It is no secret that Andrews University Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball teams have had a very exciting season. The teams played each game with heart, and even more excitement and heart was given for senior night. On Feb. 25, the Andrews University Cardinals played the Eagles from Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa.
The women’s Cardinals game at 7:30 p.m. brought a great hustle from team members. While the ladies unfortunately did not win, there was no short of effort, passion and teamwork displayed. The ladies finished with a score of 83-44.
Following the girl’s game, the men’s Cardinals suited up in preparation to play the men’s team from Emmaus Bible College. Coach David Jardine started off the game mentioning the four seniors on the team, Robert Moon (senior, accounting), Zachary Mottley (senior, computing) Kristopher Owens (senior, information systems), and San Laouna (senior, international business). With this great starting four, as well as Nicholas Little (junior, pre-physical therapy), the men’s Cardinals were scoring in no time. By the time the first half of the game came to an end, the Cardinals were in the lead. Traditionally, senior night recognition would happen during the halftime of the men’s game, but this year was different.
On Feb. 3, Moon lost his father, Robert Moon III. In honor of Moon III, during halftime a slideshow was played for those in attendance, remembering Moon III as a leader, a role model and a consistent source of support for the men’s Cardinals. At the conclusion of the slideshow, the Cardinals stood, and lined up, each offering up a rose to the wife of the late Robert Moon III, Annette Moon.
As each member of the team presented Mrs. Moon with a rose, the crowd grew silent, then roared with applause seeing the support and love being shown to the Moon family. When the team finished presenting Mrs. Moon with the roses, she too had something for the team. Each member of the team was given a whistle, encouraging them to be coaches and leaders in another’s life.
With spirits high, the boys charged back onto the court and continued to play a great game, and in no time they were scoring again. The boys blew out Emmaus Bible College with a score of 91-46. After the game, both Jardine and Coach Kevin Wooldridge had the opportunity to acknowledge their seniors. This school year, the women’s Cardinals coaches also honored Mindy McLarty (Master of Biology, first year), who played her last game as a Cardinal this past Saturday night. McLarty was given flowers and was presented with a few words of tribute.
Each senior on both the men and women’s Cardinals played with heart and dedication for senior night. We are sad to see these players go, but wish them great success in their next steps in life.