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Johnson Crusaders Boys Varsity Basketball Recognizes Seniors In Pre-game Ceremony

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Ray Williamson and Brendan Stanzione pictured with senior managers Lorraine Brites and Alexa DePinho before the conclusion of the Johnson Crusaders Boys Varsity Basketball Senior Night ceremony. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Senior Ray Williamson pictured with his parents during the Senior Night ceremony prior to the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders' game against the Jonathan Dayton High School Bulldogs. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Senior Brendan Stanzione pictured with his parents and older sister, Natalie, in the Johnson Crusaders Boys Varsity Basketball Senior Night ceremony. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Another set of posters were hanging on another part of the wall, with the team picture on there. Head coach David Kennedy says Williamson and Stanzione have grown and excelled in their careers. Credits: Daniel Collins
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Posters for Ray Williamson and Brendan Stanzione hang on a wall near one of the baskets in the gym prior to the Senior Night ceremony on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Credits: Daniel Collins
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CLARK, NJ-  The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders held their Senior Night ceremony prior to their boys basketball game against the Jonathan Dayton (Springfield) High School Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

Senior players Ray Williamson and Brendan Stanzione, along with senior managers Lorraine Brites and Alexa DePinho, were recognized for their hard work with the program over the past four years.

Both players took time for a picture with their families, as banners hung near one basket in the gym. The athletes reflected upon their high school basketball careers, especially this final season.  The Crusaders currently hold a 14-1 record on the season and a conference championship for the second consecutive season.

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  • “It’s pretty awesome considering, we used to be like 2-18 and now we’re winning games. We’ve had only one loss this year, so it’s really amazing to see the transformation.”-Ray Williamson
  • “It’s been great. Coach Kennedy has showed me everything and so much along the way, so it’s been amazing.” -Brendan Stanzione

Team managers Brites and DePinho have tracked the team's improvement play-by-play and player-by-player over the last several years. As team statisticians, they had an insider's look at the teams' early struggles and transformation into a varsity powerhouse in 2017. 

  • “It’s really exciting to see them come this far. We’ve [Alexa and I] been doing this since our freshman year, varsity since sophomore year and seeing them play so well and seeing them develop into great players and really great people.” -Lorraine Brites
  • “Our sophomore year, they weren’t as good as a team as they are this year. They've come together more as a team and you can truly see it.” -Alexa DePinho

Johnson head coach Dave Kennedy praised Williamson and Stanzione for their dedication and work ethic during their time with the program. 

“They’ve been part of some of the tougher times and they’ve grown with the program,” Kennedy said. “They’ve improved each and every year and that’s a credit to their work ethic. They’re also getting the job done in the classroom. All around, it’s a win-win for us.”

The Johnson Crusaders went on to defeat the Jonathan Dayton (Springfield) High School Bulldogs by a final score of 68-48.

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