Tradition Doesn't Graduate

Forever our #5

 


Our coaching staff met Jon as a seventh grader the year the schools were split (02-03). He was one of the first to come up through our program as a "true West player" (attending West from 7th-12th grade). To say the least, he was a very talented and skilled player at a young age. For those of you who knew him at that time, you'd know that he was also very talented at giving Coach Williams fits. He did well as a youngster and developed a loyalty to our program and a strong sense of the "west pride" that the coaching staff instills in our players at an early age.
 
He had a solid freshman season and wound up on the junior varsity team as a sophomore only due to the fact that we were very senior heavy at the guard spot that season. He patiently waited his turn and in the 2006-07 season,
as a junior, he helped our team go undefeated in the league and win its second Mountain Valley Conference championship in three years. He also happened to be named the MVC's Most Valuable Player in only his first season playing varsity basketball.

Jon somehow managed to top that as a senior. He helped West go undefeated in the league once again and win back-to-back MVC championships. We also went to the District XI championship game for the first time in the school's brief history and won the first state playoff game in Pocono Mountain School District history. On top of all that, the MVC coaches voted Jon the first ever back-to-back league MVP, he was chosen as a member of The Morning Call all-district XI team, and voted a member of WNEP's all-area team. During that season, he also set what was then school records for free throws made (127) and assists (120).

Anyone who watched Jon play could tell that he was the consummate team player who made everyone around him better and did a little of everything on the court. He was a true "gamer." When those lights flicked on he always shined like a star.

Jon's tragic and untimely death on August 14th, 2008 left every coach and player in our program in utter shock, disbelief, and filled with sadness. It still hasn't fully sunk in that he's no longer with us. We think about him every day and whole-heartedly believe that he stands with us, wearing his number five jersey, everytime we take the court.

We love you Jon, miss you dearly, and your memory will live forever in our hearts.

You will always be our #5


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