Family, friends and fans all watched on Thursday night as Brookings-Harbor High School administrators called out the names of six seniors involved in girls soccer and volleyball to honor them for their time spent as athletes in a BHHS sports program.
Athletic Director Buell Gonzalez named the three athletes for girls soccer at halftime of their game: Gemma Cowan, Jessica McKee and Mahalee Evans all received flowers, balloons and presents from their loved ones as they basked in the applause of the crowd.
Prior to Thursday night's volleyball game Principal Larry Martindale called Christy Reynolds, Lakota Hatcher and longtime scorekeeper Veronica Hernandez to center net to receive the accolades they deserved.
Girls soccer shuts outSouth Umpqua 6-0
It took 16 minutes for them to get started, but once the flood gates opened Lady Bruins rode the scoring wave all the way to victory.
Jade Heredia was the first Bruin to score; followed by Hannah Baron just two minutes later.
Heredia scored again in the 33rd minute, but an offside call by one of the assistant referees negated the goal and the Bruins went into halftime up by just two goals.
Karlie Gonzalez opened the second half with a goal to make the game 3-0 in favor of the Bruins.
Brenna Clarke took a hard shot shortly after the Gonzalez goal that bounced off the cross bar before being collected by Addie Fitzgerald and put in the goal.
Heredia scored her second goal of the game to make it 5-0 before Addie Fitzgerald took a perfect pass from Jessica McKee and put it in the goal for her second score of the game.
While the Bruins claimed victory in the end, they weren't completely satisfied with the way they played.
"We didn't play as a team," Heredia said. "Passing was good but we couldn't finish."
Head Coach Fred Juarez agreed.
"Get rid of the first half and I like it," he said. "We played better in the second half."
The Lady Bruins will play in Sutherlin at 4:30 on Tuesday in a game with playoff implications. If the Bruins win, they seal up second, if they lose, they tie for second and a preset tie-breaking system determines whether they play at home or on the road to make it into the OSAA round-of-16 playoff bracket.
BHHS volleyball losesninth-straight league game
The Brookings-Harbor High School volleyball team won one set, but it wasn't enough as they fell to 0-9 in Far West League (FWL) play with a loss to the Lancers of South Umpqua, 14-25, 25-23, 23-25, 22-25.
"We fought, we didn't give up," Senior Christy Reynolds said. "Everyone had their head in tonight's game and we didn't give up."
Fellow senior Lakota Hatcher agreed.
"Everyone worked hard," she said, "and we played as a team."
While the first game was a lopsided victory for the Lancers, games two, three and four were close all the way to the end with the Bruins barely losing games three and four and eking out the win in game two.
"We didn't make as many mistakes tonight," Head Coach Lori Cooper said. "The girls said it: We played together tonight."
The Bruins travel to Sutherlin on Tuesday for their final FWL game of the season.