The Campus Community High School athletic program raised its first-ever commemorative banners Sept. 28 to honor the accomplishments of the boys basketball team and golfer Adam Stachecki, as both the team and the golfer qualified for the DIAA state tournament this past year.

The Campus Community High School athletic program celebrated a momentous occasion in the school’s gymnasium Sept. 28 when it raised its first-ever state tournament banners.

The two banners, commemorating state tournament appearances in 2009 by the boys basketball team and golfer Adam Stachecki, were hoisted in a ceremony before the Cougars’ girls volleyball game against Sussex Tech High School.

Athletic director Bob Beron said the unveiling of the tournament banners is the first step in getting people to realize the school’s sports programs are on the rise.

“Having very new programs at our school we’ve really not had a chance to let the community know how good our sports teams are,” Beron said. “So by now, we’re getting some recognition to the players, recognition to the community, recognition to every person that has something to do with what we’re doing at our school.”

He added that the simple hanging of the banners is already pumping up student-athletes to work and get their names hung over the gym.

“Some of our students are saying, ‘Wow, I want my name to be up on that wall,’” Beron said. “So we’re even starting to look at the future.”

The Cougars basketball team drew a No. 17 seed in last year’s tournament, where they lost to No. 16 Newark High School, but played well enough to almost win.

With as close as the team came to winning, Beron said the bar has been raised for this year.

“I think as an organization, last year, one of our goals was just to make the state tournament, and anything beyond that we didn’t see happening,” he said. “This year we do have an expectation to win that first game and go as far as we need to go to let other schools know that we’re a good school and we have some teams that can play and compete with the bigger teams in the area, and up and down the state.”

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