Midnight Madness to be streamed live on the web

For the many Marietta College fans who can’t make it to Fenton Court to take in the fun and excitement of this year’s Midnight Madness, well, there’s good news.

The College is going to stream the entire event live, including the unveiling of last season’s Championship Banners. You will be able to begin viewing the webcast around 11:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at www.ustream.tv/channel/marietta-college-athletics.

An added bonus to the evening will be the long-awaited hanging of the other Marietta championship banners (1935-36, 1953-54, 1954-55 and 1974-75). Alex Couladis ’75 and Chuck Robinson ’75, who captained the team that went 19-4, are expected to attend Friday night's festivities.

Midnight Madness is a great way for the Pioneer basketball faithful to be introduced to the 2011-12 men’s and women’s basketball teams. The doors to Fenton Court will open at 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

Marietta College fans are encouraged to dress in navy blue and white, and of course, some of the students may choose to use some body paint to get into the spirit—much like they did during the Pioneers’ 27-4 campaign in 2010-11. Jon VanderWal’s team surpassed the school record for victories and accomplishments by winning the first OAC Tournament Championship and advancing to the NCAA Division III “Sweet 16.”

There should be plenty of exciting activities to keep the fans entertained.

The activities begin with the Student Alumni Association conducting a musical chairs contest and will continue with DJ Correct providing timely music and Todd Northrup and BSN Sports giving away free T-shirts to the first 100 fans through the door. There will be contests for the fans in attendance and a guaranteed $150 cash grand prize.

Of course, the Marietta cheerleaders and dance teams will perform routines.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced, a slam-dunk contest will be held, and the evening will culminate with the unveiling of last season’s Championship Banners.

Midnight Madness is free and open to the public. The large crowds at Marietta’s home games last year were a key component to the Pioneers’ success.

“Both basketball teams can’t wait to be back inside Ban Johnson Arena with a big crowd cheering us on,” said Marietta men’s coach Jon VanderWal. “Everyone is ready to get the season started.”

Both squads open regular season play on Nov. 15. The men travel to Granville, Ohio, to take on Denison at 7:30 p.m. Jill Meiring’s women’s team plays Hiram at Fenton Court. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.