The start of the long road to Provincials gets underway this weekend for the Charles Hays Rainmakers Basketball program, with Mel Bishop's squad looking to remain a topic of conversation for the southern media types.
With the annual change to a line up that comes with the graduating class of June, the Rainmakers will once again be flying a little under the radar of those watching over BC High School Basketball in Vancouver, with the pre season rankings mainly a Vancouver or Vancouver Island themed listing.
|The Pre-season BC high School Basketball poll has been|
released and it's heavy on southern teams to start December
That could all change of course before New Years Eve leads into the 2017 season and the push towards the Provincial tournament. As we move into the final four weeks of the month we may begin see some hints as to how each team is shaping up following the first string of competitions and tournaments that are ahead.
An early opportunity to share the word that the Rainmakers may have a few changes to the line up but remain a force out of the north, comes up this weekend.
Saturday night and Sunday afternoon the Rainmakers host Langley's Brookswood Secondary at the Charles Hays Gym. The Bobcats arrive in Prince Rupert after a two game series with Caledonia in Terrace, tip offs go at 7 PM Saturday and 1 PM on Sunday.
Next week the Senior Boys are off on their first important road journey of the young season, heading to North Vancouver for the No Regrets Tournament at Argyle Secondary.
That annual event provides basketball observers down south with a sample of the calibre of play in the early stages of the season. In addition to the host Argyle squad, the Rainmakers will see action against some of the fourteen other entries in the high profile tournament, one which gains significant attention across the Lower mainland.
The Junior Boys Rainmakers are on the road, taking part in an ice breaker event at Duchess Park Secondary in Prince George. The team coached by Kevin Sawka have a number of young players looking to make their mark with the program heading into their 2017 season and hopes for a trip to the Fraser Valley in the Spring
The Boys and Girls basketball season will make the Charles Hays gymnasium a busy place through December, with a block of time already checked off for the Annual Rainmaker Alumni Tournament later this month.
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