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Winter Sports Wrap-up

By: Gavin Dissinger and Jesse Delousia/Junior Writers

Blue Ridge offers a wide range of winter sports of which students can participate. Winter sports at Blue Ridge include boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling. COVID-19 had an influence on all of these sports. All of the competitors were required to wear masks and follow the COVID-19 rules.

Photo Credits: Sands Sports Photography

Varsity Boys basketball ended this season with a 7-5 record. The leading scorer for the boys was freshman Connor Cranage who ended the season with 181 points. The girls basketball team finished with a 2-10 record for this season. Sophomore Lilly Bleck was the leading scorer with 92 points.

Freshman Connor Cranage stated, “My favorite memory was our last game against Old Forge. Even though we lost we created a family and brotherhood. I’m looking forward to getting better personally and hopefully doing better in our district playoffs next year”. Cranage added another favorite memory was when he scored 28 points in a game against Montrose. 

Sophomore Lilly Bleck mentioned that her favorite memory was winning the home game against Forest City game, and the Mountain View game on their senior night. She adds, “I am looking forward to having a few of the incoming freshman come up”.

Photo taken By: Samantha Allen

Onto the next sport, the cheerleaders were still able to complete a season, but they were unable to travel to away games. When the games were played at home, the cheerleaders were able to cheer for the parents in the auditorium as they watched the game. They were also able to perform their dance routine in the gym for the parents at halftime, which was live streamed.

Senior Carissa Zawiski was the cheer team captain and she says, “This season began with very few practices, a large number of new girls wanting to cheer, and girls being quarantined. Regardless of what happened, the girls never stopped fighting for their season and gave it their all. Because of my coach, my squad, and all we were able to achieve this year, it was by far my favorite season. Go check out some of our cheers and dance routine on Facebook or Blue Ridge Athletics on YouTube.”

Wrestling this year has changed a lot. New rules due to COVID-19 have impacted the sport drastically. The schedule did not always go on track, but they found a way to overcome.

The wrestling team’s freshman Luke Shea claimed that his favorite memory from this year was heading to districts at the Mohegan Sun Arena. He would like to thank his coaches Tim Esposito and Chad Crawford for a fun season.


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