Seniors play last minutes of the regular season

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Jessica Streich

Senior forward Matthew Tomaneng scores for the Lancers in the first quarter of Friday night’s basketball game against La Costa Canyon. Despite the Lancers’ best effort, they suffered a loss against the highly ranked team with a final score of 60-43.

Senior Night, the night for many to look back on their fond memories of athletics through their high school years, often brings tears and hugs from both players and family members alike.

This past Friday Feb. 21, the boys varsity basketball took on the La Costa Canyon Mavericks for senior night. Seniors walked down a tunnel of cheerleaders with their parents at their side, then greeted by head coach Scott Ogden.  It was an emotional scene for some, as the players took the floor.

“It’s a great feeling to see him playing tonight, he has put in four years into the program,” said Tom Bloomquist, parent of Taylor Bloomquist.”At the same time it’s a little melancholy because just seeing him maybe on the home court for last time.”

No doubt the seniors reminisced of their time at CHS, all the memories and teammates add up over the years. Posters filled the gym with names and numbers of seniors.

“It’s really special moment and I’m trying to savor ever minute of it, its been a great experience” senior Matt Tomaneng said. “I have really bonded with my team over the years and I’m glad to call them my friends.”

The mavericks started the game off quickly with two quick buckets but was then cut down with a three from #11 Logan Casteel and a drive by #12 Matt Tomaneng which took the lead 5-4. However this was the only lead of the night for CHS. The Mavericks pushed the tempo both on the boards and defensive end. Juniors  Brady Twombly and Travis Fuller combined for 40 of LCC’s 60 points. A tough match up for CHS playing the fourth team in Open division.

However the Lancers look to bounce back as they play their first CIF playoff game on Wednesday the 26th at home against the Escondido Cougars who are 19-2 overall and 6-2 in league play. The Lancers are now 17-11 overall and 5-5 in league.

“I feel pretty good about the season so far, we have a winning record and we are tied with our record last year,” Tomaneng said post game.

The Lancers look to keep their season going, as they approach what could possibly be their last home game ever.  With senior leaders Chase Ogden and Sean Deng, the Lancers will need to rise to the challenge of Escondido.

“He has grown more mature on the basketball court and i think he has grown into the love of basketball and really enjoying playing with his buddies,” Bloomquist said about his son.