This past weekend, our school had our first-ever varsity basketball games. Both the men’s and women’s teams had their home openers against Carleton University. Carleton may have the best university basketball team in the country, but Nipissing is definitely a top contender for having the best fans and support.
For the home opener, the school really went all-out. There was a marching band. The Nipissing Dance Team at half time performed an amazing routine at half time. There were esteemed guests. The Mayor of North Bay, Al MacDonald, was there. Dr. Mike DeGagne, our school’s president and vice-chancellor, was also there. The stands were packed with students, staff, and guests. The entire Surtees Centre gym was loud from tip off until the final buzzer.
The games were not what you would typically call “close”, but the support for our men and women did not waver. Everyone screamed, cheered, and supported the Lakers through their first games. It’s exciting to know that the whole school is behind these Lakers. We lost the games, but the teams never gave up, never gave in and always gave it 100%. That’s just the Nipissing way. If you start something, you finish something as best as you can.
Nipissing is expanding with new sports teams, new services, and is always trying to make things best for students. The men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams are another example of Nipissing expanding it’s own culture, and adding to it’s own history. Who knows where we will go from here.
– Evan G.