Morgan Kienzle

Andrew Nycum, shown with his father Jeff and mother Susan at football Senior Night, is coming back out for basketball this year.

Tighe Eaken Jr., Staff Writer

Senior Andrew Nycum is returning to play basketball this year for the Blue Devils.

The football season didn’t end the way he wanted it to, with B-A losing in the first round of the playoffs, but Andrew was still happy with himself and his teammates for performing well and winning the ICC Gold division.

“The year didn’t finish out how we would’ve liked it, but I had a blast and made new friends and memories, and I am happy with how we performed this year, despite all of the hardships we had to fight through,” he said.

Andrew has not fully decided yet whether he wants to continue his football career at the next level, but has been happy with how the recruitment process has been treating him.

“It’s been going pretty good, with having multiple colleges interested in me,” Andrew said.

Andrew decided to come back to play basketball his senior year because he missed playing with his friends and using his size to allow the team to get an advantage over their opponents.

“I came back to play basketball because I missed being out on the court with my friends,” he said. “I missed setting blind screens and blocking shots as well. I just really missed basketball and can’t wait to get back out there.”

Andrew played from 1st grade to 9th grade, and then took a break until now, his senior season.

“The biggest change I’ve noticed since coming back is how good the competition is, how complex the plays are, much bigger opponents, and a lot more conditioning.”

Under new coach Tyler Mertiff, the boys basketball team opens its season December 7 away against Cambria Heights.