This kind of anticipation has never been felt before until now, a moment that no one knows the feeling of until it happens.
It’s done. They step onto the bus to leave and the realization that they’ll never play in that uniform, on their field, with that again sinks in.
It’s bittersweet, emotional, sad and exciting.
“That’s a game I will never get back,” senior varsity girls soccer player Tori Sprenkle said.
As our seniors prepare to put on their cap and gown, they recall what it was like to wear that jersey, swimsuit, singlet for the last time.
The bonds that they created over their career, the inside jokes are ripped away as their inevitable last season came and went.
It’s a season unlike any other. Though this time there will not be a “next year.” No chance for redemption. Absolutely no second chances.
“I felt so happy during the last game yet I still had that sad feeling pulling at me because I knew that I would never get to cheer on the Lions again,” varsity football cheerleader Maryssa Guerreri said.
Varsity swimmer Jesse North couldn’t believe it was over already. Softball player Alexa Taylor and lacrosse athlete Clarissa Axe were incredulous that they won’t play their respective sports again.
“After the loss [in Districts], we were done,” girls basketball player Jen Horvatinovic said.
The commitment every athlete had to their sport, some for all their lives, can not be replicated.
For coaches, realizing they will not have quite the same group next year is difficult.
Defensive coordinator for the varsity football team Mr. Jeremy Granger said. “It is always hard to say goodbye to the seniors.”
For band director Curtis Crone, “It is always sad to see a talented class like this year’s group of seniors leave.”
Boys track coach Todd Barshinger said, “With 19 seniors graduating this year, they will be very hard to replace.”
In spite of knowing this is the end and having to accept that they may never play again, many athletes have memories from their career that make the void somewhat bearable.
Tennis player CJ Weigle said he wasn’t thinking about his last game too much.
“I was happy with everything that I had accomplished.”
First baseman for the varsity baseball team Sam Kitzmiller said even though he didn’t want it to be over, he had a great run with his team.
Tori Sprenkle stepped forward every game with her sister by her side, her “best friend and teammate.”
Jesse North got the girl’s 200-freestyle stroke record in swimming.
Varsity wrestler Tyler Schell was a PIAA State Qualifier.
Not only have these seniors faced the end of their high school careers, but the incomparable rivalries they had experienced with teams like Dallastown have come to an end as well.
Varsity field hockey player Kasey Seitz said the last game gave her “a good feeling, even though I won’t have that rivalry anymore.”
Jen Horvatinovic said by beating Dallastown in her last match up by one point, she was able to get “a last little piece of revenge.”
Revenge, a word many seniors used to describe their feelings towards the opposing team.
While some players unfortunately could not experience a big win against the Wildcats for the last time, they were still determined and played an intense game.
Varsity swimmer Bryor Moritz described his last meet against Dallastown as, “bittersweet because I won’t swim against a good team anymore.”
The dedication, the hard-fought games, and the overall camaraderie formed among these student athletes, are probably the most engraved memories in their minds. Their legacy will not be forgotten as they move on to a new chapter in their lives, with or without the sport they grew up with.