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2024 Edition of “Holy Cross Hoops”

In the clash of this year’s annual teachers versus students basketball game, 2024 was definitely one to remember. It left spectators on the edge of their seats, as it was one of the closest games in Holy Cross Hoops history. 

From the opening tip-off, the students wasted no time asserting their dominance with Luke Rosati’s opening shot. The court lit up with impressive three-pointers courtesy of Tim Lucey (The Dean of Mean) and freshman Max Burns. Sophomore soccer player Reese Gallagher had an amazing steal-turned-layup that left the crowd in awe. However, not without its moments of hilarity, the quarter featured a memorable tumble as IT’s Brady Paul collided with junior Brian Bulgrin, causing a collective gasp. Team FAST (Faculty and Staff Team) was still able to push through and lead, with a score of 20-13 in the first. 

Fuelled by the challenge, the student team came out of the gate refreshed, with sophomore Grady Falkenstein’s steal and layup beginning the second quarter. The game evolved into a laugh-inducing display of shooting theatrics, highlighted by a charge call for senior Ava Petrarca on Jason Horinger. Team FAST led the score at halftime, 31-21. 

Halftime festivities exploded with energy as the Hoban Dance Team (HDT) dazzled the crowd with their dynamic performance. The finale of the rochambeau beaded necklace challenge involved sixteen students participating in rock, paper, scissors. It was narrowed down to seniors Kate Wenzlik and J’Von Lindsey. It was ultimately Wenzlik who won two out of the three rounds and received a $50 Hoban store gift certificate. 

The third quarter erupted into a three-point shootout, with English teacher Ian Adams sinking three for Team FAST, and it was Skylar Schmidt, Brian Bulgrin, and Cartier Williams who showcased their three-point skills. Bulgrin’s celebratory kneel added a touch of flair. The crowd was fired up as the referee and Math teacher Michael MacDonald made a poor judgment call on Schmidt, resulting in a warning to the student section. Nevertheless, the teachers retained their lead at 48-36.

Entering the fourth quarter, the pressure intensified as the game veered into physical territory. With a push from Lindsey on weightlifting coach Maddie Diestel (Diest the Beast) and a swat from lacrosse coach Daniel Clem on junior Alex Hayes, the students battled valiantly to close the gap. However, it was Team FAST that secured the win, with a close score of 58-54.

The Holy Cross Hoops game was a testament to the determination and passion of both teams, captivating students and staff alike. While the teachers emerged triumphant this year – the students are gearing up for a comeback next year. So, Knights, prepare yourselves for the next Holy Cross Hoops showdown as the students aim to turn the tables and reclaim glory in an eagerly anticipated match!


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