WAXAHACHIE — En lieu of the traditional midnight madness basketball preview, the Waxahachie Runnin' Indian and Lady Indian basketball teams are hosting a family-friendly event this Friday, Nov. 3.
The first-ever Waxahachie Basketball Preview is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. at George W. Solis Gymnasium and will provide the community an opportunity to meet the Runnin' Indians and Lady Indians, as well as watch performances from several spirit organizations.
"It just puts us in a situation where more people can be involved as opposed to after a football game around midnight," said Runnin' Indian head basketball coach Greg Gober. "That is a late night for a lot of the kids who are involved with football or one of the groups who perform."
"This is just the start, and it's probably not the answer, but this will be the first one toward that new season kick off. A lot of people do not do midnight madness anymore in high school. It's more of the college thing."
The night will be broken down into three segments, with the first 20-minute segment consisting of player introductions and performances by the Waxahachie High School drum line Cherokee Charmers, cheerleaders, dance team, and more.
The second third of the event will feature the Lady Indian basketball team, who scrimmaged at home Thursday, and the third portion will be the debut of the Runnin' Indians.
Gober noted there could be various skills competitions during the team portions, such as a skills-relay competition that could pit two teams — a mixed lineup of Runnin' Indian players and fans — against each other.
After the Runnin' Indians finish their portion of the event, there will be an opportunity for autographs and photos with players and even a chance to shoot around on the court, if time allows.
Admission is $1 for students and $2 for adults with all proceeds benefitting the two basketball teams.