Rattlers open at home with new scoreboard

OSS Rattlers will have a new scoreboard to show off when they open home play this afternoon. (Submitted photo)

Osoyoos Secondary Rattler fans will get a first home look at their mens’ and womens’ basketball teams in action today — and a first look at the school’s new scoreboard and glass backboards.

The teams host traditional rival Similkameen Secondary Sparks in a pair of contests this afternoon in the OSS gymnasium.

The Rattler men play at 4 p.m., the women at 5:45 p.m.

“The guys are excited about the upcoming game,” said Rattlers head coach Casey Brouwer. “They have worked hard over the holiday break and are ready to play.”

The team opened the season with convincing wins over Princeton (137-76) and won a tournament in Grand Forks while averaging 115 points over their first four games.

But the men came crashing back to Earth at a Kelowna tournament, losing two of three games.

The Sparks come into the game ranked fourth provincially and have also beaten Princeton (116-90).

(We’d like to tell you more about the Womens’ team, but making contact with the coach has proven difficult.)

A new scoreboard installed over the holiday break will also see action this afternoon. The clock — and a pair of glass backboards — was purchased with funds raised through the Bhavsagar Sikh Temple, with the OSS parent council kicking in a little cash as well.

“Over the Christmas break, our maintenance team did an amazing job taking down the old clock and backboards and installing the new equipment before we got back in January,” said OSS vice-principal and athletic director Brad Burns.

The Nevco system is very user friendly and we’ve already trained some of our senior high students on how to use it.”

Burns added the clock has already had some use in phys. ed. classes and for intramural programming.

“It’s great because the equipment benefits all of our students and not just athletics.”

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