To My Basketball Seniors: Thank You


Sam Jezak

Featuring Ava Uhrich, Jade Ramirez, Skylar Chui, Chlea Facelo, and Niki Taradash

Jolyn Ding, Sports Writer

If you asked me what I envisioned at the beginning of the basketball season, my response would not have aligned with the results. Regardless, I can confidently say that I enjoyed every second of it.

 I formed unbreakable bonds with my teammates, and I experienced what it feels like to be a part of a true sisterhood. With that said, none of this would’ve been possible without our five amazing seniors. You know who you are. Thank you for making this season worthwhile.


It’s difficult to put into words just how large of an impact you’ve had on me. From the first Sunday we shot at Fabian to the last time we stepped on the court together, our relationship grew tremendously, and I think that can be attributed to the amount of time we spent in the gym. Whether we were working out with Kiki, shooting on the machine, or doing dribble moves, we always stuck together. Even amidst the highest of highs and lowest of lows, our relationship was the one thing the both of us could lean on, so thank you for that. I wish you the best of luck with your recovery, and I know that you’ll do amazing things at San Marcos.


The first time I saw you play was way back in third grade, and I remember being mesmerized by the fluidity of your jump shot. Flash forward seven years, and we’re both attending the same school. One of my fondest memories from this season was our conversation on the Murphy Patio. We discussed matchups, game plans, and how we were going to beat Oakland Tech. Even though we fell short of our ultimate goal, that moment reminded me of your wisdom, tremendous understanding of the game, and calming presence. You always knew what to say and when to say it, and through it all, you were able to hold each and every one of us accountable on the court. Thank you for showing me how big of an impact someone can have even if they aren’t playing.


Ever since fourth grade or so, I’ve always admired how you carry yourself on and off the court. You’re just an awesome teammate and an even better person. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help us this season. Although you might not be aware of the positivity you brought to our team, everyone within the locker room definitely recognized it. With that said, I wish you the best at Boston University!


When I met you at the end of my third grade year, I had no idea we would be future high school teammates. Although we didn’t get to play together all that much, I’m super thankful for the time we did get together, even if that wasn’t on the court. You embodied what it meant to be a Pinewood player — you were coachable, gave your full effort at all times, and played with an undeniable sense of joy. Still, what I’ll remember most about you is your fun-loving, effervescent personality and your knee-slapping sense of humor (you’re welcome). Over these past two years, you’ve truly blossomed into an incredible individual who I know I can always count on. Best of luck in your future endeavors and know that I’ll always be here to support you.


You’re a Pinewood legend. Plain and simple. It’s so easy for me, and everyone else, to acknowledge this because in just one year, you’ve left such a huge imprint on our basketball program and everyone you’ve come in contact with. Your carefree, easy going personality off the court contrasts sharply with your ferocious, unrelenting attitude on the court, and that’s why you are who you are. Next year, I’ll miss your goofiness, our random laughing fits, and  looking at each other and saying we’re gassed two minutes into the first quarter. Most of all, I’ll miss the conversations we would share after a challenging game and the optimism that we had even when adversity struck. Now, go kick some butt at Southern Utah next year. I’ll be tuning in.

Upon reflection, I feel immense gratitude for this entire season, and in all honesty, I couldn’t have imagined going through this journey with any other group of seniors. All I can say now is thank you. Thank you for your guidance, dedication, and positivity. I’m eager to see what you all accomplish in the coming years, and best believe, I’ll be cheering you on from afar.