This weekend, the CBU Capers will face off against the Saint Mary’s Huskies at the Sullivan Field House for their Orange Out home openers. With games taking place at 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, there will be no shortage of action for Capers fans.
Fourth year students Mitchell Mersereau and Tyson Cato are both ready to step up and help their team battle for two weekend wins. A homegrown player from Sydney River, Mitchell grew up watching the Capers and says they’ve always been his idols. “When I had the opportunity to become a Caper myself, I couldn’t pass it up,” he says. “It’s nice to be able to represent my home town. The whole Island is a community, so whether you’re a visitor or resident, no matter who you are you’re part of the Cape Breton family.”
For Tyson, who joined the Capers from Ajax, Ontario, Cape Breton has quickly become a second home. “Cape Breton is one of the most supportive and welcoming communities in the country and that sense of community support is reflective in our fans,” he says. “Every home game is always full of cheering fans doing their best to support us on the court and they have an energy that’s unmatched by any other school in the AUS.”
For both Mitchell and Tyson who are heading into their third season with the Capers, team morale and relationship-building is key to their success. For Mitchell, this is grounded in respect. “It’s one of the major components of all of my relationships at CBU as a student and athlete,” he says. “My coaches respect me, I respect my coaches and all of my teammates respect each other.”
Tyson says the team this year feels special and that each athlete on the roster feels like a brother to him. “We don’t splinter in hard times and we help each other to become better,” says Tyson. “Everyone here wants to win not only for themselves but for the rest of the team and that’s what I love most about this team. The coaching staff is no different; they want to help us become the best people we can be both on and off the court.”
As the basketball teams gear up for their first home game of the season, Tyson and Mitchell both agree that having cheering fans in the stands would mean so much to them. With all the hard work and new additions to the teams, they are sure to put on a great show. “The support of Capers fans never goes unnoticed,” says Mitchell. “We’re all so thankful to those who show up and pack the stands with orange.”
There’s no better time to show our Caper pride so join us at the Sullivan Field House at 6:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4, and cheer on your CBU Capers! Don’t forget to wear your orange!