Oxford begins new season with Midnight Madness
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