The longest of the three sports seasons at the high school level came to end for the Wasaren League on Saturday when the Greenwich girls fell to Millbrook in a state semifinal run. The Lady Witches were the last team standing from the Wasaren this basketball campaign and did the league proud, advancing to the Class C Final Four. Greenwich finished a truly exceptional year at 26-1 with League, Sectional and Regional titles under their belts.
While Greenwich was the most accomplished team from the Wasaren this winter, many other squads built fine seasons for themselves as well.
Tamarac and Mechanicville, the league’s Class B schools, both enjoyed strong years on the girl’s side of things as did Cambridge, Emma Willard and even the Warriors of Stillwater who closed out the year playing winning basketball with a young squad.
For decades the boy’s side has been a gauntlet run that tests every school nearly on a nightly basis, and the 2022-23 season was no exception.
A deep and talented Tamarac squad earned the league title and advanced to the Class B semifinals. Hoosic Valley and Stilllwater were also teams with a host of talented players, showcasing their abilities on their way to sectional finals in Classes C and CC.
Greenwich, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville also put together solid years, all finishing well above the .500 mark, while Waterford and Spa Catholic proved to be tough outs more nights than not.
Individually five players from the league reached the 1000 career points plateau, with Hoosic Valley’s Isaiah Eckler and Logan Reilly, Tamarac’s Joey Poulin, and Greenwich’s Adrianna Rojas and Norah Niesz all joining the 1000-point club.
Our Wasaren Sportsnet Players of the Week included Joey Poulin (Tamarac), Schuylar Nolan (Cambridge), Isaiah Eckler (Hoosic Valley), Jaxon Mueller (Stillwater), Adrianna Rojas (Greenwich), Myanna Faraj (Tamarac), Logan Reilly (Hoosic Valley), Derick Pontore (Waterford), and Norah Niesz (Greenwich).
Congratulations to all the players and coaches who make the Wasaren what it is, one of the finest small school conferences in the state.
Personally I’d like to thank the league coaches who sent me game results over the course of the season making recaps so much easier and our sponsoring businesses, Toyota of Clifton Park, Bonnier’s Service, Devito Salvadore Family, LaVigna Insurance, Legends Barbershop, Val’s, Dicarlo’s Auto Body, Gunning Elite Training, The Connor’s Agency, and Off-Broadway Hair Design for their help in promoting the athletes of the Wasaren.
Lastly a thank you to everyone who followed our written coverage and podcasts this year and helped me out along the way.
Hey Grant, I wanted someone in Greenwich to know that I gave Ryan Ingber the Player of the Week on yesterday’s podcast. Sorry to bother you but I didn’t have the Greenwich coaches contact email. Thanks. Rick
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