By: Sara Wolf
Senior Night took place at the varsity boys’ home basketball game against Preble Shawnee on Tuesday, February 14. Parents escorted their class of 2017 seniors as senior bios were read pre-game. Previous head coach Perry Caldwell was recognized for his 14 years of coaching after the first quarter of the game with a golden eagle statue. Coach Caldwell’s teams were SWBL champions 8 times, 7 of which were consecutive years. Caldwell was applauded and cheered for by all in the gymnasium, which included the roar of the student section chanting, “Perry Caldwell.” Then at halftime, 5 seniors signed to colleges for commitment in their athletic abilities.
Senior cheerleaders Natalie Stein, Madi Weaver, and Shelby Young were recognized first. Natalie Stein is a 15 varsity letter athlete who plans on attending Miami University in the fall. Madi Weaver has cheered Varsity basketball and competition cheer all four years of her high school career. She is deciding between acceptances to Ohio State, Alabama and West Virginia. Shelby Young has been cheering throughout high school and is planning to study business at the University of Cincinnati in the fall.
Among the boys’ basketball seniors were Nathan Cordonnier, Brandon Kowal, Sean Ulrich and Chandler Wren. Nathan Cordonnier was a football team captain this year and hopes to attend UC or OSU. Brandon Kowal hopes to attend UC to study electrical engineering. Sean Ulrich is one of the team captains who plans to attend UC as well. Chandler Wren is playing football at the University of Findlay in the fall. Wrestling senior Sean Caris was also recognized. He has been a part of marching and pep band for all four years of high school. He will attend Wright State then OSU to pursue a degree in veterinary sciences.
Five seniors then signed at halftime, first being Stephanie Dorn to Ohio Northern University to play basketball. Dorn has been a prominent leader on the girls’ team the past two years and was awarded the SWBL Sportsmanship award last year. She is planning to double major in civil engineering and engineering education at ONU.
Next to sign was Raif Foster, who earned 2 varsity letters in golf at BHS. Foster went to districts in 2015, was selected for first team SWBL, had the varsity team’s lowest average, and was team captain all in 2016. He is undecided in his major but will play golf at Madonna University.
Madison Pelfrey earned 4 varsity letters in cross country, and 3 varsity letters in dive and track & field, and 1 varsity letter in competition cheerleading. Girls’ cross country won SWBL twice and went to districts and regionals each year of her career, while just recently placing 6th in state in their 2016 season. Madison was selected for first team SWBL all 4 years. She is committed to run cross country at Morehead University while majoring in nursing.
Alivia Tavernier earned 1 varsity letter for soccer in her high school career, and is committed to play at Ohio Dominican University while she majors in biology.
Chandler Wren earned 3 varsity letters in football and 1 varsity letter in basketball and track & field. Individually, Wren was a football team captain and was selected for first team SWBL in 2016. He has committed to play football at the University of Findlay and will major in business finance.
Unfortunately, senior night ended in a 63-49 loss for the Eagles, but the game was played with heart from beginning to finish. The starters included Sean Ulrich, Nathan Cordonnier, Chandler Wren, Donnie Crouch, and Brandon Kowal, who earned his first points all season and sent Bellbrook fans into erupting cheer. Cordonnier and junior Jack Campbell lead Bellbrook with 14 points each.
The Eagles played their last regular season game on February 21, finishing the season with a record of 6 wins and 16 losses. They play Dunbar in their first tournament game on Friday, February 24, at Trent Arena at 7 pm.