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Senior night leaves senior athletes with mixed feelings

February 18, 2011

Senior night leaves a lot of mixed feelings for seniors competing their last home game or last game completely. The last home basketball game will be held on Feb. 19 against their rivals Knox College. The women will tip off at 3 p.m. and the men will tip off at 5 p.m.

Members from the men and women’s basketball teams along with cheerleading team have commented on how they feel about this being their last home game.

“Knowing this is my last competitive game ever, it feels bittersweet. I’ve played basketball since I was about seven years old,” said Corey Gruber. “It stinks that it is coming to an end but at the same time I get to display my abilities one last time. It makes it better that the game is at home in front of our fans, which we represent every game we play. This year didn’t go as we as a team and college would have hoped, but at the same time we can still go out with a win. Since it is the annual Knox game it makes the game 10 times more important. The Knox game makes us play at a higher level than we normally do. This is a game that is a must win whether or not both teams are 10-0 or 0-10. It should be a really fun game and it will make the season a lot better when we sweep Knox this weekend.”

“It is very bitter-sweet.  It is definitely easier to cope with now because I know that we have secured a conference playoff spot so I know that it will not be my last game ever,” said Justine Boone. “However, it still reminds me that my basketball career is almost over and it makes me very sad.  I have played since fifth grade and it is a huge part of my life.  Senior night or day seems so surreal and premature.  I can’t believe that four years of college basketball has gone so fast.”

“I have mixed feelings about the last home game.  On one hand I am excited for it to be all over with, so we can concentrate on nationals and on the other hand I am so sad because I have been cheering with these senior girls since I was a freshman,” said Kayla Blackburn. “The seniors this year were my first friends here on campus and I don’t think I am ready to let the closeness we have go.  I have also known Corey Gruber since freshman year and I feel that this Saturday will be such a surreal thing and a wake-up call that we are all graduating.  I hope that everything goes well at the game this weekend and I hope to see a large crowd.  Go Scots!”

The women’s basketball coach, Melissa Bittner also commented on senior night and her favorite memory of this season.

“Justine, Erica and Niki Sue have made a major impact on our program and will be greatly missed,” said Bittner. “I really enjoyed the ‘business trip’ beating Carroll and Ripon on the road to sweep a Wisconsin weekend. Our recent home victory against Lake Forest was memorable as it secured our spot for the MWC playoffs.”

BY KELSEY BESHEARS
Sports Editor

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