PC notebook: The Madness is coming
The beginning of basketball season at Porterville College means that its annual tradition of hosting “Pirate Madness” is just around the corner.
The college has announced that “Pirate Madness 4” will be on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the PC Gym, with festivities festivities at 5:30 p.m. and the main event beginning at 6.
PC’s version of Midnight Madness, offers more than the typical introduction of the new basketball teams, and contests featuring three-point shots and slam dunks.
“This is an opportunity to unite the campus and community for a free, fun night of fast-paced entertainment,” said PC athletic director Eric Mendoza, who began the annual event following his hire in 2008.
“I’ve tried my best to explain what ‘Pirate Madness’ is all about, but people need to come out and experience the event for themselves. A lot of people think we should charge admission, but the event is not about making money. It’s about children, students, and adults — people of all ages — getting together for a fun-filled evening.”
Mendoza said local youth organizations and business sponsors are teaming up again to participate.
Among the highlights will be free food, giveaways, on-court contests for fans, PC student club events, music and dance performances, and plenty of surprises.
“We do guarantee a couple of things for everyone,” Mendoza said. “You will be entertained and you will see something you’ve never seen before.”
The college is accepting audition videos from local live bands who wish to perform in pre-event festivities. Anyone interested in performing or joining as a business sponsor can call (559) 791-2460.
The Pirates were able to climb into Northern California’s Top 15 in the second edition of the California Community College Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
PC is tied at No. 15 with Taft College, a Central Valley Conference rival that comes to town on Wednesday.
While the Pirates lost five matches during the preseason, all five came against teams ranked in the state’s Top 25 — including No. 1 L.A. Pierce and No. 2 Cabrillo.
Fresno (7-4), ranked No. 7 in NorCal and No. 22 overall, will host PC on Nov. 14.
BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME
PC baseball coach Jake Kiser is looking for former PC baseball players to participate in the Alumni Game on Saturday, Oct. 29 at noon. Former PC players interested in playing can contact Kiser, (559) 791-2328 or email@example.com.
ON THE AIR
Mendoza and public information officer Will Lloyd will be the featured guests on Friday’s halftime show during KTIP’s Football Game of the Week between Porterville and Mission Oak.
Mendoza and Lloyd will discuss PC’s new athletic department marketing plan and upcoming events.