It was a sentimental moment for the seniors on the Baldwin Varsity Boys Basketball team at Senior Night on February 13 when each senior on the team was commemorated. This was the last night they would play at Baldwin High School. The people in the stands as well as by the Baldwin High School cheerleaders showed their appreciation. Since the majority of the team is made up of seniors, they will surely be missed.
Each senior walked down with their parents or siblings and was presented a gift by each cheerleader. It was evident how much it meant to each senior to be leaving Baldwin High School and how it feels to be a Bruin. The seniors honored that night were: Mykeil Tzul, Brandon Williams, Myles Ojeikere, Hassan Keita, Kyle Richardson, Rashid Lezane, Terrence Robins, Andres Gonzalez, Kirk Staine, Jared Francis, and Kevin Figaro.
Although this was a ceremony, there was still a game to play against the Calhoun Colts. The seniors wanted to start off with a bang and end with a win. In the first quarter, Baldwin finished with a score of 19 to Calhoun's score of 9. Second quarter brought an even greater Bruin lead with their score of 42 over the Colt's 17. Already halfway through the game, Baldwin was in the lead and they kept it that way with a score of 62-32 at the end of the third quarter. The Baldwin Bruins set out to do what they came to do that night. When the final buzzer rang, they had a final score of 75, defeating Calhoun's score of 46.
Coming to that last game in Baldwin meant something to me as well. I'll miss hearing about our school sports and going to games. This game was yet another farewell to Baldwin High School as I near the end of my high school years.
After winning this game, the Baldwin Bruins continued their winning streak and went on to win the Nassau County Championships, along with the Baldwin Varsity Girls Basketball team. They made history for both teams from the same town to win the title. As they both faced their final game to win the Long Island Championships, unfortunately, the girls were not able to take home the win. However, in happier news, the boys defeated Floyd and were able to represent Baldwin and win the Long Island Championships for the second time in Baldwin history.
On March 16, as the boys headed to Glen Falls to play for the state championships they were given a sweet farewell from faculty and students at Baldwin High School. They were wished plenty of "good lucks" as they boarded the bus to sustain them during the ride upstate. Regrettably, the Bruins lost by 11 points to Rochester's Aquinas Institute, ending their season.
The Baldwin Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams should both be proud of their accomplishments this season. We could not be more proud of them. They represented Baldwin in every game they played and they showed what Baldwin represents: hard working and dedicated students. I know I speak for everyone when I say I am glad to be from Baldwin.