Late Nite gets early kickoff
Cardinals fans can get ready to see their teams try out a few new moves on the basketball court, but they may not be the moves fans expect.
Winter sports athletes will have their dance skills tested at "Late Nite with the Cards," a pep rally-like event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Eudora High School.
"It might be a good way to (up) the recognition level of the dance team but promote the winter sports season," said drill team coach Robyn Kelso. "We hoped for skits, but what we have is dance routines."
Those routines call on girls and boys basketball players to develop fancy footwork off the court. Although the drill team wanted wrestlers involved, too, the team has a meet the next day.
Teaching the routines to athletes created interesting situations, said sophomore Amber Stoltenow, who borrowed the Late Nite concept from her Lawrence junior high school. Kansas University has its own Late Nite tradition as well.
"It was actually entertaining," Stoltenow said. "The girls' (dances) are pretty normal. With the guys it's a big joke to watch them dance."
Kelso said the team also had a special dance routine cooked up for the seniors.
"My drill team girls are very, very good at choreography," Kelso said. "They were the ones who came up very good at choreography," Kelso said. "They were the ones who came up with the choreography for this. I've been amazed at their talent in this area."
Although Stoltenow said the performances might include a few outfit changes, Kelso said the event would be kept pretty simple in its inaugural year. After that, the event could expand to include themes or skits, she said.
But even this year's Late Nite will include several different types of performances.
"The band will be there," Kelso said. "The cheerleaders will do routines we haven't seen before. It's kind of like a community-wide pep rally."
Afterward, fans can stay and watch the boys and girls basketball teams scrimmage.
Multicolored T-shirts commemorating the first Late Nite will be available for $10 at Friday's event.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under.