On March 13, the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team’s season ended with a 69-57 loss to Dayton Dunbar in the District finals. The team finished the season with a 14-12 record and reached the District finals for the first time in 15 seasons. Head Coach Tim Monahan said that he is most proud of how the team stuck together, even when they were struggling.
“It could have been very easy to fold and call it a season,” Monahan said. “But our seniors wanted their last year to still be special so all of them continued to work hard and once we beat Roger Bacon at home, we won 7 of the next 8 games.”
The team didn’t always look like one that would be playing in Districts, according to the team’s seniors. Monahan said it was because of teamwork, not star power, that this team was able to succeed.
“[These] kids played for one another. That’s big reason we got as far as we did,” Monahan said. “We had a great group of guys this year led by a great group of seniors.”
Senior Nick Niehaus said the whole season was full of ups and downs.
“It was a roller coaster of a season,” Niehaus said. “We were always going through ups and downs, losing and winning. The season was very high in emotion.”
The team was led by of a close-knit group of seniors, who all came from the same grade school and have been playing together for years. Monahan said saying goodbye to this group will be extremely hard.
“The hardest part is not seeing the players on a daily basis now,” Monahan said. “Great relationships are formed when you’re seeing these kids six days a week.”
Niehaus said it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to these teammates. “I’m going to miss playing with these guys,” he said. “I’ve been playing with them since 6th grade, so it’s going to be weird to stop, I’ll miss it. I love these guys.”