Bruins Bid Farewell to Senior Hoopsters

Zach Piatt
Sports Editor


Anthony Moody drives the lane, collapsing the Concordia defense, before dishing a pass. The Bruins topped the Cadets 48-43 on February 6.

The 2014-15 high school basketball season is coming to a close, and it’s time, once again, to say goodbye to our beloved seniors.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s senior class,” said Northrop head basketball coach, Barak Coolman.

The senior Bruin ballers this year are Adam Day, Anthony Moody, Aaron Thomas, and Nigel Kilby. Day is a lethal three point threat, a good defender, and the team energizer. Moody is a top notch defender and provides some occasional offense. Thomas (6’6″) and Kilby (6’7″) are the Bruins’ own “Twin Towers” (referencing the San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson and Tim Duncan from the late ’90s and early 2000s). They have an intimidating inside presence, come up with a lot of blocked shots, and are monsters on the glass.

Not only has it been an exciting experience watching this class of seniors play, but the players have also had a great time providing the excitement.

“It’s been a pleasure to play basketball at Northrop these last three years,” says senior Aaron Thomas. “I’ve really enjoyed being coached by Mr. Coolman and playing with the people I’ve played with over the years.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to play with some amazing players and to be coached by amazing coaches,” says senior Adam Day. “I love all my coaches and teammates like they’re family, and I will forever be grateful for their sacrifices.”

After the Scott twins left Northrop two years ago, the Bruins had their first losing season in five years.  Northrop’s 2015 senior class turned that trend right around as they led the Bruins back above that .500 mark.

“With their hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and loyalty, the 2015 seniors have helped return the Northrop basketball program back to its winning ways,” says Coolman. “More importantly, these young men have what it takes to be successful beyond sports and will make a huge impact in what ever career and life path they choose to pursue.”

Coach hit the nail right on the head with that statement.  For this class of seniors, basketball has been more than just a game. It has given them a hint of what success feels like, and they will carry that with them through the rest of their lives.

“The past four years have taught me a lot about myself, and more importantly life in general,” Day said. “As I move on, I know the memories made and the lessons learned will always be with me and guide me to success.”

It will be hard to watch these seniors go. They provided Northrop with some entertainment and some fun memories, but it’s time for them to open the next chapter in their lives.

“These high character young men are the true definition and examples of what it means to be winners on and off the court,” said Coolman.

“I will always remember Northrop basketball,” said Thomas.

Day echoes Thomas’s sentiment.

“It’s a very bittersweet feeling to know that my time with this program has come to an end,” Day said. “Whether it was a good time or a low time as a Northrop Bruin, I have always come out as a better person because of it.”



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