Senior Recognition Night
Before the game against the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Sullivan West, a trio of senior home team captains took center stage at Roscoe Central School during senior recognition night at “Coach” Fred Ahart Gymnasium on February 6.
To kick off the annual event, the announcer read a message “from the girls to our parents," which read in part, “Thanks you for your words of wisdom, your support and most importantly your love… we appreciate your devotion, your timeless efforts teaching us, and the pride you have shown to and in us over the years…”
Each senior stepped up to the plate to say a few words of heartfelt thanks to their respective parents.
* Rosalyn Trautschold (#10) is a shooting guard. “Thank you for making me the woman I am today… Dad, for 17 years you’ve never let me quit, you always told me to try harder or try again… without you and your encouragement, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
* Camille Hondromaras (#12) is a forward. “Mom, since I started playing basketball in the ninth grade, you have always supported me… you came to every game no matter how far, and always cheered the loudest for me and the team…e very time I looked up in the bleachers, there you were.”
* Mara Marshall LeRoy (#21) is a forward. “Dear Mom and Dad. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your pushing me to do better… thank you for driving me to practices, and cheering me on at games, and picking me back up when I fall.”
And then it was time for the parents to join their young student athletes during their final home game of the season on the polished hardwood court.
A few smiles, a wave or two to the crowd, a couple of tears later, and it was game time.
After the final buzzer each senior captain was asked about the game, and to share a few words about their veteran coach Becky Ahart.
“We played to the best of our abilities," said Trautschold of the game. And of Ahart, she said, “She’s an all around great person… very inspirational, and helps us when we need it. I wouldn’t want anybody else as my coach.”
Hondromaras said, “We worked as team… it’s been a rough season, but we all work together," adding of Ahart, "We love her. She’s the best coach ever… so thankful for what she’s taught us that we can take into the real world.”
“I think we work together… we encourage each other to get back up when we fall," said LeRoy, noting that she comes to play at Roscoe from neighboring Livingston Manor. “I was kind of nervous about it, but she [Ahart] welcomed me with open arms.”