BETHANY TO CELEBRATE 100TH SEASON OF MEN’S BASKETBALL

9647Bethany_MBB_100th_pic.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s basketball program will celebrate its 100th season of competition during a special weekend Feb. 22-23, with festivities coinciding with the Bison’s regular season finale against Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College.

The first season of varsity competition for Bethany men’s basketball was in 1906-07. The program was suspended from 1915-18 due to the school’s gym burning down. The team started back up for the 1918-19 season and has gone on to become the most successful program in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), winning a league-record 11 championships.

Main Street Bank will help sponsor the weekend commemorating all of the Bison men’s basketball achievements. It will begin Friday, Feb. 22, with a Wine and Cheese Get-Together at Harder Hall on the Bethany campus from 7-9 p.m. A full day is scheduled for Saturday, which will start at 9 a.m. with a shoot-around and alumni skills challenge. That will be followed at noon with a pregame meal and Meet N’ Greet at Benedum Commons on the Bethany campus, which will give all alumni who return a chance to meet current Bison players and the coaching staff.

Prior to the men’s game, all of Bethany’s current seniors will be honored as part of Senior Day activities. Once those festivities are concluded, the game between Bethany and Washington & Jefferson, which is the longest running rivalry in BC history, will tip-off. At halftime of the contest, all alumni and former coaches who return for the day will be recognized during an on-court ceremony.

Following the game, a banquet will be held at Benedum Commons, with a social hour beginning around 6 p.m. and the program for the evening starting around 7 p.m. The Master of Ceremonies will be former Bethany head coach and current Board of Trustees member Bob Goin (’59), with welcoming comments from new Bethany President Dr. Scott D. Miller. In addition, on hand as a special guest speaker will be Dave Sims, a 1975 Bethany alum and current broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners and ESPN.

For more information about Bethany’s 100th Men’s Basketball Celebration Weekend, please contact Celebration Chairman Joe Kurey at jkurey@bethanywv.edu or Bethany Head Coach Aaron Huffman at ahuffman@bethanywv.edu.