By: Sebastian Hickmott
The 2019 - 2020 Senior Boys’ Basketball team had a roller coaster of a season, with five wins and four losses. Between our first game against Bayview Glen and our heartbreaking loss to Holy Trinity in the finals this past Saturday, we went from a collection of boys who love basketball to a team of young men prepared to leave everything they have on the court. This, however, didn’t happen overnight, but through almost constant 4:15 p.m. practices resulting in most members of our team getting home at 8 p.m., Coach Ray running us ragged through shuttle runs at the beginning of practice, and not to mention two-hour bus rides up to Lakefield in the middle of the winter.
To a person who wasn’t on the team this year, these may sound like reasons we should be glad that the season is over, but nothing can be further from the truth. The hard practices, long bus rides, and tough losses brought us together as a team and made us respect each other both on and off the court. I have only been playing basketball for two years of my high school career, but being part of the senior boys’ basketball team will be a standout highlight from my high school experience.
When I look back at my season this year, I won’t think about the disappointing losses. It will be the memories I made with the boys; the friendships I have made that basketball provided through a shared love of the game. The boys are not the only reason we were successful this year. Without the tireless passion of Coach Raymond or our teacher coordinator/second mom Ms. Francis we wouldn’t even have made it on the court. On behalf of the team, I would like to thank Coach Ray, who, in his last year with the College, put aside his career and family life in order to impart his passion for the game he loves onto a group of dazed teenagers who love basketball. To Ms. Francis, I would like to say thank you for spending your days and nights worrying about us and making sure we were all safe and prepared to play. Even though we constantly made your life way more difficult than it needed to be, you always brought passion and care to the team. Lastly, I would personally like to thank everybody involved in the senior boys’ basketball team this season for encouraging me to love a sport at which I am thoroughly mediocre.