Fans of the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners got a glimpse of SFCC’s 2012-2013 basketball teams Oct. 1 at “Back the Roadrunners Night” at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
The event included a food drive to benefit the Buddy Backpack Program for area schools, as well as the introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball teams; an SFCC faculty and staff vs. celebrity basketball game; a shooting contest; and a slam-dunk contest.
The event began with a shooting contest between the members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The winners of the contest were the men’s tandem of freshman guard Curtis Branch and freshman guard Joe Thomasson. After the shooting contest, both teams were introduced to the crowd.
The SFCC Faculty and Staff Team coached by Jim Page was victorious over the Celebrity Team 48-29. Roadrunners Assistant Coach Josh Sash knocked down a pair of three-point baskets to stake his team to an 8-4 advantage with just under six minutes remaining in the first half. The Staff Team pushed the advantage to 20-8 at halftime.
“It’s definitely a little bit different,” said Sash. “I’m used to being on the sideline and trying to direct guys. I had fun, though; it was a good time. I hope everyone enjoyed it.”
The SFCC Spirit Squad entertained the crowd at halftime. Spirit Squad Head Coach Dana Page introduced the 2012-2013 squad following the performance.
Lady Roadrunners Assistant Coach Buck Scheel got the offense kick-started for the Staff Team in the second half by splashing home a three-point basket to put his team up 23-9. The Staff Team rode the early momentum to close out the victory.
“It was fun to get out here and play with a lot of these guys,” said Kyle Weymuth of WK Chevrolet. “I haven’t played in about two years. We had a former Mizzou player on our team, TJ Soyoye. I got to watch him play a lot as a kid, so it was fun getting to play with him.”
Freshman wing Dashawn Stitt put the finishing touches on the evening by winning the slam-dunk contest
“It was fun to do this for the Buddy Backpack program,” said local radio personality Doug Sokolowski. “It was the first time I’ve laced up shoes since I was in high school. There were some new faces in the crowd, so hopefully we were able to get them acquainted with what Roadrunner basketball is all about.”
The food drive brought in 10,000 items and $300 in donations for the Buddy Backpack Program, which will be used to help feed local school children.
“We take the food to the Open Door Ministries Food Pantry in downtown Sedalia,” said Dana Page. “They will sort it all out, and two times a week they meet and they fill a sack full of food with about 10 items. They send a specific number of bags to each school. The school counselors or social workers in each school put the food into backpacks, and on Friday afternoon the kids get a backpack full of food.”
Both teams will open the regular season Nov. 2 at home as part of the McDonald’s Classic. The Lady Roadrunners will take on Vincennes University at 5:30 p.m. The Roadrunners will take on the Missouri Valley College junior varsity at 7:30 p.m.
“This event was fun,” said Scheel. “We had a good turnout and it was a great cause. You get to see some people that you usually don’t see. Hopefully, that will draw them out to some games and get some excitement going for the upcoming season.”
By David Rohrbach
SFCC Athletics Department