“Meet the Yotes” rally tips off basketball season

Excited for another season of Yotes basketball? Then head out to “Meet the Yotes” night!

Before action tips off this fall at The College of Idaho, the C of I basketball coaches and teams want to meet you—the students, fans, season ticket holders and the entire Caldwell community who provide an electric home-court atmosphere for the Yotes.

Join men’s coach Scott Garson, women’s coach Mark Owen and their players at this annual tipoff party, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center on the C of I campus in Caldwell. As an added bonus, fans attending “Meet the Yotes” Night will have the first dibs to purchase and renew season and individual game tickets beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“There’s only one way to tipoff the 2016-17 Yotes basketball season, and that’s at ‘Meet the Yotes’ night,” Garson said. “This is a great opportunity for the campus and our local community to meet our new recruits and returning players. We’re excited to get back out in front of the best home crowd in the country and contend for another Cascade Conference title.”

Coming off a 17-13 season, the Yotes look to return atop the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings as they seek their third CCC title in four years. An early season exhibition features an exciting matchup as the C of I squares off against NCAA powerhouse Arizona. On the women’s side, the Yotes expect to return to the CCC conference tournament and make their presence felt.

Admission is free for “Meet the Yotes Night,” which will include a 3-point shootout, dunk contest, cheering practice and opportunities for fans to compete for prizes and meet coaches and players.

“We’re eager to take to the court once again,” Owen said. “Our men’s and women’s programs have worked hard all offseason and now it’s time to showcase that hard work. But first, we’ll have some fun with the YoteFam on October 13.”

The C of I men open at home against Colorado Christian in the Taco Bell Shootout on Nov. 18. The women have their first home exhibition against rival NNU on Nov. 19.

Basketball season and individual game tickets will go on sale to the public starting Oct. 17. For more ticket information, visit Go Yotes!

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit