Come and meet the Dogies

By: 
Alexis Barker, NLJ News Editor

Anyone who is chomping at the bit for some high school basketball can get a taste of what this season has to offer during Meet the Dogies Night on Dec. 3, starting at 6 p.m. in the Dogie Dome. Following the basketball action, the Newcastle Booster Club will host a free chili feed in the Newcastle High School commons. 

According to Dogie head basketball coach Allen Von Eye, the tradition was started before the 2008 season, possibly in 2007. 

“I am pretty sure it was 2008, coming off our appearance in the title game,” he said. “That makes this the 14th annual (we missed the COVID year) Meet the Dogies Night.” 

He started the event, and invited the girls’ program to participate as well, to give the team a meaningful scrimmage before the season officially tipped off. It also provided an opportunity to showcase the players to the community. 

“The purpose was to get the whole community jazzed up for the season, along with our programs,” Von Eye said. “Historically, it has been a very fun event that gave our kids the opportunity to play in front of our crowd that first time in a much more controlled setting.” 

Over the years, he has incorporated skills games, a 3-point contest and dunk contest, in addition to the scrimmages. 

In addition to showcasing the team and giving the players experience, Von Eye said the event also serves a more strategic purpose for the program. 

“It enables us as coaches to see where we are at before we head into the last week of practice before games,” he said. “It is much more beneficial than any regular scrimmage in practice because of its game atmosphere.”

 

Meet the Dogies Night

Schedule

6–6:10 Girls Warm-ups

6:10–6:30 Girls Scrimmage

6:30–6:40 Boys Warm-ups

6:40–7 Boys Scrimmage

7 3 Pt Contest

7:15 Dunk Contest

7:25 Team Shooting Competition

Chili feed to follow

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