Prince Rupert's hoops fans can finally dig out their cowbells and air horns for another season, with the Charles Hays Rainmaker Basketball program ready to launch the 2017-18 season and make their push towards yet another placement in the Big Dance of Provincials in March.
The path that leads towards Langley will be launched this weekend on the road for both the Junior Boys and the Senior boys squads.
With the Junior Boys facing the longest trek of the two teams, as coach Kevin Sawka's Junior Boys will be in Prince George for some pre season tournament play.
The Rainmakers will be setting up camp at Duchess Park Secondary, with a number of Prince George area schools set to provide the competition as they take to the court through Friday and Saturday.
The Rainmakers will also get a glimpse at one of the top University facilities for sports as part of their trip to Prince George, their first match up of the weekend is Friday morning against their hosts Duchess Park at 11:30 at the UNBC Northern Sports Centre.
All other games over the two days will be at the Duchess Park campus.
The Junior Boys head into December percolating just under the Top Ten rankings from BC Boys Basketball, gaining an honourable mention in the November 27th listing.
The Senior Boys will renew acquaintances with some familiar competitors in the tip off to 2017-18, with the Rainmakers travelling to Terrace and Saturday match ups with Mount Elizabeth and host Caledonia.
As they make ready for the upcoming year, the BC Basketball rankings from November 27th have them slotted in at sixth overall in the very competitive AA Bracket.
The weekend work will provide both teams with a good measuring stick as they head into the start of the season, and offering up some notes for the coaches for those early morning, or late afternoon practice sessions.
Rainmaker fans will be able to head to the Charles Hays Gym and make some noise in December as both the Boys and Girls programs get into full flight, with play days and tournaments all on the horizon.
You can follow all of the Rainmaker squads through the Charles Hays twitter feed.
We also keep an eye on the Rainmakers and other Northwest teams through our archive page here.
Senior Boy's Scoreboard
Rainmakers 123 vs Mount Elizabeth 41
Rainmakers 101 vs Caledonia 61