| Phoebe Rak | email@example.com | February 18, 2020 |
On the evening of Thursday, February 13th, the d.tech boys’ varsity basketball team had their Senior Night game at the Oracle Gym against Kehilah, d.tech’s rival. The game celebrated the end of seniors Steven Varghese and Noah Chen’s d.tech basketball careers. Both seniors were excited and nervous walking into the game. “This team has done really well and I am so happy to have gotten to play with them,” said Varghese.
The gym was decorated in orange and white with two large posters with the seniors’ names in big letters. The Senior Night ceremony took place before the game began. The coaches announced the names of the boys as they ran through their posters and walked through an archway made up of their teammates holding supportive and nostalgic posters.
Chen walked through the archway with his mom and handed her flowers as the announcer shared his plans for the future: to go to medical school. “I’ve played for three years, it’s a long way to come to be a senior at our final home game, so I’m sad,” shared Chen.
Varghese also ran through the sign, but additionally opted to rip off his velcro warm-up pants, which resulted in raucous laughter from the audience. Varghese’s parents accompanied him as he walked down the aisle. “I know everything comes to an end, and we’ve come a long way. Freshman year I was on JV (Junior Varsity) and we only won one game. We’ve come this far, and we’re playoff qualified which is amazing to see and I’m really happy,” said Varghese.
The team has formed a close bond over the season and their four years at d.tech. “I’ve gotten so much closer with my teammates, even small things like the rides to games. I became close with people who I probably wouldn’t have talked to before,” said Varghese. Chen shared a similar sentiment, stating, “We’re like a family, at practices and games, we’re always there for each other.”
The varsity team won their game by a large margin of 74-32 against Kehilah, a great way to end the season.
Chen and Varghese both plan to continue playing basketball in college, but not on a professional level, both aiming to play intramural at their respective schools.
As a farewell to their teammates, Chen and Varghese offered advice to the teams of next year. “Welcome everyone with open arms […] when I was a freshman it was the juniors who welcomed me and I have been trying to pass that down,” said Varghese.
“Our team is really young but if they keep working hard, they’ll get it done,” said Chen.
UPDATE: The Varsity team won 55-50 at the PSAL tournament Saturday against Thomas Moore School and their place is solidified in playoffs and their next game will be Monday at 6 pm.