Husky Fan Fest Previews Basketball Season

Dunk Contest winner Mark Hall goes in for a behind the head dunk at the Husky Fan Fest Monday night.
Dunk Contest winner Mark Hall goes in for a behind the head dunk at the Husky Fan Fest Monday night. Photo by Nicholas Baker.

The St. Cloud State University basketball teams had their annual Husky Fan Fest Monday Oct. 19 with students and fans alike showing support, it was a light-hearted yet event-filled evening at Halenbeck Hall. The night began with a three-point shooting contest, with eventual winner Scottie Stone defeating Lexy Petermann in a tie-breaking shootout by just one point.

“We’re going to have a run and gun intensity this year with a lot of athleticism and scoring, so we’ll be fun to watch,” Stone said, referring to the team identity of the men’s squad this year.

Stone, however, was also describing the night to come as five players competed in a dunk contest after fans had a laugh watching the celebrity lightening game, which brought a couple students in from the stands to compete against members of the athletic department.

One of the students made it to the final two and competed with eventual winner and assistant men’s coach Mahmoud Abdelfattah.

Abdelfattah provided plenty of energy and enthusiasm for the players, especially during the dunk contest when fans were brought to their feet by windmill, off-the-backboard and between-the-legs dunks during the two-round event.

It was first-year transfer Mark Hall who walked away with the title after throwing down a reverse two-handed dunk, and later another from an off-the-backboard assist by teammate Kurt Hall that earned him a top score of 25.

Two members of the women’s team, junior Chelsea Nooker and senior Emma Konopasek were then each teamed up with a student from the stands and competed against each other in a contest featuring four crucial shots.

Each team began near the hoop having to make a lay-up, and then moved to the free throw, three-point and eventually the half-court line after making each shot.

In a game that usually comes down to back-and-forth half-court shots, Konopasek wasted no time in building anticipation as she hit her first half-court attempt for the win and was promptly mobbed by her teammates who stormed the court.

The night ended with an intra-squad scrimmage for both teams, the men taking the court first and the white team getting on the board early and holding the lead until Eddie Alcantara completed a pass between the legs of a defender and tied the game at nine.

It was Gage Davis who took control for the white team late by hitting a three-point shot to take the lead by one, blocking a shot at the other end of the court to maintain the lead, and then finished the scrimmage by throwing down a windmill dunk to ensure an 18-15 victory.

The woman took the court next and wasted no time topping the score of the men’s game as the red team, led by Petermann and Betsy MacDonald, hit multiple three-point shots, the most crucial ones coming late to first take the lead, and then secure it with less than a minute left.

Petermann finished the scrimmage hitting two consecutive shots and led the red team to a 28-25 win.

“Lexy [Petermann] does a lot for us so fans will hear her name, because she can play multiple positions and is tough to guard. Chelsea [Nooker] is another exciting player to watch, especially on defense where she really makes things happen,” said the women’s head coach Lori Fish after the event.

The first home Huskies basketball game will take place on Nov. 14 when the women’s team hosts Northland College at 6 p.m., and although the season has yet to begin, Fish is excited to see where it will take them.

“I’m going to enjoy the journey this season takes us on and watching the team get better and achieve success. Our motto this year is ‘Make it happen,” Fish said.

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