They're a great eight. Yale's 2018-19 roster includes (left to right) Kyleigh Boldt, Brooklyn White, Tana Pankratz, Neelam Rai, Karishma Rai, Jessica Daley, Lily Borseth and Emmy Curtis. (Photo property of Yale Secondary athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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Yale’s Pride of Lions! New head coach Bobby Braich’s five-year plan gives girls program a reason to roar

ABBOTSFORD — Like the vast majority of his contemporaries, high school basketball coaching isn’t a paying proposition for Bobby Braich.

Jenna Griffin is back and healthy, and that is good news for Port Moody's Heritage Woods Kodiaks, who this week take part in the Centennial Top 10 Shoot-Out. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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TOP 10 SHOOT-OUT 2019: Battered, bruised but buoyant, No. 7 Heritage Woods Kodiaks finding “…value in the journey”

PORT MOODY — If they wanted to, the senior girls basketball team from Port Moody’s Heritage Woods Secondary could probably start a pretty mean bonfire by just collecting all the crutches, braces and bandages they’ve used to help them limp through the first seven weeks of the high school season.Yet the same team, which counts […]

The engine of the 2018-19 Kelowna Owls, Jaeli Ibbetson (left) and Kennedy Dickie embraced earlier this months in the seconds before their team won the B.C. AAA title at the LEC. Kelowna will open next season at No 1. (Photo by Garrett James property of Langley Events Centre)
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03.15.18: Our first look! The Varsity Letters/BCSSGBA Big 10 Pre-Preseason senior girls AAA basketball rankings

We’ve just finished the 2017-18 season, but we here at Varsity Letters are already looking ahead to next season.

Fania Taylor of the Walnut Grove Gators splits the defence of theCrabrook's Mt. Baker Wild on Friday at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of Varsity Letters)
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Cinderella Fraser Heights Firehawks, No. 1 Walnut Grove Gators set for B.C. junior girls title clash today

LANGLEY — Surrey’s Fraser Heights Firehawks started life at the 2018 B.C. junior girls basketball championships as enough of a long shot that they had win a game early Wednesday’s on the opening day of competition just to become a part of the event’s  main field of 16 teams. 

Heritage Woods' Breona Martin (left) contends with the defence of Kelowna's Rachel Hare during opening-round action at the 2018 B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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02.28.18: Complete Day 1 reports from the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championships

We’ve got reports from all eight games played in the opening round of the B.C. senior girls AAA basketball championship draw, but first a look at Friday’s championship draw:

The 24-team B.C. junior girls basketball championship draw is now live! LEC
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Walnut Grove takes No. 1 seed in 2018 BC junior girls draw, enviable depth on hand for head coach Grant Inkster

LANGLEY — Fraser Valley teams have taken the top three seeds for the 2018 B.C. junior girls basketball championships set to tip off Feb. 28 at the Langley Events Centre. Langley’s Walnut Grove Gators, taking a 24-4 record and a Fraser Valley title into the proceedings, have been installed as the No. 1 seed (draws included […]

Yale's Bradley Braich is bravely speaking out about his battle with mental illness. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Bradley Braich: Yale’s star guard won’t hide from mental illness, wants to help others avoid his nightmare journey

ABBOTSFORD —He was born into a sport where, during solitary jump-shooting drills, finding a stretch of perfection was not entirely impossible. Yet when held to a standard that existed only in his mind, it became an act which on too many days proved agonizingly unattainable.

Lord Tweedsmuir's senior point guard Dylan Kinley has learned to maximize the gifts he's been given and not harbour resentment for the ones he hasn't. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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Dylan Kinley: Dyslexia can’t stop Lord Tweedsmuir’s basketball star from writing his own story of hope and inspiration

SURREY — It takes but a second to step outside the box, and that’s what both Dylan Kinley and I are doing on a weekday afternoon, chatting about perception, reality and how, in the end, what matters most is the wiring between the heart and the brain.