Night of free basketball and entertainment for the community

The local community and alumni of Hesston College are invited to campus on Wednesday night, Jan. 24 for Alumni/Community Basketball Night, a free event featuring varsity basketball games, entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The Larks will take on NJCAA Region VI rival, Fort Scott Community College, with the women’s game scheduled for 6 p.m. in Yost Center and the men’s game to follow at 8 p.m. The evening will be filled with games, prizes, snacks and entertainment.

“Alumni/Community Night has become an annual tradition for Hesston College and a good way to reach out to the wider community as a kind of thank you for all the ways they are involved with and support the college,” said Dallas Stutzman, director of Alumni and Church Relations.

In addition to the basketball games, the lineup for the evening includes free haircuts by Snip N’ Clip, Lark megaphones and free popcorn, Lark tattoos, the Hesston High School pep band and musical entertainment by Hesston College international students.

Extending the community support, Schowalter Villa/Bluestem Communities is helping to sponsor the evening’s events.

High school students are invited to a pre-game devotional at 6:30 p.m. led by men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon on the topic “Start with accountability: A biblical approach to walking together in community.” Students who wish to attend the devotional session should RSVP to by Friday, Jan. 19. Devotional participants will meet in Yost Center at 6:20 p.m. to walk together to Kropf Center for the meditation. Following the devotional, participants will be treated to free pizza.

Both the women’s and men’s basketball teams are having competitive seasons with the women currently at a 7-8 record and the men at a 10-4 record with eight games surpassing the 100-point mark.