By James Evans
The South Hunterdon seniors led the Eagles to a 76-34 win over the Belvidere County Seeders on Thursday night to improve to 17-6 on the season. With all four seniors shining brightly on the night that honored them, South’s evening was keyed by so many great moments, both on and off the court.
Here at South Hunterdon, Senior Night takes on two different forms. For one, the senior athletes are honored, with Devon Troutman, Jake Whitaker, Daniel Begg and John Conlon all being celebrated before the contest.
However, Senior Night also takes time to honor the senior citizens who support the basketball team and the community so greatly. One of the most special moments from the night was the moment of silence held for one of these avid senior citizens who unfortunately passed away this past week.
Jason Fuhr, a visitor at almost every event South has to offer, from athletics to clubs, was honored with a moment of silence, which culminated in his signature root beer barrel hard candies being tossed onto the court in his honor. Troutman said postgame, “Having seen Jason a lot from football and basketball the past few years, it was awesome to have honored him tonight. As cliche as it may sound, this game was for him.”
Troutman, who had 10 points in the contest, played well in the night’s rout over the County Seeders. Altogether, the four senior combined for 31 points and 19 rebounds on the night, playing limited minutes in the blowout win. Postgame, center Conlon (eight points, nine rebounds) talked about the emotions of the night: “It felt great coming out tonight to play a great game for such a great fan. Getting the win at home with all the emotion made it that much sweeter.”
Yet, emotions aside, the South Hunterdon Eagles are on pace for their second 20-win season in the past three years, with two regular season games left against North Plainfield on Saturday and Bound Brook on Tuesday. Whitaker, who had nine points, six rebounds and seven assists on the night, spoke of the potential for the 20-win season, saying, “I know that we can make a deep state run after getting these last two regular season games. We just have to start preparing.”
This Saturday, the Eagles will go for win No. 18 on the road, which Begg (four points, two rebounds on the night) said “is a must win game to ready ourselves before states.” With a tough game looming this Tuesday against archrival Bound Brook, the Eagles are in full focus mode for the season’s final stretch.