TRR photo by Richard A. Ross
Members of Class D Charles G. Finney High School pile on after winning for the second straight year. They were the only team bedecked in green uniforms and won on St. Patrick’s Day. The players dedicated their prior season to fallen teammate Alex Soesters, who died in a fatal bike accident in the summer of ’06.

Basketball

LIVE from Glens Falls

By RICHARD A. ROSS

GLENS FALLS, NY - Frightful weather and horrendous driving conditions were no deterrent to the near-record 27,000 paying ticket holders who streamed through the doors of the Glens Falls Civic Center this past weekend to witness one of the crown jewels of high school sporting events: the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) boys basketball championships.

The second largest crowd in tournament history since its rebirth in 1981 hailed from communities near and far, armed with intense fervor, colorful garb, body paint and deafening vocal support for their teams that had survived the grueling gauntlet of sectional and regional play to participate in the ultimate rite of hardwood passage, the state final four.

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Cross country

SCCC cross country team recognized for academic achievement

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY—The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Generals cross-country team has been recognized for its academic achievement during the 2006 fall season. According to Coach Chad Nykamp, four members of his six-person team received national and regional academic awards for their success in the classroom.

Two team members received the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Coaches Association All Academic honors. To be eligible, a student athlete must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA). The two Generals receiving this honor were Bill Berger from Jeffersonville, NY, with a perfect 4.0 grade GPA, and Alex Gil, from Bronx, NY, with a 3.58 GPA. Berger earned the highest GPA of all the athletes submitted for this national honor.

Four Generals were also recognized by the Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV. In addition to Berger and Gil, Chris Curto from Margaretville, NY, with a 3.28 GPA, and Sean Dolberry from Bronx, NY, with his 3.07 GPA, all received academic honors from these regional associations. To receive Mid Hudson and Region XV honors, a student must have at least 3.0 and 3.25 GPAs respectively.

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