From Hesston College
HESSTON — At 8 p.m. Sunday — less than 50 hours before the Hesston College men’s and women’s teams begin the 2009-10 campaign, a campus-wide pep rally will be in Yost Center.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Included in this year’s event are local products Alex Roth (Hesston), Tyler Mitchem and Brian Baker (Newton), Nathan Ensz (Goessel), Dylan Krahn (Hutchinson), Elice Frey (Riley), Breezie Sims (Wichita), Lynae Wright (Little River) and Megan Ballard (Whitewater).
A dunk contest, 3-point shoot out and a brief scrimmage by each team are just some of the activities planned in what promises to be an entertaining evening. The Campus Activity Board will sponsor several activities throughout the night, while current Hesston College students, as well as faculty and staff members, will be involved in the event.
“This year’s event is going to be better than ever,” Hesston athletic director Art Mullet said. “Moving the date back a month will afford the teams an extra month of practice before they’re put on display, and changing the time to 8 p.m. will allow more community people to enjoy the show.”
This year’s rosters include nearly 30 student-athletes from 10 states, and coaches Dan Harrison (women) and Dustin Galyon (men) are each anticipating a great season. Both coaches are entering their second year at the helm of Hesston College basketball.
“With nine returning players, there is much to look forward to for women’s basketball at Hesston College,” Harrison said. “I’m looking forward to getting started.”
“I’m excited about the group we have,” Galyon said. “Our guys are starting to understand what we’re looking for as a program, and I’ve been pleased with their ability to learn quickly.”
The Hesston College women’s and men’s basketball seasons get started Nov. 2, with home games versus Union College of Lincoln, Neb., at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.