November 3, 2015
By Rodolfo Renteria
As students headed towards Dominican’s basketball gymnasium Wednesday night, they heard music blasting, balls bouncing on the hardwood floors and students cheering in the stands.
Dominican University held its 17th annual Midnight Madness where students and athletes kicked off the new basketball season with pizza, free T-shirts and a slam-dunk contest.
The event started at 9:30 p.m. and ended at midnight. Students witnessed a 20-minute scrimmage while enjoying delicious pizza.
Mark White, the men’s head basketball coach, said he was excited about Midnight Madness and optimistic about the upcoming season. With the first game scheduled for November 14, he said it is important for the student body to show school spirit.
“Midnight Madness is a great way for students and players to interact with one another,” said White.
When the dunk contest began, the explosion of cheers indicated that it was the event that everyone was most looking forward to.
All the people in the stands jumped with excitement when the dunking began. Even though the free throw shots were exciting to watch there were not a lot of shots being made. It was apparent, right from the start, that the women were making more shots on that night.
“The dunk contest was weak but I still have high hopes for the team this year,” said Cheyenne Dyer, a first-timer at Midnight Madness.
The Stars start their season with 12 returning players on the men’s team. White said one of the challenges that he and his staff face this upcoming season is instilling confidence in their new players.
“It’s important to take it one day at a time,” said White.