Senior night festivities plentiful this time of year

of the HeraldFebruary 5, 2014 

The high school winter sports season is going by at a breakneck pace. The season always goes by fast, but this winter has seemed to be just a bit quicker than others. The calendar doesn’t lie; the majority of the teams I cover will have their regular seasons come to a close within the next week.

But postseason play is right around the corner for east Pierce squads.

One of the highlights toward the end of the regular season is when parents have a chance to share the spotlight with their kids on the grand stage. The tradition is dubbed “senior night,” and it’s one of the top traditions that take place in high school athletics across the country.

Typically, it falls on the final home regular-season competition of the year. Parents and family members fill the bleachers to watch their kids, and they’re introduced in front of the crowd prior to event.

For many athletes, senior night is the culmination of three years of hard work in their respective sport. They have put in countless hours of preparation, and they’re being honored for their commitment to their program.

I covered the Rogers and Puyallup wrestling teams’ senior night extravaganzas. The Rams faced their rival Emerald Ridge, and Puyallup faced the Bethel Braves in its home finale.

Rogers’ 59-9 win against the Jaguars was particularly memorable for the Rams seniors. Four seniors — Jovanis Rodriguez, Tevita Feiloakitau, Elijah Albro and Brandon Brenenstahl — came away with victories in their final home match. Albro pinned Emerald Ridge’s Blake Magee in the third round, while Rodriguez, Feiloakitau and Brenenstahl won by decision.

Despite the lopsided team score, wrestlers and fans roared emphatically with every victory the Rams registered.

It was a night Rams grapplers will remember for the rest of their lives.

As high school basketball’s regular season winds down this week, I’m sure I will encounter a few more senior night celebrations.

The tradition of honoring senior athletes is a great one, and it will continue for years to come.

Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or by email at shaun.scott@ puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.

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