Emma Kauffman ’13
A cheering crowd, a tunnel of cheerleaders, crying parents and a reminiscent coach. Robert Klein ’13 and Kyle Longcore ’13 remember clearly how exciting past senior nights have been for the CSHS varsity basketball team. Unfortunately, their own senior night will never be included in those memories.
Senior night, Friday, Feb. 26, went differently than past years. During the varsity boys half-time, Coach Scott Taylor gave each of the girls a rose and brought them to center court. Once he announced their future plans and listed their many talents, the four girls took the microphone and thanked the crowd, their parents and coaches.
And then it was the boys’ turn.
“It wasn’t really the same as it’s been in the past with stuff that he’s done, but with a different coach I guess you can expect that” said Klein.
The boys wandered out of the locker room and to center court, and while the crowd chatted away, the class of 2013 senior night commenced.
“I could barely hear him [Coach Jeff Patin] standing right next to him, and everyone was talking” explained Klein.
The boys were disappointed with the way the evening went. Coach Jeff Patin began coaching this year, and did not have the history and memories with the boys that past coaches have had.
“He basically said the same thing about both of us, that we both worked really hard, and came to practice every day,” commented Klein, “Knowing that there were only two seniors on the team that we’d have to step up and be team leaders.
In past years, the whole student section would come down on the court and make a tunnel for the senior team members to walk though. The coach would talk about each of them for at least three minutes before the game. All of the seniors got to start.
“I wish Kyle would have gotten to start, because he’s worked hard, and we were all expecting him to, and I saw that he wasn’t, and I felt bad for him.” said Klein.
Senior athletes are highly recognized in Cedar Springs. Many of them have been contributing to their various programs for many years, and are a large presence in the community. Although Longcore wasn’t able to start, he was more upset about the negative connotations of this year’s senior night.
“There were only two of us; Robert and I, so it felt like we were overlooked, or nobody cared about us.”