Sixteen of the best B.C. senior boys basketball teams will converge on the LEC Dec. 6-8 for the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (LEC graphic)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Complete draw for our senior boys 16-team, 32-game classic at the LEC

LANGLEY — If you were at the Langley Events Centre last March, you got a chance to witness just how ever-evolving and fluid the state of a high school basketball team really is.

Centennial's Grace Killins is headed to Simon Fraser to begin her university basketball career in the fall of 2019. Before then, she ready for a highly-anticipated senior season with Coquitlam's Centaurs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Complete draw for our senior girls 16-team, 32-game classic at the LEC

LANGLEY — It’s never too soon to plan your pre-holiday basketball-viewing schedule.We certainly hope that includes the girls 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational, which runs Dec. 13-15 at the Langley Events Centre.Recently, we unveiled the 16-team field.Today, we’ve got the full bracket, including not only our opening-round games, but all 32 games and where they will […]

The Burnaby South Rebels, defending champs and No. 1 in VarsityLetters.ca's Big 10 preseason poll, headline at the 7th annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Our 2018 boys tournament features B.C.’s cream of the crop in Quad-A, Triple-A tiers

LANGLEY — Defending B.C. Quad-A champion Burnaby South heads a star-studded field of 16 senior boys teams this December  at the seventh annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational.

Walnut Grove's Jessica Wisotzki (9) is congratulated by teammate Tavia Rowell on Saturday as the LEC hosted the championship finale of the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (Wilson Wong photo/UBC athletics)
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TBI 2017: Nobody beats the Wiz! New star born in Gator Country, as Jess Wisotzki scores 41 in Walnut Grove’s title finale win over Abby

LANGLEY — In the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy wanted to get back to her most familiar and comfortable place, she put on her ruby red slippers and uttered the famous line “Click your heels together three times and say ‘There’s no place like home’ and you’ll be there.”

Riverside Rapids' Grade 11 guard Tessa Burton hits the deck while trying to play keep-away from Abbotsford Panther guards Sienna Lenz and Sydney Fetterly (obscured) during TBI semifinals Saturday morning in Langley. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: It’s No. 1 Walnut Grove vs. No. 5 Abbotsford in a battle for early-season B.C. girls hoops supremacy

LANGLEY — They don’t have a ton of history as far as each other is concerned, but the No. 1 Walnut Grove Gators of Langley and the No. 5 Abbotsford Panthers just might write the first chapter on Saturday night (8 p.m.).

Semiahmoo's Tara Wallack (left) drives against Janessa Knapp of Langley's Brookswood Bobcats during Sweet 16 action at the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational on Thursday at the Langley Events Centre. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Round of Sweet 16 announces arrival of some of B.C.’s best young senior varsity girls teams

Welcome to Day 1 of the senior girls varsity Tsumura Basketball Invitational. Here’s our look at all eight games from the opening round of Sweet 16.

G.W. Graham guard Jaya Bannerman and her Chilliwack-based Grizzlies will get the best competition of their season Thursday through Saturday at the LEC for TBI 2017. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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TBI 2017: Latest B.C. girls basketball rankings shows best-of-the-best squads headed to the LEC this week

LANGLEY — The senior varsity girls take centre this weekend at the Langley Events Centre as the 2017 Tsumura Basketball Invitational tips off a three-day run Thursday.Keep the latest provincial top 10 rankings nearby for handy reference.The TBI will feature eight of the current Top 10 AAA teams, plus three of its five honourable mention […]

Walnut Grove senior forward Natalie Rathler (right) soars to the basket against Saturday against the Handsworth Royals, helping lead her Gators to the title at the No Regrets Classic tournament. (Photo by Blair Shier, www.blair.photo)
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TBI 2017: Walnut Grove’s Rathler brings the noise and the poise, Gators’ forward preps for B.C. title run, future with UFV Cascades

LANGLEY — Natalie Rathler has discovered that in order to stand at your true height, you first need to raise the height of your confidence. And with that said and done, it’s why the senior forward with Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators has been a player impossible to miss, especially if you’re one of those who loves […]