The final event of the Wilmington College Homecoming will be the first event of the Wilmington College basketball season as the Sport Management department will sponsor Hermann Madness Saturday at Fred Raizk Arena in Hermann Court.
With the first official day of basketball practice at the Division III level Sunday, the event comes at an optimal time for both programs.
“We have been trying to build this event over the last couple of years and, I have a feeling, this one will be the best yet,” said Sport Management program director Alan Ledford. “The best part of the night could come if someone wins $100,000.”
The first 500 people in attendance will have the opportunity to win over $100,000 and the chance to win a 2018 Jeep Compass. Doors will open at 10:30 p.m. with events starting at 11 p.m. and running until 1 a.m.
It marks the first public practice for the Fightin’ Quakers basketball teams.
The women’s team is coming off an 18-10 season in which they fell in the Ohio Athletic Conference championship game. While they must replace four seniors, Wilmington returns preseason All-American Mackenzie Campbell (Cincinnati Turpin).
Senior Emily Harman (Versailles) is a returning starter for WC, but its backcourt will be bolstered by senior Savannah Hooper (Wilmington) and the return of junior Ellie Kivell (Lakota West), who missed last season because of an injury.
The men’s team returns four starters, including sharpshooting guard Christian Jones (Hamilton), as the Fightin’ Quakers look to improve upon its 9-16 season. Junior Andrew Russell (Columbus Central Crossing) and senior guard D.J. Iles (Fayetteville Perry) return as well.
Three players – junior Kevin Lewis (Gamble Montessori), senior Jordan Jones (Thurgood Marshall) and junior Will Patrick (Pickerington Central) – combined to start 25 games at the other guard position.
Wilmington’s men’s team travels to Highland Heights, Ky., 1 p.m. Nov. 12 for an exhibition game with Division I Northern Kentucky University before kicking off the season 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Thomas More College.
On the women’s side, the Fightin’ Quakers tip off the season Nov. 17 by hosting the Damon’s/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Tournament.