Wallenpaupack Area closed out the regular season in fine fashion against Scranton
Wednesday night's home game against Scranton was preceded with some fanfare as Senior members of both the boys basketball team and cheerleading squad were recognized.
Following their 70-59 win over Scranton that night, the elder statesmen of the court shared some insight and memories.
"We've come a long way," Eric Miller began.
"We were an under .500 team when we all started and we've worked hard. Now, we're tied for first place."
A man for all seasons, Eric has tallied three letters on the tennis court in addition to his two for basketball.
His real passion is golf, where he's collected four letters and plans to continue his love of the links by majoring in Business with a focus on Professional Golf Management at Coastal Carolina College.
Off the court, Eric is an adept scholar garnering Honor Roll status and membership in the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.
Sports is in the future of Will Hindel as well. The 3-year gridiron letterman is eyeing Castleton College as a possible home in the fall where he hopes to continue playing football.
While not always a regular on the court, Will's attitude and spirit are an inspiration to his fellow seniors as well as the younger members of the squad.
"This is a special night for all of us," he remarked. "Many of us have been playing together for eight or nine years."
The honor student and National Honor Society member is also active in the community, volunteering with the Wayne County Youth Advisory Committee, the United Way, and as a coach for Lakeside Youth Football.
Another Honor Society member and youth helper is the center-man, Nico Tereschak.
"I can't say getting to where we are now was easy or that we've done everything that we wanted to do, but we stuck to it and we've had a lot of success," Nico stated.
The 4-year veteran of the squad has also taken the gold medal in the high jump at district competition.
While he has plans to get his pilot's license as well, Nico will be attending Penn State University to pursue an education in Athletic Training come fall.
"While I'm glad to be moving forward soon, we're not at the end yet," added Tyler Brexel.
Another 4-year vet, Tyler has made key contributions to the team in the way of clinch buckets and strong defensive play.
The Biddy Basketball coach and gym rats volunteer is an Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America member. He plans to attend West Chester University in the fall and will be majoring in Marketing.
A leader on and off the court, Jake Brown has been class president for two years and was voted Homecoming King in the fall.
An Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America member, the most recent addition to the Paupack 1,000 Point Club has also shared his skills with the Biddy Basketball program.
"Everything about senior night feels good," Jake announced. "We've all been playing basketball with each other for a long time. We've worked hard and had a great time with each other over the years."
Still undecided, Jake is examining schools where he can continue playing basketball.
"The team chemistry is terrific," noted Coach Rich McGinnis. "And, it all starts with the seniors. They're all leaders in one way or another and all contribute the best ways they each can.
"They don't have an 'All about me' attitude and are truly team players that the younger players are proud to look up to."