Those lucky enough to find a seat inside the gymnasium at Schreiber High School on the evening of Friday, Feb. 13, saw something they might never forget, if they get graced to live in Port Washington for another hundred years.
The spectacle taking place on the hardwood floor was more than just a first round Class AA playoff game for the Schreiber High School boys varsity basketball team against Carey High School. From opening tip-off to the closing buzzer, which signified a victory for the Port Washington Vikings by the score of 59-47, the material for the memory lasted 55 minutes, but will be talked about for decades.
The far left-hand corner of the gymnasium - like every other corner - was filled to capacity. But, in that left hand corner, you saw America's next generation and you were filled with hope, much more than some are about the current generation of elders. There they were - Schreiber High School students wearing white shirts, some with blue and white painted faces, and cheering in an orderly fashion throughout the game. Their voices were loud and you heard it as one sound as they supported and encouraged their classmates on the varnished hardwood floor. The contingent filling the student section recognized the hard work of those who brought home the victory for the Vikings. They cheered when their contemporaries dived for loose balls, threw their bodies in the direction of airborne passes and drove to the basket with controlled recklessness. They even cheered when one Viking picked up another Viking who had fallen to the ground. The collective cheering was matched by the other players on the team sitting on the hardwood bench alongside Coach Sean Dooley and his assistants.
The final buzzer brought the Port Washington Vikings rushing to the center of the court with smiles on their faces, hand slapping and chest bumping. The sound of the buzzer also had husbands, wives and neighbors looking at each other with feelings of joy that stays in the heart no matter where the Dow Jones Index finishes.