BY Sydney Sloan OCTOBER 29 2014
Senior night is a very important time for athletes. It is the last time they get to play with the team they have been with for the last four years, and it is the last time that they will get to play at Rose.
Every sport has a different way of presenting the seniors. For the volleyball team, the coach calls the senior out, hands them a rose, and announces their stats and career goals. Senior soccer players get called out, and they get a rose to hand to their mom.
“It means a lot to me because I have been playing soccer pretty much my whole life, and this is the last time I will be able to play soccer on our home field with the people that I grew up with and have played soccer with so long,” senior soccer player Conor Pumphrey said.
Many athletes have been waiting a long time for this moment. Even though it is sad, they are excited that it is finally their turn to be recognized as seniors.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” senior volleyball player Alexis Askew said. “It’s sad because it’s the last time I get to play with my friends; at the same time it’s kind of cool because I'm a senior.”
Even though the players are sad about it being the last time they get to play, they are happy to have more time to do other things.
“I’ll miss it, but there will also be times that I won’t miss it, like when I have my free days on the side,” Askew said.
After being on the same team with the same people for four years, players end up spending a lot of time with their teammates and the team is able to build a strong bond.
“I’m really going to miss spending time with friends because we haven't just played through Rose; we have also played together during middle school,” Askew said. “After being a part of the team and family for four years, they become more than just teammates.”
Since the players have been together for so long, many of them have formed exceptional friendships and are going to miss spending time and playing together.
“I’m going to miss all the girls on the team and all the fun that we have had together, because all the friendships we have made have been very close,” senior volleyball player Anna Aldridge said.
Football's senior night is on Nov. 7, and the team is playing New Bern, one of their biggest competitors. They are excited and are hoping to win another game.
“It means a lot because it’s against New Bern, and I’m hoping we beat them,” senior football player Daquan Bell said.
After three years of watching the seniors on their senior night, Askew was ready for her turn.
“I was very nervous walking down there because all the attention is on you,” Askew said. “It was just weird because for so long I watched everyone else do it; I've always been the one pulling down the posters and calling out the senior’s name, so it was just very weird and different.”
For many athletes, this is their last time being on a team if they are not continuing to play in college or in the future.
“I will miss the camaraderie with the boys and the traditions that we had, especially at home field and just being able to play soccer for a team because I most likely won't be playing in college,” Pumphrey said.