HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central earned a place in the New York State Class D Girls Basketball rankings throughout the season and came within one point of reaching this weekends New York State Final Four at Hudson Valley Community College.
They also earned a place among the states best in all classes with a nine player (Taylor Dawley, Paige McCormick, Kylie Piercey, Maddie St. Pierre, Olivia St. Pierre, Logan Tallman, Hannah Thornhill, Rachel Thornhill, Alexis Weidner) New York State Scholar-Athlete contingent which combined on a 95.2 grade point average.
The Bulldogs fashioned a 21-3 record and won the first Overall (Class A. B, C, D) Section 10 Championship in school history. Their hopes to advance to the Class D Final Four fell just short in a 46-45 loss to Fort Edward on Saturday at SUNY Canton.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs achievements on the court and in the classroom and the efforts of an 18-0 junior varsity team were honored by the Heuvelton Central School District in a Girls Basketball Awards Night.
We went 21-3 and our three losses came to state-ranked teams by a total of six points. We beat seven state-ranked teams in Class A, B, C and D, said HCS coach Rob Powers.
We had phenomenal season. We had three seniors in Maddie St. Pierre, Alexis Weidner and Logan Tallman who were four-year starters and they resurrected our program.
All three seniors received team awards from coach Powers.
Weidner, a Second Team All-NAC selection, was named the Outstanding Defensive Player Award and Maddie St. Pierre and Tallman, another Second Team All-NAC West selection, received Coachs Awards.
During the NAC Awards ceremony, the NNY Officials Board honored Maddie St. Pierre with the Nicole Fleury Memorial Award and Tallman with the Tony Murray Memorial Award.
Freshman Paige McCormick, a First Team All-NAC West selection, was honored as the Outstanding Offensive Player, another First Team All-NAC West selection Olivia St. Pierre was cited as the Most Improved Player and Hannah Thornhill received the Captains Award.
Rounding out the recognition were other members in the team in Taylor Dawley, Kylie Piercey, Macy Richardson and Madison Simmons who received the NAC Sportsmanship Award, Rachel Thornhill and manager Liza Murray.
We had a great year and I want to thank the coaches in our feeder programs and I want to thank people from the different communities who turned out to root for us when we played Fort Edward, said coach Powers.
We cant control anything that happened this year but what we can control is what happens next year. The returning players have to work on their games year-round if they want to keep it going.
JVS GO UNDEFEATED
During the opening practices, Heuvelton Central Junior Varsity Coach Austin Weakfall asked his teams to list their goals.
The Lady Bulldogs set their extremely standard high: win the Madrid-Waddington Tournament, win the Heuvelton Cindy Brady Tournament, win at Chateaugay, win the NAC West Division and go undefeated.
The team then went out and accomplished every goal.
We had nine players return and this was a very motivated group. Our sophomores played like seniors said Weakfall.
They followed the process which included doing all the little things in practice and games. We went out and had an 18-0 season.
Coach Weakfall concluded his presentation by recognizing the team leaders with special awards. Alex Steele and Nathalie Barr were recognized as the Co Most Valuable Players, Miranda Donnelly was named the Most Improved Player and Karina Warren received the Coachs Award.
Other members of the team are: Kedan Mack, Jaelin Calkins who was cited by Barr with a captains citation for hard work in practice, Kristi Donnelly, Alyssa Johnson, Gabby Johnson, Madison McCormick and Page Weston.