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Burnaby's Sophia Morton signs with hometown SFU Red Leafs

Morton won a bronze medal as part of the 2023 senior girls Burnaby Central Wildcats basketball team.
Hometown forward Sophia Morton will be joining the SFU women's basketball team for the upcoming season.

Sophia Morton has decided to continue her basketball career at home. 

The soon-to-be Burnaby Central Secondary grad has committed to the Simon Fraser University (SFU) women's basketball team starting this coming season after recently captaining the Wildcats senior girls' squad. 

"SFU feels like a second home to me," she said in a Red Leafs news release

"I've spent countless hours training on campus during my swimming years with the Burnaby Mountain Mantas, and I'm excited to continue my journey here as a part of the basketball team."

Morton won a gold medal during the grade 8 girls' basketball provincial championships in 2020 while also claiming bronze during the AAAA senior girls' basketball championships in 2023

It was the first known medal for Burnaby Central in the girls' AAAA division since 1948. 

SFU women's basketball head coach Bruce Langford said he is excited about Morton's addition, emphasizing her talent, work ethic and character. 

Several other graduating Burnaby Central Wildcats senior girls basketball players are moving up to the university ranks in the fall.

Jayla Huynh is joining the Columbia Bible College (CBC) Bearcats in the PACWEST conference of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Ankita Chopra will play for the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades of Canada West and U SPORTS, and Vobia Salome is heading east in committing to the Queens University Gaels in Kingston, Ont., also part of U SPORTS.

- with files from Kyle Balzer, Burnaby NOW