Luke Montalbano, Sports Writer • email@example.com
Both the Emory & Henry men’s and women’s basketball teams are looking forward to very exciting seasons this year. Both kicked off the season with Buzzmania last Friday night at the King Center.
The night included many events like the dunk contest, 3 point shootout, and the annual Blue and White Game. The winners of each competition included Ethan Roache winning the dunk contest with a windmill alley-oop, John Shelor winning the 3 point contest for the men’s team, Chloe Harris winning the 3 point contest for the women’s team, and the Blue team taking down the white team by a score of 59-33 in the Blue and White Game.
It was an exciting night for everyone at the King Center, including Shelor, the champion of the 3 point contest with a score of 13. Shelor was excited to win the event, as he said, “It’s a great feeling to win with your family and friends in the stands. But being able to win against such great shooters is a confidence booster.”
Roache was also excited to win his competition, as he said, “It was amazing. Buzzmania is the first kind of event like this I’ve been involved in. The crowd, with heaps of families, friends and alumni being able to come and visit both squads was really awesome. I know my family were trying really hard to get updates during Buzzmania, so it was really nice to be able to share my experience with them when I got back to my room (via Skype).
Roache, who is a freshman from New Zealand, is enjoying his time at Emory & Henry so far, as he said it has been “pretty special…I know that this is something a lot of young athletes back home only dream of. Being able to settle into E&H has been made so much easier thanks to the amazing support from some pretty amazing people. Ms. Crisp and Ms. Bolt in our Admin Team, definitely Coach Wilson and the coaching staff, and of course the Men’s Basketball brothers.”
Both the men’s and women’s teams last year had amazing seasons, but both came a few games short of reaching the NCAA tournament. Last year, the women’s team had a 19-8 record, and a 12-4 record in ODAC play, and lost to Guilford in the ODAC semi-finals. The men’s team had a 20-8 record, 12-4 ODAC record, and lost to Guilford in the ODAC championship game.
After a great season like last year, the Wasps have high expectations to play as well as they did last year, if not better, as Shelor said “I expect to win an ODAC Championship. Every team has that goal in the beginning of the season, but we have committed ourselves to excellence each and every day. And we trust that Coach Wilson will put a plan in to prepare us for such an achievement.”