Ox­ford be­gins new sea­son with Mid­night Mad­ness

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

OX­FORD — Mid­night Mad­ness kicked off the start of a brand new sea­son for Ox­ford’s men’s bas­ket­ball team on Mon­day.

With the staff in po­si­tion, the cheer­lead­ers and pep band on deck, the ath­let­ics de­part­ment got the fans pumped up and ex­cited about the up­com­ing sea­son. Candy was tossed into the au­di­ence, re­fresh­ments were served, prizes were won and the disc jockey got ev­ery­one on their feet as the team faced off in a sopho­more/fresh­man scrim­mage.

“The team is re­ally com­ing to­gether now, and it’s not a minute too soon,” com­mented Ox­ford head coach Rod­er­ick Stubbs. “We’ve had chal­leng­ing ex­hi­bi­tions where we learned some valu­able things about our­selves, and now we are ready to put all the lessons to­gether as we em­bark on the new sea­son. Mid­night Mad­ness is one way we can cel­e­brate the be­gin­ning of the new sea­son and share with the cam­pus our ex­cite­ment.”

Chad Hixon and Robert Trumbo came out to play in full force, each vo­cally es­tab­lish­ing their team lead­er­ship by work­ing in tan­dem with their team­mates. Both have been work­ing dili­gently in the weight room and in prac­tice to so­lid­ify their con­di­tion­ing, be­ing new lead­ers on a new team and pro­mote the sense of unity nec­es­sary to be a cham­pi­onship con­tender.

Ja­cob Gise, the only other re­turn­ing sopho­more, stood on the side­lines proudly sup­port­ing his team as he con­tin­ues re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on his ACL in­jury suf­fered dur­ing last

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