Leading off today:
Picking the storyline of the weekend in Glens Falls didn't exactly require an advanced degree.
Section 2 had won a total of three NYSPHSAA basketball championships over the previous 12 years, wasting virtually every bit of its home-court advantage at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
This weekend, three Section 2 boys squads earned championships -- and that was without the benefit of the region's best team (Albany Academy) even taking the court.
The building was nothing less than electric Saturday evening as Argyle (Class D) and Lake George (C) earned championships, and then Watervliet (B) capped off the 3-for-3 night -- with the last two games being settled in overtime. Arena staff at the doors could be described as giddy in announcing to spectators before the start of the tripleheader that the session was sold out and only standing-room tickets were being sold.
Of the three, only Watervliet continues on to the Federation tournament next weekend in Albany. There, the Cannoneers will be joined by Albany Academy, which once again this year opted to enter the Federation tournament in Class A by going through the AIS route.
Had Albany Academy gone the NYSPHSAA route, is there any disputing the team would have been a major force in Class A (or AA, for that matter) this weekend? Here are the highlights of the regular-season resume:
Wins over state Class AA quarterfinalist Syracuse Henninger and quarterfinalist Kingston, Class A finalist Burke Catholic and semifinalist Bishop Ludden, Class B champ Watervliet, CHSAA state Class A champ Nazareth (rematch coming Friday in the Federation semifinals), five-time defending Federation champion Collegiate. And, oh yeah, throw in wins against Section 2 Class AA finalist Green Tech and St. Mary's, Long Island's CHSAA Long Island regular-season champ.
The losses: NYSPHSAA Class AA champ Bishop Kearney, Federation Class AA rep Long Island Lutheran and Green Tech.
That, friends, is what we in the business like to call a resume.
By the way, the boys Federation schedule is at the end of the complete postseason results/schedule page that the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin has been faithfully updating throughout the month.
More basketball Monday: I have a lot of catching up to do, having pretty much neglected news gathering and blogging the past 48 hours in order to keep my focus on the induction ceremony for the BCANY Basketball Hall of Fame.
I was most grateful to be selected and inducted and would like to say thank you to the many people who have passed along congratulations.
I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on at home Monday but will get back to business on the blog late in the day