Time again for Late Night to usher in winter sports season
In a burgeoning tradition, the winter sports season will get a jumpstart Friday from Late Night with the Cards. Modeled after other Late Night events like the one at nearby Kansas University, the pep rally aims to get fans riled up for the Eudora basketball and wrestling teams.
"It's a sneak peek like it is at KU," said Robyn Kelso, sponsor of the school's cheerleaders and drill team. "I think people get busy with the holidays and forget there's a winter sports season."
The wrestlers kicked off their season with a home dual Monday against Santa Fe Trail. The girls basketball season starts Monday with the Eudora Invitational Tournament, and the boys commence the season Monday at a tournament in Paola.
At Late Night on Friday, both the boys and girls basketball teams will scrimmage. Because the wrestlers have the Tilton Tournament in Atchison coming up Saturday morning, Kelso said she wasn't sure if they'd be able to participate. However, coaches will talk to the sports fans about the upcoming season at Late Night.
Although the night's events are still shaping up, Late Night spectators will get to see performances from the cheerleaders, drill team and band, which is prepping for a trip to Dallas.
"There's a little bit of something for everyone," Kelso said.
Last year's Late Night, which would have been the second annual event, was cancelled when many students were absent from school because of illness.
"It's kind of a low-key one this year," Kelso said. "But that doesn't mean it's not an important event. We've got to build up some more momentum."
Tickets are $1 per person, and proceeds will benefit the various teams and groups involved with Late Night. The event begins not-so late, at 7 p.m., and ends at 9, which Kelso said made it a family-friendly event.
"Hopefully people will have their holiday shopping done and can spare us a few minutes," she said.