Eagles' Fan Fest tips off tonight

The annual Winthrop Fan Fest will be held tonight at the Winthrop Coliseum, with fans getting their first opportunity to see the men's and women's basketball teams.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Coach Bud Childers will introduce the women's team, with first-year coach Randy Peele doing the honors for the men.

Teams will compete in a 3-point shooting contest and several of the men's players will go at it in a slam dunk contest, with the fans picking the winner.

The men's team will follow with a 15-minute scrimmage while the women sign posters and then it will be the men's turn to sign posters at about 8:45 p.m. to close out the event.

The Lady Eagles open the season hosting the Winthrop Classic, which will also feature North Texas, Navy and Rice, Nov. 9-11.

The men open at home at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 against Queens.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Bonecrushers 12U AA team won the NIT Halloween Challenge this past weekend. The Bonecrushers went 4-0 for the weekend with excellent pitching from Dallas Betsill, Adam Patrick, Caleb Morris and Russell Hubbs.

Offensively, the Bonecrushers were led by Betsill (seven hits, 3 RBIs, six runs scored); Darius Means (four hits, three runs scored), Morris (five hits, 2 RBIs, four runs scored), Christian Cok (five hits, 3 RBIs) and Drew Patrick (three hits, 4 RBIs, four runs scored). The Bonecrushers are coached by Yogi Elliott.