Successful Ladies Night Event Kicks Off Blue-White Weekend

The women filed in patiently one at a time into Hayes Field House on the Catawba College campus Friday night, eager to get a taste of the 5th annual Ladies Night.

Attendance ranged from current football players' mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other family members to long-time female football supporters of the program.

It was an occasion to not only wine and dine amongst friends, but to learn more about the much-awaited 2009 Catawba Indian football season.

Small talk occupied the time leading up to the main event, while Chartwell's finest chefs prepared final touch ups to the evening's dishes.

Tippie Miller, the event's spokeswoman, welcomed everyone to the event inside the Michael Team Room by saying Ladies Night just "gets bigger and better every year."

The women were given a number as soon as they entered the catered room, where they were later informed that each number represented a station from which to taste different foods.

However, Miller would flip on and off the light switch to signify that the ladies should change to a different station.

Some of the women laughed and compared the lights going on and off to a game of musical chairs, where the lights meant for the women to stop what they were doing and move to another table.

Chartwells' director Corey Fischer introduced his fellow staff members to the capacity crowd shortly after the women were seated.

Fischer has a quite a lengthy resume with food services, which recently included a stint with NBC and the Olympic games. His resume does not include, however, playing running back for Catawba a few short years ago.

Kory Fisher, notice the different spelling, left Catawba's football program as arguably the best running back to have ever worn Indian blue.

Speaking of Indian blue, head coach Chip Hester and seven of his finest football players were also placed on the hot seat.

All-American left tackle Terence Crosby was asked to describe his typical day or night after a football game. The 6'2 300 pound senior quickly replied, "Get ice after the game for aches and pains!"

The audience erupted in laughter, and it was the first of many chuckles they enjoyed on Friday.

Junior slot receiver Brandon Bunn was inquired about the team's biggest rival. The team's leading receiver told those in attendance that they would be inclined to think Lenoir-Rhyne because of the matchup's rich history, but Bunn sent the ladies into a frenzy after saying they beat them every year.

Obviously, Bunn pointed to Carson-Newman as the team's arch nemisis.

Junior defensive tackle Brandon Sutton stole the show without a doubt at the annual event. When asked about his influence on potential recruits to the campus, the all-conference performer started off on a serious note by pointing out that Catawba does not take losing too lightly.

"It is not about the girls, but the education," said Sutton with a wholesome grin.

The room chuckled at the charismatic defensive tackle, who was well represented with his grandmother, daughter, and others in attendance.

On a more serious note, redshirt freshman running back Bobby Morrison agreed with Tippie Miller that Catawba has already made him feel at home, even though his stay on campus has only been for a short while. He mentioned that he always felt like he was apart of the Catawba family from day one.

Day one was also a phrase that portrayed Hester's ambitions for the 2009 season.

The Tribe have numerous goals on the table for the upcoming year, which include a national championship run.

Hester replied that if the team did not have a national title as their goal, then they were shooting too low.

"We are going to take this season one day at a time," said a grinning Hester. "And it all starts with winning that first play against St. Augustine, then building on that and winning the second play of that game."

The women liked Sutton's answer best when he said, " The bar is so high for this season, the clouds are smiling at it."

The clouds weren't the only ones who left the Catawba campus on Friday smiling, as it was another huge success.

The player panel composed of seniors Terence Crosby, Melquan Fair, Julian Samolu, juniors Brandon Bunn, Grayson Downs, Brandon Sutton, and redshirt freshman Bobby Morrison. All seven student-athletes were sharply dressed, well-mannered, and well-spoken.

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