Alan Lillich, [email protected]
Senior night means something different to people as they go through high-school. As an underclassman you think of it as a night simply recognizing the seniors. As a Junior you think of how the people being recognized will be you next season. As a senior however, it is a night of reflection: a reflection of what the sport has meant to you for the past four years and what it will continue to mean throughout the rest of your life. Each of the six girl senior basketball players reflected on what the program has meant to them for the past four years.
Claire Melander: HF basketball has given me a family. The people I’ve played with and am with on a daily basis are my best friends. This program, coaches, and players have given me memories and lessons that i’ll remember forever.
Grace Murphy: Holy Family Basketball has been one of the most important parts of my high school experience. I have had the best four years playing the sport I love with all my teammates. Through this sport, I have found my best friends while learning to challenge myself and never give up. I will always cherish the memories and friendships I have formed over the years and will be sad to see it come to an end.
Anna Vakulskas: HF basketball is where I found my best friends. It was a place we could all go to escape what was going on in our lives and just have each other and the sport we loved to play. It gave me memories I will hold onto forever and friends i’ll remember forever.
Grace Conroy: Playing basketball at Holy Family has allowed me to meet and become friends with so many amazing people. Throughout all of the seasons every team has been extremely close. One of the coolest things about playing for the Fire is being able to be on the court doing what I love while being surrounded by teammates and classmates who are always so encouraging.
Julia Geurs: HF basketball has meant more to me than words can describe because of the people I have been surrounded by. It has taught me how to be a better leader and how to work hard while pushing myself. I’m incredibly grateful for getting to play along side some of my best friends and am thankful for all the memories I have made that will last a lifetime.
Leigh Steiner: Holy Family basketball has been a special part of my high school career that has allowed me to play the sport I love with amazing people. The memories I have made are irreplaceable. I have loved every moment of this sport; from practices, to game days, to the bus rides home. I have grown not only as a player but as a friend, teammate and leader.
In addition to reflecting on their basketball careers, the girls took on the Orono Spartans for their senior night game. The seniors dominated in this game. The three leading scorers for the Fire were the three senior captains. Leigh Steiner and Grace Conroy both contributed 12 a piece, while Julia Geurs chipped in 10.
The Fire played a dominant defensive game holding Orono to 9 first half points and 16 second half points in route to a 60-25 win. The Fire improved to 19-4 with the win. They are now ranked #1 in the state in class AA and have clinched a share of the Wright County conference title. Look for these seniors and the rest of the team making a deep run in the post season.