senior point guards this season, and on Sunday he was selected zone MVP as his team faced the Byrne Creek Bulldogs in Sunday's Fraser North AAA zone final at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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STM’s Tarrence Booker: A rarity in this day and age, Knights’ Fraser North AAA MVP says: “Social media doesn’t really equate to how good a player really is”

LANGLEY — It was the kind of moment that a kid named Booker (T. Book to his friends) has learned to read all too well over the course of his high school basketball career.On Sunday afternoon, as the Fraser North Triple-A senior boys basketball championship game wound its way to what everyone at the Langley […]

Tamanwis Wildcats' star Tray Belanger was a force at both ends of the court as his Surrey-based team topped Port Moody's Heritage Woods Kodiaks at the B.C. junior boys basketball semifinals Monday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Garrett James property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2023. All Rights Reserved)
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Tray bien! Tamanawis’ budding superstar Tray Belanger takes ‘giant steps’ in leading ‘Cats past Kodiaks and into tonight’s B.C. Junior boys title tilt!

No. 1 TAMANAWIS 69 No. 12 HERITAGE WOODS 55LANGLEY — On Monday night, just past the midway mark of the second quarter, at a juncture of the biggest basketball game of both teams’ season, it took but a second for one player to remind us all that he was ready to take on all comers.Tray […]

Fleetwood Park's Aaron Uppal, pictured at this past December's TBI, helped his Dragons to their first-ever championship title at St. Thomas More's Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial on Saturday in Burnaby. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Goulet Chancellor Memorial 2023: Eesher Sarai plenty big enough to meet the challenge as Fleetwood Park edges St. Pat’s for Dragons’ first-ever tourney title at STMC!

BURNABY — B.C.’s No. 5-ranked Quad-A senior boys basketball team is playing up to its provincial pedigree, and that means a lot of good things have been coming the way of the Fleetwood Park Dragons.On Saturday, the Surrey squad achieved a program first, defeating Vancouver’s St. Patrick Celtics 71-68 in the championship final of the […]

The freshly-dedicated Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial gets off to an official start Wednesday at noon. Making it official was Dave Goulet (centre), the nephew of the late, great STM and Pitt Meadows coaching legend who tossed the opening ceremonial jump ball between Maeson Westerlund of Richmond's McNair Marlins (left) and Chris Ainley of the hometown STMC Knights. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2023 All Rights Reserved)
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The Rich Goulet Chancellor Memorial ’23: After two cancelled seasons, a grandaddy of B.C. hoop tourneys returns, its own fighter’s mentality not unlike its new namesake and foundational father!

BURNABY — They say that all great traditions, through the passing of time, seem to somehow take on the strongest characteristics of their creators.Early Wednesday afternoon, as he walked out of St. Thomas More Collegiate’s packed and deafening gymnasium having just coached the school’s first senior boys Chancellor tournament game in two years, Aaron Mitchell […]

Burnaby Mountain's Aidan Lear (left) is defended by Vancouver College's Aidan Lear during opening-round play in the TBI Super 16 draw Wednesday at the LEC. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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Tsumura Basketball 2022: We’ve gone final for Day 1 of the TBI Super 16 draw! Game reports, photos and Thursday’s schedule are all here!

LANGLEY — We are complete here after Day 1 at the Tsumura Basketball Invitational’s senior boys Super 16 draw.THURSDAYQUARTERFINALS (all games at Centre Court)3:30 p.m. — Kelowna vs. St. Patricks5 p.m. — Burnaby South vs. Enver Creek6:45 p.m. — Vancouver College vs. Fleetwood Park8:15 p.m. — Oak Bay vs. Sir Winston ChurchillWEDNESDAY’S GAMESVANCOUVER COLLEGE 83 […]

Lord Byng point guard Eli Mullin (left) drives past Brookswood's Logan Stewart at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 2022 All Rights Reserved)
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WE’RE COMPLETE! DAY 1 at Tsumura Basketball 2022: Complete game reports from our senior boys Rising 8 draw!

We are now complete after Day 1 of the inaugural Rising 8 bracket here at the 2022 Tsumura Basketball Invitational.SCHEUDLETHURSDAYSEMIFINALS(games at South Court)6:45 p.m.– Spectrum vs. Lord Byng8:15 p.m. — Steveston London vs. North DeltaFor a complete report of the Local 8 tournament, please go to the bottom of this story for a filing from […]

On a team filled with talented Grade 11 players, St. Thomas More point guard Tarrence Booker is one of the big reasons that Burnaby's Knights sit at No. 6 in the B.C. Triple-A rankings. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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St. Thomas More’s Tarrence Booker: Through his basketball bloodlines & Knights’ hoop traditions, Grade 11 point guard gains deeper appreciation for the game!

BURNABY — At the age of 16, you could say that the pages of Tarrence Booker’s basketball life are just now being written.Yet engage the St. Thomas More Collegiate Grade 11 point guard on any number of topics, both on and off the court, and it becomes pretty clear that he’s already a few chapters […]

St. Thomas More's Sebastian Gorrie sacks Vancouver College quarterback Finn Teasdale, forcing the Irish to kick a short field late in the third quarter of Subway Bowl B.C. AAA Coastal junior varsity final. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters 2021. All Rights Reserved)
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Coach Dave Ruzycki gets a hero’s send-off! STM coach ends 20-year career with Subway Bowl B.C. junior AAA Coastal title after win over Fighting Irish!

VANCOUVER — The championship photo had been taken under the goal posts at B.C. Place Stadium on Saturday, and that’s when St. Thomas More’s Subway Bowl B.C. junior AAA Coastal championship final was official.Wait, not until virtually every player on the squad came over to offer a hug to the Knights’ longtime head coach Dave […]

St. Thomas More Knights senior boys basketball coach Aaron Mitchell. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of 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 […]