Bishop Kearney boys and girls teams win state titles

Posted at: 03/18/2013 4:54 PM
Updated at: 03/18/2013 6:20 PM
By: Robin De Wind

Section V history was made Sunday in Glens Falls. For the first time ever, a boys and girls team from the same school took home state titles.

The Bishop Kearney Kings were the big winners on Sunday. For the boys' team, it's the second state title and for the girls' team - it's their first.

It was after midnight when the buses rolled in to Bishop Kearney High School but the thrill of victory wasn't dampened by the late hour or the four-hour ride back from Glens Falls.

Senior Skylar Gauseney-Jones said, "We're making history. I'm so proud of my team."

Sophomore Thomas Bryant said, "We won a state championship. To win a state championship it's great."

The seasons for both the boys and girls teams are parallel -- each faced mid-season slumps.

The boys faced more pressure, having what many considered to be one of the most formidable front courts in Section V led by Syracuse prospect Chinonso Obokoh, stumbled through injuries and a challenging road schedule.

Boys' Coach Jon Boon said, "We were 5-7 and we lost in Ohio. I painted a picture and they took it upon themselves to do something about it and this is a result of what they decided to do."

Senior Antwoine Ander said, "It's been long hours to prove everybody wrong. It feels good."

Bishop Kearney never trailed in Sunday's game with New Rochelle, winning 45-39. On the sidelines, the girls' team was cheering. They also struggled during the regular season play, losing six of 10 players from last season and returning just one starter but their turnaround during sectionals motivated the Kings to push through states.

The Kings walked away with a 10-point win over Harpursville and their first state title in school history. Both teams -- Kings of the court in New York State.

Junior Sheila Hawkes said, "We pushed and we got to states we said we aren't going to lose it's all we had to do."

The AA titles are a first for Section V and it's only the third time in New York State that teams from the same school have won.

Congratulations to both teams!