The St. Joseph’s Academy basketball team honored its seniors prior to the start of the January 24 game against St. Amant. Recognized for their contributions to the basketball program were Ella Barhorst, Anna Borne, Kate Callicott, Tori Collier, Emma Englade, Lindsey Lutgring, Lauren Saunders, Rachel Weaver, Julia Welsh and Sheridan Jane Whalen.
The seniors were introduced, along with their parents, and received flowers, a framed photograph, an autographed basketball and a blanket.
Head coach deLynn Stelly said this was among the largest senior classes of her coaching career. She had high praise for the group. “I can’t say enough about all of them,” she said. “We are going to miss them so much next year. It’s crazy how these four years have flown by. I can still remember when they were all freshmen and how excited I was about their future. They have impacted me in a way I can never really express. I wish them all the best, and I know all of them have very bright futures ahead of them. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment.”
Welsh is the daughter of Tammera and Paul Welsh. She will be a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball and volleyball. “I was fortunate to celebrate Senior Night with my nine other teammates,” she said. “It was a bittersweet night. Though it was wonderful to have such a large crowd of family and friends fill the gym while being recognized for our achievements over the years, the thought of the season coming to an end became even more real. Being a part of this program has allowed me to create so many unforgettable memories and form strong relationships with my teammates. These coaches have also played a huge role in shaping me into the person and player I have become. It has been a remarkable four years.”
Barhorst is the daughter of Tracey and Brad Barhorst. She will have earned four varsity letters in basketball. “Senior Night was very special,” she said. “It was so awesome to see people come out and cheer us on. The night was special to me because it was the culmination of four years of playing varsity basketball. Being recognized for all accomplishments through high school was amazing. Although we were not the most winning team at SJA, I will never forget the lifelong bonds I created with my teammates. I will always remember being able to have my teammates with me through all things.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Mackenzie Brown