Last athletic game ever played inside Clay High School Friday

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The next few months will be a season of lasts for Clay High School; last prom, last graduation, but Friday night was the athletic game to ever be played inside the high school.

The men’s basketball team beat New Prairie 70-38 for what was the historic final game on the Colonial’s court.

The final buzzer brought waves of emotion over a sea of yellow and purple at the Clay High School gymnasium.

“We tried to pack the gym one final time to send the school off in a good way,” says David Giles, sports announcer at Clay.

Giles is a Clay graduate that has been the voice of Clay High School athletics for the past eight years.

He says it was more than just a basketball game for the fans.

“The message I’ve been relaying to everyone is to just remain a family, stay connected afterwards,” Giles says.

The Colonials of past and present did just that. 

Before tip-off, there were long-time reunions, sharing old stories from high school, flipping through the school’s history, and walking through the halls of their alma mater while they still can. 

The championship team of 1994, led by Coach Tom DeBaets, joining dozens of decades of alum on the court at halftime for a special recognition. 

Although it was the final team to wear the Colonials jersey and play on the home court, it was a historic moment that they will all remember first when they think about their last time in the high school. 

“That’s what I’m going to miss the most, that family connection,” says Giles.

While it was the team’s last game on their home court, they still do have a few more away games to wrap up the season. Their next game is next Friday at LaPorte High School. 

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