Madness at midnight
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Tis’ the season of Midnight Madness. Every year the Westmont student body gathers to celebrate the launch into another thrilling season of basketball. Students come expecting to have a good laugh, witness jaw dropping skills from our men’s and women’s basketball teams, and also come hoping and praying they are apart of the elite few to receive a free T-shirt. Although it does not start at midnight, despite the confusion of its title, this is one of the most memorable events of the year for the Westmont community.
This year the event did a fantastic job to support all Westmont sports teams. We were introduced to all the team captains who encouraged the student body to come out to upcoming matches. Though the night was set apart to reign in the induction of the season of basketball, the event displayed an equal enthusiastic desire to get students hyped about all of Westmont’s extremely gifted sports teams.
The masters of the ceremony were none other than Liam Whitfield and Tyler Ledbetter. Their genuine excitement, intensity, and comedy set the tone for the night and the exhilaration around basketball season. Performances by our cheer team and N’ Step were nothing less than perfection.
If the audience had yet to be wowed, the shooting precision and air time of the dunk contest delivered everyone into a state of speechlessness. Max Hudgins edged out Taylor Rarick in the championship round of the three-point contest. Hudgins earned his spot in the finals after posting the highest score of the three men players who competed, while Rarick was the highest score amongst the three representatives from the women’s team. Olisa Nwachie won the dunk contest, showcasing his athleticism and incredible leaping ability, defeating Matt Ramon in the championship round.
Though Midnight Madness is over, we are all eagerly awaiting basketball season begin and could not be more excited to see our athletes thrive on the court. We wait in expectation for all the good things ahead, but for now, we must internalize our excitement until Nov. 6 when both the men’s and women’s teams have their home openers. The women take on Cal Lutheran at 5:30 p.m., while the men play against Bethesda at 7:30 p.m.