AT boys basketball team hosts Staff Appreciation Night; Junior recognized for 1,000-point scoring milestone

Bazant among honorees
Even Santa got into the spirit of things when the Addison Trail boys basketball team held its Staff Appreciation Night. Coming down the line is AT social studies teacher Chris Bazant who was nominated by junior Dominic Renc to be among those recognized at the annual event.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Addison Trail boys basketball team hosted its annual Staff Appreciation Night.

During the event, each varsity student-athlete recognized and thanked a staff member who has made a positive difference in their life and played a role in shaping them into who they are today. Each honoree was presented with a certificate that included a message from the player who nominated him or her.

    Following are the student athletes with their honoree’s name and department: junior Alexander Manriquez honored LeVonne Cescolini-Boyer of the social studies department; junior Aryan Patel, Aaron Jackson, science; junior Luke Smith, James Ziebka, reading; senior Arturo Quiroga Jr., Colleen Kane, math; junior Isaiah Cortes, Dan Styler, social studies; junior Casey Carlson, Michael Kennedy, special education; senior James Cahill Jr., Nicholas Pingel, science; junior Dominic Renc, Chris Bazant, social studies; junior Matt Garcia, Jeff Laschinski, CTE; senior Michael Morales, Cory Little, girls head basketball coach; junior Roberto Rizo Mut, Jessica Clark, English; junior Maximillian Sobus, Ryan Peronto, social studies; senior Cesar Alvarez Herrera, Mike Rosengrant, physical education; junior Mario Rodriguez Jr., Bianca Neff, social studies; junior Malik Barry, Annette Severino, special education.

Junior Smith honored for scoring milestone

The team also recognized junior Luke Smith for reaching the 1,000-point scoring milestone. Smith accomplished this feat on Nov. 29 with a 3-point basket during Addison Trail’s game against St. Charles East. He has been on the varsity team since his freshman year and completed this accomplishment in 59 varsity games. To honor Smith’s success, boys basketball team head coach Brendan Lyons presented him with a commemorative basketball.

“Smith excels at all aspects of the game,” Lyons said. “He distributes the basketball, rebounds the basketball and is a tenacious defender. His passion for the game is evident, but he also is as humble of a player as any you’ll come across. He has definitely earned the respect of his coaches and teammates.”