Video by 7th grade student Nathan Stettin
Opening Night at the WAC had been a highly anticipated event and it is safe to say, it delivered on all accounts. A sold-out crowd filled the bleachers and the energy that filled the gymnasium was palpable. After 52 years in the high school gym, Timothy alumni, parents, students, grandparents and long-time supporters were decked out in TC spirit wear to help celebrate the new home of the Trojans.
Alum Randy Huisman opened the festivities with the national anthem before the Lady Trojans took the court first with a decisive win of 56-24 over Chicago Christian. (See Coach Summaries below). Half-time entertainment was provided by the Timothy Dance team. Each person attending the game was given a souvenir towel which were waving quite proudly throughout during both games.
Throughout the evening, patrons enjoyed Giordano’s pizza, Southtown Chicago Style hot dogs and usual game fare, served by energetic volunteers. The crowd even christened the WAC by doing “The Wave!” The Red Zone was in fine form, decked out in “Pack the WAC” shirts and leading the crowds in enthusiastic support.
Between games, the renown Jesse Tumblers astounded the crowd with their gymnastic skills, leaping and flipping high into the air. It really was something to see and the audience encouraged the performers with their cheers and applause.
Although they were a tough act to follow, our boys were up to the challenge and crowd roared in appreciation as they took the court for warm-ups. Cheer & TC Dance led everyone in the TC Fight Song. Mr. Jim Cornelison, the Chicago Blackhawks’ official national anthem singer, filled the gym with his rich, baritone voice performing the “Star Spangled Banner.” It truly was an epic moment.
Senior Michael Thomas christened the WAC for the boy’s basketball program by hitting a 3 from the right corner on the Trojans 2nd possession of the game and we were off! Half-time the crowd enjoyed a performance by the Timothy Cheerleaders and everyone relaxed with a 32-21 lead.
However, opponent Chicago Christian was not done and the game ended with a nail-biter that resulted in a 60-57 Trojan win. (See Coach Summary below for full details.)
All in all, it was an amazing night that won’t be forgotten! Thanks to all who came to celebrate this historical event with us!
Friday night the Lady Trojans had the distinct honor to open the WAC, being the first basketball team to play. on this beautiful court. Nerves where high but the girts came prepared. Our game plan was to push the tempo and go after them defensively as we had our full team back on the court.
After a slow Start, Jordyn Strube was the first player to score as she received a wonderful pass from Sureya Alex for a layup, then the game got exciting. The girls never looked back and went on to win the game by a score of 56-24. Great defense, patience on offense lead to a solid Conference win. All 9 girls scored in the contest. Jordyn Strube lead the scoring with 12 points, 8 assists and 6 blocks. Olivia Schuringa added 10 and Emily DeBoer put in 9 points and 6 rebounds.
What a great night celebrating with family and friends!
It was an exciting week for the Trojans leading up to the home opener for the season against long-time rival Chicago Christian in the first basketball games in the brand new Ward Athletic Center. The team worked hard all week to prepare for this moment and they did not disappoint on Friday night!
After the exciting performance of the Jesse White Tumblers and ear-rattling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Jim Cornelison it was finally time to play basketball, and the guys came out firing on all cylinders. Senior Michael Thomas christened the WAC for the boy’s basketball program by hitting a 3 from the right corner on the Trojans 2nd possession of the game, and from that moment the Trojans got hot, making 7 of their first 8 shots of the game including another 3 by Thomas and a 3 by senior Nick Huisman. Before the Knights of Chicago Christian scored, the Trojans had built up a 13-0 lead and had the WAC rocking!
The Trojans continued their strong play throughout the first half, maintaining a double digit lead by sharing the basketball and playing stellar team defense to slow down Chicago Christian’s two best players, led by outstanding efforts by Justin Baez, Michael Thomas, Michael Martens, and Chris Brooks. The Trojans went into halftime with a 32-21 halftime lead, led by Michael Thomas’s 16 first half-points.
The 2nd half began with a strong surge from Chicago Christian as they made 4 straight 3-pointers to get themselves back in the game. The Trojans, however, were not fazed and continued to play unselfish basketball and did not allow the the Knights to ever take the lead.
The game remained tight into the final minute of the game, as the Trojans saw themselves up 58-57 with 7.2 seconds left in the game, needing to get one more defensive stop to secure the victory. With the Knights taking the ball out of bounds underneath their own basket, senior Ty Merrick rose to the occasion, literally, by leaping up in the air to steal the Knights inbound pass, and was quickly fouled by Chicago Christian. Ty stepped to the free throw line with 5.7 seconds left and calmly swished home both free throws to put the Trojans ahead 60-57. The Knights last second 3 point attempt came up short, and the Trojans were victorious, sending the sellout crowd home happy!
The strong team effort was highlighted by Michael Thomas’s 22 points, Brandon Orange’s 14 points and 11 rebounds, Ty Merrick’s 6 points 8 assists, and Nick Huismans 8 points and 5 rebounds. A huge THANK YOU goes out to the entire Timothy community and the Red Zone for the overwhelming support on Friday night and we hope to see you all at another home game soon!
The 4-1 Trojans now head into a big week with 2 conference games; at Elmwood Park on Tuesday night and home against Walther Christian on Saturday night.