Girls Basketball Seniors Take Down Blue Earth Area for the Last Time
Class of 2020 Seniors Defeat Blue Earth Area for the New Ulm Girls' Basketball Senior Night
February 4, 2020
Senior Night is a tradition at New Ulm High School. Every year we recognize the seniors that won’t be back next season. The class of 2020 is the first class to go fully through the new high school in New Ulm, and this is their Senior Night. The New Ulm Girls Basketball team faced Blue Earth Area on Thursday, January 30, for the annual Senior Night. The players recognized were Nora Windschill (center), Olivia Wick (center), Hannah Osborne (guard), Noelle Forstner (forward), Sarah Runck (center), and Bethany Janssen (manager). Senior Night is usually set up by the juniors of the team, but with a lack of juniors, the sophomores and freshmen of the team had to step up for this year.
Miranda Suess (sophomore), Kirsten Dennis (sophomore), and Bryn Nesvold (freshman) headed the 2020 Senior Night. They had a lot of fun planning and getting gifts for the seniors. It is a long process, but the younger members of the team managed to get everything done and ready for the big Night without error. When asked about how they figured out what to get the seniors, sophomore Miranda Suess said, “We just knew what we wanted to get them. We thought about what hasn’t been done, and it’s something you can bring with you wherever you go.” Each senior got a set of gifts, including a basketball with their picture on it, a hand-made tie-pillow, and a gift basket with candy, gum, and a Gatorade.
Senior Night is a fun, yet hard Night for a lot of people. Head coach Brian Batt said this about senior Night: “I don’t like senior Night because the girls have worked hard to become the players they are, and the coaches have worked hard, and it’s sad to see them go and starting to move on. It’s just one more thing that’s about to be over. There’s another chapter ahead, but it’s hard to see them leave, but I’m very happy for them. They deserve it. Win or lose I’m still proud of all the work and effort they put in.” This was a hard senior night for the head coach because, “They were the last C Squad team I coached, and they were a fun, hardworking group to coach, they still are, but it was a lot of fun to work in that small little gym. We had a lot of good competitive games that year, and that’s the first thing I think about when I think about this senior group.” He has been proud of the senior’s hard work throughout the years, and this has left an imprint on the younger players too. “It will be hard to lose the seniors,” sophomore starting guard Kirsten Dennis said. Freshman forward Bryn Nesvold said, “We are definitely going to miss the seniors so much.
The seniors had a big night, though. Besides the Night taking an emotional toll on the seniors, they took a big win against the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers. New Ulm took the win 71-47. When asked how it felt to win on Senior Night, the 2020 Girls Basketball seniors said, “[winning feels] amazing!”
When asked if he had anything else to say about the 2020 seniors, head coach Brian Batt had one more thing to say: “The way they came together as a group against Mankato East, that was a thought team, and they played as a group very well and lead us to the victory, I’ve always liked the way Hannah plays, she’s always on the floor getting balls and never quits. It’s been fun watching Nora play; she’s working at shooting more. They’ve taken on the leadership role that seniors are supposed to very well. Bethany is going to be dearly missed. All of the things behind the scenes that she takes care of. It’s been fun to watch them mature from little 9th graders to senior leader young adults.”
The 2020 seniors of New Ulm Girls Basketball will be missed in many ways, but they all are looking for a strong finish to the season and looking forward to a new chapter in their lives.