MADISON — An evening of fun and excitement is planned this Friday, November 22, when area residents will have an opportunity to meet the 2013-14 Scott High School boys and girls basketball teams as well as the school’s cheerleading squads.
With the new season getting underway in early December, school and athletic officials have designated Friday as “Black & Gold Basketball — Meet the Skyhawks Night” at the Hawks Nest (gymnasium) located on the SHS campus. \
Activities begin at 7 p.m., with a pre-game shoot-around by both the boys and girls teams. Both varsity and junior varsity squads will be showcased during the evening.
During pre-game activities, members of the teams will be introduced individually.
Three major events are planned during the evening. First, Head Coach John Porter’s Lady Hawks will play an officiated, intra-squad exhibition scrimmage. There will be two ten-minute quarters.
Coach Mary Ann McClure’s junior varsity cheerleading squad will perform during the girls varsity game.
Then, at halftime, the Region IV champion varsity cheerleading squad will perform in competition cheer and floor routines. The squad is coached by Connie Hager and Amanda Light. This will serve as a dress rehearsal for the state competition scheduled for December at the Charleston Civic Center.
A short exhibition featuring the Madison Basketball Skills camp will follow the cheerleaders.
Finally, Coach Nick Cabell’s boys varsity will play an officiated, intra-squad scrimmage. They, too, will play two ten-minute quarters with the varsity cheerleaders performing on the sideline.
“This night should be a very entertaining community event,” said Coach John Porter. “Think of it as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming season.”
The Skyhawk boys kick off their regular season at Mingo Central on December 10; the girls start at home against Poca on December 9.
“Our teams thrive on vocal fan support and a passionate, loud student section,” said Cabell. “We need for our students to attend all of our games.”
Both coaches said there teams have set goals of going deep into post-season play and even making the state championship game in Charleston at season’s end.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds will be used to help purchase a new public address system for the gym.
The first 50 SHS students will receive a free “Skyhawk 6th Man” tee-shirt with paid admission. Those attending the event should expect it to last about three hours, officials said.