Basketball teams pump up students for basketball season with games and prizes at Midnight Madness

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Stephanie Soto

Students won prizes, ate free pizza, and met the basketball teams at Midnight Madness after the Lady Seasiders’ volleyball game against rival Dixie State on Oct. 14. Students said the event helped them to get hyped.

Alyssa Odom, a freshman from Washington majoring in music, said, “It was cool to meet all the basketball players and see the fun things they can do.” One of Odem’s favorite parts was observing the team member’s skills.

The team showcased their skills during a dunk contest and had students organize themselves into teams for some games. The cheerleading squad also performed for students.

Hannah Faber, a freshman from Alaska studying hospitality and tourism management, said, “It was crazy. I liked all the prizes.”  During the dunk contest, Faber said her favorite dunk was when one of the players picked it up with their feet and tossed it to another player to dunk.

Tyler Pisciotta, a sophomore from Las Vegas studying biomedical sciences, was part of the team that won all the prizes. He said it was all due to team members Justin Yamzon, and Gabriel Andrade.

Cody Beckett, a sophomore from California studying business, said Yamzon tossed the ball from up near the concession stairs down to his teammate who made the dunk.

Bailey Kikuchi, a sophomore with an undeclared major from California, is a point guard on the team. He said, “It’s a good opportunity for fans to get involved and come and see what the basketball team has to show for its upcoming year.”

Kikuchi continued, “It’s a good opportunity for our team to get together and just bond together and show some school spirit out here.” The dunk contest, according to Kikuchi, was his favorite part of the night.

Date Published: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Last Edited: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016