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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Defend the Den Returns, Spotlights New, Old Rivalries

Students provide energetic environment
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Camila Pardo
Lester Batiste and the faculty challenged seniors at the faculty-senior basketball game in front of a captivated audience.

Defend the Den was a tightly fought game on Saturday, May 4, between Boys’ Lacrosse and Providence, where the Bears barely pulled through with a win by one point. 

Throughout the week leading up to the event, there were festivities, including a donut truck, a Mario Kart competition, and, what seemed to be the largest attraction, a basketball game between the seniors and faculty, where the seniors led 14-2 at the half, and the game finished at 23-16 after the faculty fought back, but could not steal the win in the second half. 

Sarah Warren, an integral part of the planning process, described that, “there was a lot of work done last fall to make the event more inclusive and bigger this year, and I think that was really successful.” Part of that process was “Intentional reach outs to groups to get people involved and make it an event that wasn’t just a lacrosse game.” 

Different in the planning for her was that “Forum really stepped in to think how can we make this an event that still includes people.” 

On the subject of energy, Warren described, “there were elementary first graders as excited as middle schoolers, as excited as high schoolers, as excited as some adults… and to see that enthusiasm was really exciting.”

According to the announcer for the game, Fifi Tierney ‘24, “Typically, not a lot of people show up [to sports games], but because of Defend the Den, we saw a lot of people show up to support the team, and this created a supportive and energetic environment.” 

For lacrosse player Jackson Gammack ‘24, the most memorable moment of the game was the dramatic last-minute winner.  “It was a relief that we held on and won the game, and everyone was happily celebrating…due to interesting reffing decisions, things were not always going our way, and everyone held on for the win,” Gammack said. 

The man behind the Cyrus costume, Luke Lentini ‘24, enjoyed the energetic environment. “It was amazing to make everyone’s day and make them happy,” Lentini said. “I really enjoyed everyone being so nice to everyone and being so outgoing, and people just vibing.” 

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Ben Aviles, Staff Writer
Hi! I am Ben Aviles and I am a freshman. I thoroughly enjoy writing and am extremely excited to be able to write for Spectrum this year. Other things I enjoy outside of school are soccer, running, and reading.
Camila Pardo
Camila Pardo, News Editor
Hi! My name is Camila, and I am a freshman this year. This is my first semester being an editor and I am looking forward to editing news and diving deeper into different writing styles! When I’m not writing you can find me playing tennis, reading, or at Chipotle!

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