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Celebrating seven boys basketball seniors

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Hunter Stone leads the varsity team in their mid-court huddle

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone leads the varsity team in their mid-court huddle before the start of the game on Thursday for senior night. The every-game ritual kicks off the game with a chant with the whole team before the starters take the floor.

Buffalo High School celebrated senior night for seven varsity boys basketball players before the start of their game against Thermopolis on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. All seven seniors play varsity: Kollen Milmine, Coy Johnson, Hyrum Hatch, Hunter Stone, Taylor Swanston, Colby Bessler and Calvin Rule, and five took the floor to start the senior game. The Bison decided to put all seven seniors on the court together, taking the technical foul in order to get them all together one last time on their home court. Buffalo won 88-56 over Thermopolis to win their final regular season game. 

Colby Bessler laughs after teammate Coy Johnson got up at the wrong time

Buffalo High School senior Colby Bessler laughs after teammate Coy Johnson got up off the bench at the wrong time on Thursday on senior night. Five seniors started the senior night game, leaving only the two who volunteered not to start.

Kollen Milmine jumps and shoots in the first quarter against Thermopolis

Buffalo High School senior Kollen Milmine jumps and shoots in the first quarter against Thermopolis on Thursday on senior night. Milmine is one of seven seniors on this years boy’s varsity team.

Hunter Stone takes a 2-point shot from under the basket

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone takes a 2-point shot from under the basket on Thursday on senior night. Stone finished the game with 11 scored points.

Coy Johnson pushes through a Newcastle defender before shooting

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson pushes through a Newcastle defender before shooting for two on Thursday on senior night. Coy was Buffalo’s second highest scorer with 16 points against Thermopolis.

Hyrum Hatch attempts two during the first quarter

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch attempts two during the first quarter on Thursday on senior night. Everyone on the roster played in Thursday’s game.

Eli Patterson rushes down court in a breakaway run to the basket

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson rushes down court in a breakaway run to the basket on Thursday on senior night. Patterson finished the game with 11 points.

Tanner Hart laughs after Buffalo scored again in the first quarter

Buffalo High School head coach Tanner Hart laughs after Buffalo scored again in the first quarter on Thursday on senior night. Buffalo finished the first quarter up 27-8.

Colby Bessler drops for a 3-point shot during the second quarter

Buffalo High School senior Colby Bessler drops for a 3-point shot during the second quarter against Newcastle on Thursday. Bessler was hot from outside the 3-point line, scoring all 21 of his points from the line.

Calvin Rule scores on a lay up

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule scores on a lay up during the second quarter on Thursday on senior night. Calvin finished the game with 10 points.

Taylor Swanston scans for a teammate as he dribbles toward the basket

Buffalo High School senior Taylor Swanston scans for a teammate as he dribbles toward the basket on Thursday on senior night.

Hunter Stone dives to steal the ball away

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone dives to steal the ball away from Thermopolis on Thursday on senior night.

Buffalo huddles in the locker room to talk about communication

Buffalo huddles in the locker room to talk about communication and other things to work on in the second half on Thursday.

Taylor Swanston looks up at the white board

Buffalo High School senior Taylor Swanston looks up at the white board from the locker room floor on Thursday on senior night. Buffalo finished the first half up 52-29.

Buffalo’s varsity team spread around under the basket

Buffalo’s varsity team spread around under the basket while shooting around to warm up for the second half on Thursday on senior night. Everyone on the roster played in the second half.

Nathan Killian pulls the ball away

Buffalo High School junior Nathan Killian pulls the ball away before attempting a shot in the fourth quarter on Thursday on senior night. Killian finished with five points - all scored in the fourth quarter.

Jackson Moon shoots for three

Buffalo High School junior Jackson Moon shoots for three on Thursday on senior night. The younger players were given play time near the end of the game.

Nathan Killian jumps for a layup

Buffalo High School junior Nathan Killian jumps for a layup on Thursday.

Coy Johnson, Hyrum Hatch, Eli Patterson, Taylor Swanston, Hunter Stone and Calvin Rule

From left, Coy Johnson, Hyrum Hatch, Eli Patterson, Taylor Swanston, Hunter Stone and Calvin Rule pose from the bench during the fourth quarter against Thermopolis on Thursday on senior night.

All seven of Buffalo’s seniors were checked into the game

All seven of Buffalo’s seniors were checked into the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter on Thursday on senior night. Buffalo took the technical foul so that all of the seniors could stand together on the court one final time during the senior game.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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