Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Brent Sumner0
Flyer Fan Fest Shows Off Lewis Teams
Brent Sumner, Asst. Tempo Editor
Pictured above by Shelby Ray: Gabe Williams dunks a basketball at Flyer Fan Fest.
Flyer Fan Fest hyped up the Lewis University students on Oct. 18 in the Neil Carey Arena, where fans had the opportunity to meet the 2012-13 men’s and women’s basketball teams. The event included a dunk contest, three-point contest, performances from the Flyerettes dance team and the cheerleaders, and a half-court shot from a fan for a chance to win free books for the spring semester.
“This event is a good chance for us to invite more people out to come support us,” said junior Mantas Dubauskas, a basketball player. “We want to be able to bring more fans and show them that we have a lot of talent on the team.”
The event started with the lights in the gymnasium going down, and big spotlight coming up on a tunnel made by the Flyerettes and the cheerleaders. With energetic announcing by Tom Sochowski, the coaches and the players from the men’s and women’s basketball teams ran out and threw shirts out to the crowd. The introduction had the fans cheering in the stands.
After the introduction, the cheerleaders were able to show off the work they have been doing for the upcoming basketball season. They entertained the audience with a choreographed performance while the dunk contest was set up.
A panel of six judges, which included people from the Lewis staff, as well as a member of the Flyer Nation, presided over the contest. The dunk contest left nothing on the line, especially when Julian Lewis defied gravity by jumping over two cheerleaders to receive a perfect score from the dunk contest judges. The contest included two other men’s basketball players, as well as three women’s basketball players. The women’s team had a player dressed as Batman.
The Flyerettes showcased their talent as they turned the gym into a dance hall, concluding their routine with “Gangnam Style,” the dance made popular by Psy.
The concluding competition between the men’s and women’s basketball teams was the three-point shootout. Senior David Bryant was the winner of the competition.
“After six years, we felt that it was a good time to do this again; with the energy on campus, we wanted to energize students for the upcoming year,” said Brian Summers, associate director of athletics for external affairs for the department of athletics, “We have two great basketball teams, and to have this great energy from the students is phenomenal. To get this at our home games would be great.”
The men’s first home basketball game is Nov. 30, while the women’s first home game is Nov. 24.