It may have taken 500-plus years to find King Richard III's final resting place, but all will be decided this week when it comes to both the senior girls and boys basketball standings.
From right here at home to across the globe, Tri-Cities athletes took to the spotlight and set a brilliant tone to 2012.
As a team under the radar, the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils did their utmost to leave an indelible mark at last week's B.C. AAAA senior girls volleyball championships.
Gutsy, spirited and emotional all describe the journey the Heritage Woods Kodiaks travelled in Saturday's B.C. AAAA senior girls volleyball championship final in Port Coquitlam.
In a fitting duel against a familiar foe, the margin came down to one goal and little else.
With the Vancouver Mainland Football League's junior bantam playoff title on the line, the two Coquitlam squads laced up the boots and delivered a great game for parents and fans.
It took three days to whittle down 16 teams, but when the B.C. senior girls AAA field hockey championships wrapped up, Handsworth walked away with the top prize.
Another high school sport heads into its provincial showcase, while action continues to heat up on the local soccer pitch and arenas.
District 43's Fab Four were still in play as of yesterday (Thursday).
The senior girls North League field hockey playoffs kicked off on Tuesday, beginning the march for those District 43 squads with an eye on a provincial AAA berth.
Wall-to-wall friends and family came to celebrate the induction and honours expressed to Coquitlam's sports leaders last Thursday, as the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame held its third annual induction ceremony.
Boasting an overall record that reads 19-3, you could make the argument that the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils deserved a better fate to close out the senior girls soccer season.
It may have been hastily cobbled together, but nowhere near as hasty as a quartet of Tri-Cities boys runners.
Having locked up their spots in the B.C.s one day earlier, Thursday's provincial seeding contest between the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils and Centennial Centaurs was more about local bragging rights than anything else.
The Terry Fox Ravens opened up their postseason in convincing fashion Wednesday, downing Oak Bay 72-53.
As far as provincial measuring sticks go, all signs point to PoCo.
There was no bad blood, just good basketball at the Coquitlam District junior girls championships last week.
The highlights were many. Even the losses were lined with silver. For the past 12 months, the accomplishments and achievements of Tri-Cities athletes gave us much to cheer for. Champions and near-champions, feats and fumbles stocked the pages of The NOW. It's always difficult to reduce the many results to just a few, but as is our annual tradition, here is what we consider the 12 top sports stories of 2011:
Beneath a snowy skyline, the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils squad struck first and often in thumping Tamanawis 6-2 in the junior boys soccer Fraser Valley final on Thursday.