February 19, 20018 – The Excelsior Springs Tigers boys basketball and basketball cheerleaders honored their seniors before tipoff against Grain Valley Eagles on Feb. 16. Basketball seniors included Danton Allen, Dalton Allen, Nick Butler, Alex Courson, Landon Seely, Peyton Soria and Chris Whitemore. Bethany Aldrich, Ashley Blackwell, Kebron Fantaye, Chioma Onuwa, Maria Perez, McKayla Simmons and Mae Wright made up the Tiger cheerleaders.
The seniors on the team have been in the basketball program for all four years of their high school career. Each have different plans for after graduation, though. Both Danton and Dalton Allen are undecided on which college they plan to attend. Butler and Whitmore plan to attend State Technical and learn to be CAT dealer service technicians. Courson plans to attend Kansas State University and major in engineering. Seely, although undecided in which school to attend, plans to major in pre-dentistry and play football. Soria is undecided, as well, but plans to play basketball at the college level.
Aldrich is the only senior on the cheer team to have been with the program for four years. She plans to attend the University of Central Missouri and study elementary education. Blackwell plans to go into sports media or sports marketing. Fantaye will return to Norway and complete her last year in high school before studying medicine. Onuwa plans to attend Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley to study physical therapy. Perez will return to Spain, where she will study to become a veterinarian. Simmons plans to continue to cheer at Bowling Green State University, with a major in nursing. Wright will attend Southwest Baptist University.