Winter Sports ThunderHawk Madness debuts

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By Steve Smith

It works in the college ranks. Basketball teams wait until one minute after midnight to begin formal practices each season.

Prairie View High School is going to try something similar, though it won’t start anywhere near midnight. Instead, boys basketball coach Keith Wyatt plans to start the inaugural Winter Sports ThunderHawk Madness at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.

PVHS fields three of its own teams for the winter sports season. Each – boys and girls basketball and wrestling – will have a part in the program. PV’s girls swimming team co-ops with Brighton. But ThunderHawks’ swimmers will be on the agenda, too.

“My freshman coach (A.J. Thompson), it was his idea,” Wyatt said. “We want to recognize our four teams and get people ready for the seasons.”

The schedule calls for food, the presentation of different prizes, the introduction of the four teams, a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. It’s free. The basketball teams will conduct an intrasquad scrimmage.

“They’ve done it for a long time. A lot of college teams do this,” Wyatt said. “We’re not going to dot it at midnight because the kids will be in school the day after. 

“I have five assistant coaches, so now there is more time to plan and execute things like this. The interest will be higher this year. We want to create a lot of buzz. We want to get students more involved,” he added.

PVHS’ season opener is at Pepsi Center against Green Mountain. Tip time is 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. It’s a fundraiser for the ThunderHawks program. Tickets for the high-school game and for the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers are available through the school.

Call 303-655-8816.