Looking Back On An Unforgettable Year

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

Graduation is today, and it still hasn’t hit me that I will never go back to Northrop High School as a student. Seniors were dismissed early on the last day, but I didn’t want to leave. Senior year was the best year of my life. I’ve made so many memories as a Bruin, so what better way to cap off my Northrop writing career than with my top ten memories from senior year?

  1. Sectional Champs

Ok so I lied about there only being 10 memories. And I lied about all of them being from senior year. Winning the baseball sectional junior year was easily my top memory from Northrop, so I had to include it in my list. I’ll never forget it, from scoring seven runs in the sixth inning, to making the final catch in center field, to hanging out at the lake with the team afterwards. Again, this would run away with the number one spot, but it had to settle for honorable mention because I wasn’t a senior yet.

  1. I’m Done

This is the only memory that has to do with academics. It was the night before our last English paper was due. I put the finishing touches on my paper, attached it to an email, and sent it to Mrs. Hirsch. When I hit that send button I felt so relieved. I was done writing papers for the year. From that moment on I was in cruise control.

  1. The 12 Days of Northrop

Along with eight of my baseball teammates, I made a complete fool of myself in front of the whole school in the talent show. We sang an original song entitled, “The 12 Days of Northrop” and made fun of each other in between each verse. We looked like idiots, but we had fun and made everyone laugh.

  1. “Mr. 1,002”

Heading into the final basketball game of the season, Richard needed 22 points to reach 1,000 for his high school career. He was stuck on 999 for what seemed like an entire quarter before he sank a three with under a minute left in the game. We went nuts in the student section and started chanting, “Rich Money! Rich Money!” Time was called, and Richard was given a standing ovation and a ball.

  1.  She Said Yes

I went to see my best friend Evelyn perform in the Northrop Classique. She was also performing the following night, and I told her I wouldn’t be able to make it because I’d be in West Lafayette all day for the Purdue game. I did go to the game, but I knew I’d be back in time to see the show again, so it was the perfect time for me to prompose. I stood in the middle of the commons with my sign and bouquet of flowers waiting for her to come out after the performance. Somehow she figured it all out before she saw me and said yes like seven times before I could even ask the question.

  1. Rich Money Beats the Buzzer

Yes, Richard had a moment more memorable than scoring 1,000 points. It was Hawaiian night, and we were playing New Haven. We were down by one with just over four seconds left in the game. Richard got the ball in the corner and dribbled all the way to the opposite wing before driving to the hoop. He put up a circus shot in mid air that went off the backboard, around the rim, and in as time expired. We rushed the court and went absolutely crazy.

  1. Jackie Robinson Day

Coach Brumbaugh got the team throwback #42 jerseys that we could only wear for one game this season. It was fitting because we played Snider on that day. Everyone showed up to the ballpark early and wore something over their jersey during warm ups. We revealed them as a team right before we took the field. This game was awesome, not just because we were able to honor Jackie Robinson, but also because we kicked the crap out of our rival.  

  1. Team Party

Our team party was held on the Saturday before sectionals, as it is every year. We played two-ball and wiffle ball in Lincoln Elementary’s gym since we couldn’t have it outside because of the rain. This year was a little more special as a senior because we got to give all the coaches our gifts and Brum got to say some words about each of us. He told me I have a great future in journalism ahead of me, and I couldn’t have been more appreciative. To top it all off, I was one of four seniors to receive the Stavreti Scholarship, which I have to say is one of my proudest accomplishments.

  1. “USA! USA! USA!”

Cheering in “The Den” under the Friday night lights is always a blast, but this game topped them all. It was red, white, and blue night in honor of September 11 coming up. The painters spelled “AMERICA!” across the front row. I was the “R.” It was just like any other game until it started to rain. Nobody wanted to leave. We sang “Party in the USA” at the top of our lungs as smeared paint ran down our chests. It really was a perfect example of school spirit. The baseball team was also honored at halftime for winning sectionals the previous year, which added to the significance.

  1. Prom 0017

My senior prom was one of the best nights of my life. It was James Bond themed and Evelyn and I were decked out in red. After pictures I took her to dinner at Takaoka and had to cover up the prices because she thought it was too expensive. After dinner we left for the Coliseum and had the time of our lives. It was a night to remember because it was spent with my best friend. Plus she taught me how to slow dance.

  1. I Missed the Bunt

I was lucky enough to play a game at Parkview Field as a sophomore. This year I was given another opportunity, and we played guess who: Snider. This one took nine innings. It was easily the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of.

Marcus Bell (7) scores the game-winning run as Zach Piatt (9) celebrates. The game was scoreless through eight innings until 11 total runs were scored in the ninth. Photo by Leverage Photography.

Garrett had a no-hitter through eight innings. The only problem was we only had one hit in that span. It was 0-0 going into the ninth. Snider scored five runs in the top half. I led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Then came hit after hit after hit after hit until we batted around and I was back up to the plate. It was tied with bases loaded and one out. I took the first pitch for a strike. Brum gave the suicide squeeze sign on the second pitch. The pitch looked like it was going to hit me in the head, and I did a full 180 and completely missed the bunt. I looked up to see the ball miss the catcher’s glove and go to the backstop. Marcus crossed the plate and what happened afterwards was absolute madness as my teammates mobbed me at home plate.

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