Saturday, March 20, 2010

Averill Parl girls win the 2009-10 New York State Class A Championship!

The Averill Park High School girls basketball team capped a stellar 2009-10 season by defeating Lakeland in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game, 53-46.

It was the first time a Section II girls basketball team had won a state title since the Catholic Central (Class A) and Voorheesville (C) teams won in 2001-02.

Our Ryan Kircher was there and you can read his full story and see the pictures in Sunday's edition of The Record.

Here were some of the quotes he heard from the participants:

"I'm so proud of my kids. They worked so hard and so long for this," Averill Park head coach Sean Organ said. "Sometimes the end of the road was difficult to see. They played unbelievably today. I give a lot of credit to Lakeland, they're a very special team, but our kids we're just so hungry they made big shots and did the little things we needed to do to win this game."

"We knew that if we kept playing our game we'd wear out their legs and then in the end their shots weren't going to fall," Averill Park senior Katie Duma said. "They didn't and our shots did."

The season isn't over for the Averill Park girls, however. The Lady Warriors will play New York City's Class A Public High School Athletic League champion in the Federation Tournament of Champions at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the Federation final against the City's Catholic School champion, St. Anthony of Melville. That game will be played at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Look for more stories and video of the Averill Park girls team this week. Tell me what stories you want to hear about this team and I'll do my best.

Update: Medgar Evars won the PSAL Class A title Saturday night. For a reacap of that game, click here to read a story from the New York Post.

Here's an interesting excerpt from the story:
"Medgar Evers will meet the state public school ‘A’ representative in the New York State Federation Class A semifinals Friday at Glens Falls Civic Center. (Evers head coach Barney) Davis already said that he’s going to start five seniors in that game and the trip is for fun more than anything. The real accolade has already been achieved."

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