Basketball season is here.
And to kick off the hoopla, the Ballenas Whalers junior and senior girls teams are hosting the Kickstart Basketball Tournament Friday and Saturday.
It is an opportunity for both Whalers teams to gauge how they stack up against other teams that they may face in the regular season.
According to junior girls coach Bryan Spray, who is helping organize the tournament, it is too early to say for sure how things will go for both teams this season.
The teams taking part in the tournament include Marc Isfeld, Nanaimo District, North Delta, Brentwood, Wellington and Oak Bay.
The Junior Whalers will open the tournament with their first game against Brentwood on Friday at the school gym at noon. This will be followed by the Senior Whalers taking on the Mark Isfeld Ice at 1:30 p.m.
The scheduled games:
Friday, Dec. 1
12 p.m.: Ballenas vs Brentwood
3 p.m.: Ballenas vs Wellington
6 p.m.: Brentwood vs Wellington
1:30 p.m.: Ballenas vs Mark Isfeld
4:30 p.m.: North Delta vs Nanaimo
7:30 p.m.: Ballenas vs North Delta
Saturday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m.: Wellington vs Oak Bay
2:30 p.m.: Oak Bay vs Brentwood
5:30 p.m.: Wellington vs Ballenas
10 a.m.: Nanaimo vs Mark Isfeld
1 p.m.: Mark Isfeld vs North Delta
4 p.m.: Nanaimo vs Ballenas