Archive for Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Basehor-Linwood girls basketball team is hosting midnight madness

November 7, 2007

Basehor-Linwood: get ready for Midnight Madness.

BLHS girls basketball coach Noah Simpson announced last week that his team is putting on a new event at the school.

With Monday, Nov. 12th slated as the first day teams can begin practicing in the state of Kansas, and since the students are not in school that day, the coach decided to open the season with an unprecedented event.

"This is something that has not been done here for girls basketball and this could be a very exciting event for the program, school and community," Simpson said.

Admission is free and open to the public. The public portion of the evening will last from midnight on Sunday to 1 a.m.

During the program, each class will perform a skit to begin the evening. The team will then do some full-court drills and scrimmage.

Prizes such as T-shirts will be given away. Additionally, patrons will get involved with crowd contests.

"It has turned into a pretty amazing deal," Simpson said. "I have had wonderful parent support. I have had parents call and say they don't have to work on Monday and they would like to help in any way that they can. I know the girls are extremely excited by it."

At 1 a.m. the public will leave and the real work will begin. The Bobcats will hold their first full practice beginning at 1 in the morning and lasting until 2:45 a.m. After practice, some parents have volunteered to cook breakfast for the girls.

After breakfast, the team will disperse and attempt to get some sleep. This task will be easier for the players, who have Monday off from school, than it will be for coaches, who must show up for work in the morning.

"My whole thing is--anything our staff can do to get the girls excited and love what they are doing, we are going to go out of our way to do it, even if it means losing sleep," Simpson said.

The idea came to Simpson while running the after-school strength and conditioning program during the fall while Coach Ross Schwisow was coaching football. He was approached by girls on the team saying they didn't have class on the first day of practice. Simpson recalled attending Late Night events at the University of Kansas under the direction of Roy Williams and Bill Self, and an idea was born.

"We just can't wait to get it started, and really a lot of it was a unique way to get the girls together--a fun and exciting way to get the season started," Simpson said. "This is something we thought would get excitement from the players and the families and the students."

Fans will get a glimpse of a team returning all five starters and a wealth of talent.

"I think it can be a great year," Simpson said. "The girls have worked hard. Some of the seniors have been starting their whole careers. I think they worked extremely hard over the summer to learn our new system."

The team opens the season against Tonganoxie on Nov. 30 in Basehor.

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