Basketball homecoming tomorrow

The UVa-Wise Cavs and SGA will host the University of Rio Grande RedStorm tomorrow for the first basketball homecoming in 20 years in the convocation center.

SGA Elections Commissioner Ashley Cvetnich, the chairperson of the event, said there will be a homecoming court like the annual football homecoming held each fall semester.

“We want to encourage students to support all our athletic teams,” Cvetnich said, “not just any single sport.”

Nominations for homecoming court took place on the online student portal Feb. 1 through Feb. 3. Most of the elections ended in ties and runoff votes were collected before students were able to vote for king and queen Feb. 13 through Feb. 15.

The final decisions were emailed to students and the results for king and queen will be revealed Saturday by Merry Lu Prior during halftime of the women’s game.

“Chancellor Prior had previously agreed to crown the king and queen for us,” Cvetnich said. “So we felt it fitting to ask his wife, Merry Lu, to crown for us as a tribute to Chancellor Prior.”

Since this is the first time SGA is hosting basketball homecoming in several decades, Cvetnich has planned the event to be low-key.

“Once we get a feel for the student reception of the event, we hope for the event to grow, and be as big as football homecoming, inviting more alumni back, hosting spirit events and a dance,” Cvetnich said.

The women’s game will begin at 2, with the homecoming court announced during halftime.

The men’s game will begin at 4 p.m.

This event will be free to students with their student ID and the first 200 students in the door will receive a free commemorative homecoming t-shirt.

The 2012 Basketball Homecoming Court

Freshman Class

Ryon Birtsch
Deirdre Kane

Sophomore Class

Dakota Hill
Madison Savarese

Junior Class

Marcus Bratton
Rachel Person

Senior Court Representatives

Luke Rasnick
Cecil Rutherford
Justin Swoope
Samuel Whitehead
Josh Jordan

Tara Cole
Ashley Cvetnich
Olivia Stallard
Karrye Ormaner
Kayla Rose

Emily Baxter

Communication studies major Emily Baxter served as a staff writer for The Highland Cavalier for the 2012-2013 academic year. She previously contributed as a columnist.

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