Midnight practices aren't something usually seen at the high school level, but when BHHS Head Coach Chris Schofield realized that the first OSAA-allowed day of practice was on Veterans Day he decided to take advantage.
"The general idea is this year we had Monday off from school and we had the opportunity to do something fun for the kids," Schofield said. "Something different. Something to get the parents and community involved."
The evening began at 6 p.m. on Sunday, with a potato-bar dinner provided by some of the player's parents that was open to all basketball players from grades 5 to 12.
The meal was followed by a work party where the athletes, their parents and members of the community at large were invited to help spruce up the high school's CFCU Pavilion and the team room.
When asked about how much support the team got from the community for their project Schofield was ecstatic.
"Are you kidding me? Do you realize how ridiculous this community is? How supportive they are?" he said. "I mean, we've got dad's painting until 1 o'clock in the morning. The work party we had they just jumped on it."
A number of assignments were handed out and according to Schofield all of them got accomplished including scrubbing the bleachers, painting the team room and parts of the reserved seating section of the gym.
"We knew we had a lot of things that needed to be done and we thought it would be good for the kids to have some ownership in it and take some pride in it," Schofield said. "And we just have such supportive parents. We actually had a parent suggest it. We were talking about the dinner, and the practice and they said we have all these things to do why not have the girls help with it."
Following the work project, the coaches dismissed the younger players and put on a movie for those high school athletes who wanted to stay at the gym until practice began at 12:01 a.m.; and waited.
"It was a lot of fun," Karlie Gonzalez said of the night.
Teammate Mallory McDonald agreed.
"It will bring the team together," she said.
The practice was basic and touched on the Bruins' primary defense, various basketball skills and some exercises designed to get returning players and newcomers to the team in basketball mode.
The practice was open to high school basketball players and serves as a tryout process with the coaches watching players and beginning to make personnel decisions.
More than 20 hopeful players attended the practice and look to make the Lady Bruins a force to be reckoned with in the 2012-2013 girls basketball season.