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2018 Meet the Raiders night set for Oct. 3

September 30, 2018

The season is just around the corner for Central Community College-Columbus men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Tipping off the new season will also bring a chance for fans in the area to meet the teams and enjoy a night of food and camaraderie on Wednesday at the Raider Fieldhouse.

“We’re going to have food, we’ll introduce our basketball teams, there will be a celebrity all-star game, a dunk contest and we’ll have some games and prizes along throughout the night. It’s just going to be a family fun night,” said head women’s hoops coach Billy Perkins. “That people can come out here and support our basketball programs, men’s and women’s, and have just a good fun night to let everyone get to know our teams.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. when food will be served. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be on the menu with a hamburger meal for $4, individual burger for $2, hot dog meal for $3 and a single hot dog for $1. The meal deal includes chips and a drink. Hamburger meat and hot dogs are provided by Cargill while chips and drinks are provided by VS.

Introductions will begin a 7:05 followed by a Dribble War and Dress Up/Cowboy Dance Off.

The Celebrity game begins at 7:25 followed by more games over the next hour including knock out and a free throw contest.

The cost of admission is a donation that goes to Raider Basketball, and anyone can participate (except for the celebrity game and dunk contest).

The men take part in a jamboree in Ames, Iowa, the following Saturday before taking the court for the regular season at home on Nov. 1 against Cloud Community College. The women have two October scrimmages before beginning the season at Iowa Central Community College on Nov. 5.

The men were 15-17 a season ago while the women were 9-21. The teams have a combined 12 players from Nebraska on their rosters. Alexis Ramaekers from Twin River High School is the most local of any player.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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