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Heavy Hearted Eagles Fall to Quince Orchard

The Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles boys basketball team had a difficult game against Quince Orchard on Saturday morning. Although the Eagles were riding a five-game win streak, the task of playing one of the elite teams in the County with zero practice due schools being closed all week was daunting enough. Add to that the addition of the heavy hearts due to the loss of one a member of the Seneca Valley basketball family and that task became too much.

On Thursday the Seneca Valley basketball community was stunned by the news of the death of James Humphrey, the team’s scorekeeper and father of Seneca Head Coach Brian Humphrey.

The game was moved to Saturday morning because of the snowstorm and the Eagles seemed out of sorts most of the game. Quince Orchard came into the Seneca gym tied for the best record in the county at 11-2 while the 9-3 Eagles were hoping to show the County that they could hang with one of the top teams.

After a moment of silence to honor James Humphrey, the Eagles took to the floor but without their coach, who instead chose to honor his father by keeping the book, and left the coaching to his assistants.

Seneca Valley Athletic Director Jesse Irvin said, “We were surprised he came to the game. He didn’t want to coach the game; he wanted to do the book. His father kept the book for us for the last two seasons and also did it at Damascus for eight years when Coach Humphrey was an assistant there. Coach wanted to honor his father by doing the book.”

But on this Saturday, the Eagles could not fly and fell t