SHS Senior Athletes Celebrated During This Year’s Senior Nights

Sports programs were creative with the absence of home fields

Bridget Lumnah, Staff Writer

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As the fall sports season comes to a close, one recent event has marked a true “beginning of the end” for the athletes of the Class of 2020 — Senior Night. Before a game or meet, each of the seniors currently participating in SHS athletics was celebrated for the dedication and effort put into their teams over the past four years. 

Senior Cross Country Captain Ellie Foley said her final meet on October 23rd was “very sentimental,” adding it was “nice to see people appreciate you.” Being a three-season athlete, Foley’s first Senior Night was a unique experience: the environment was even more fun, as she reflected on her time with the coaches and teammates of the past two years. The Cross Country team hung posters on the fences with the names of their 17 seniors, as well as balloons and a thoughtful speech from Head Coach Kathleen McCarthy. 

The SHS volleyball team celebrated both Scituate and Hanover’s senior athletes, having their parents walk them out onto the court followed with specialized announcements and flowers for each senior. The youngest group of girls in the program initially welcomed them into the gym, which senior Captain Anna Conroy claimed was really cool as it showed “the community of the actual team itself and how the sport has grown in the town.”

Nevertheless, with the construction of new turf fields at Scituate High School, some athletes felt a certain disconnect from this anticipated celebration of seniors. Nicole Kelly, a senior on the field hockey team, certainly felt special through the posters, flowers, and pizza party organized for their 10 seniors; despite this, Kelly stated that their combined Senior Night with Marshfield almost “felt like a regular game because extended family members couldn’t make it out that far.” Captain of the girls’ soccer team, Brigid Bonner, echoed the same points as Kelly, adding, “It was definitely a different atmosphere having the game in Quincy, as none of our friends could come.” Nevertheless, Bonner claimed that in the end, “all that mattered was that [she] had [her] teammates, family, and coaches there to make the night amazing.”

The SHS football team’s Senior Night will take place during the Thanksgiving Game on Thursday, November 28th. With a number of four-year athletes on the team, one being a college football commit, these seniors will certainly appreciate the opportunity to see their hard work acknowledged at the end of their final season. 

 

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