West Shamokin seniors

Seniors Kaylee Good, Carter Eddy, Cecilia Long and Parker Short all said goodbye to West Shamokin’s swamp as they crossed the finish line for the last time on Oct. 2. The cross country team was the first West Shamokin sport to send off their seniors. Tonight the football players, cheerleaders and band members will be recognized, and the volleyball team will recognize its seniors Tuesday. (West Shamokin High School)

Seniors Carter Eddy, Cecilia Long, Kaylee Good and Parker Short all said goodbye to West Shamokin’s swamp as they crossed the finish line for the last time on Oct. 2. The WSHS cross country team competed against Purchase Line. Seniors from both teams were honored at this last race at West Shamokin for the 2019 season.

It was a sunny and warm afternoon for the four senior runners to race West Shamokin’s course for their last time as a team under the direction of head coach Curt Mertz and assistant coach Anna Riexinger.

“This last home race was momentous because it was the last time I crossed the finish line at West Shamokin as a student,” Eddy said. Eddy said he is thankful to have such supportive coaches and teammates.

In addition to Eddy, Short ran a good race. When asked what makes this last home race special, Short said, “Being at my home course allows me time to relax and not have to do the walkthrough of a course.”

Eddy and the rest of the seniors can look back on a good season. The last home race was a success for the WSHS cross country team regardles of times and place standings; who really remembers that anyway?

This was just the start of the senior night rituals; tonight is a big night for senior recognition. The senior football players, cheerleaders and band members will be recognized at Jack E. Boyer field during the game against Saltsburg. Volleyball is next, celebrating its seniors on Tuesday during their home game against Purchase Line.

Not only is senior night important to seniors, it is probably most important to the parents who have driven to countless meets, games, parades, competitions and let’s not even get started on the practices!

To the seniors, well done and good luck. To the parents, are there even words? So long, seniors. Thanks for the memories.