With a State Championship under their belts, the Tigers' accolades will continue on Saturday Mar. 24 when they are honored with a parade starting at Tuckahoe High School at 1 p.m. and finishing in for village-wide celebration ceremonies.
On Wednesday afternoon, l gathered together in the gymnasium to celebrate the 2012 Tuckahoe boys varsity basketball team, which won the New York State Class C Basketball Championship at Glens Falls Civic Center on Mar. 17.
There wasn’t an empty seat in the gym, with students even crowding down on the floor, cheering the champions as they were serenaded with kind words from administrators and coaches.
The players also received plaques from the school to acknowledge their accomplishments.
“This team just worked so hard and really stuck together like a brotherhood,” said Tuckahoe assistant coach Chris Starace before announcing the players individually.
“There were times this year when it would have been easy for one person to miss practice but they would have been letting each other down, so it just didn’t happen,” he continued.
Tuckahoe defeated OTC Buffalo, the 2010 Class C Champions, 77-66 in front of about 4,000 spectators to take home the title in Glens Falls, the first in basketball for the school since 1981.
This is also Tuckahoe High School’s third state title (2010 football and 2011 baseball) in the recent years.
At 25-0, the Tigers are the first ever Tuckahoe basketball team to finish undefeated in the state championship era, and the first team in any sport to finish perfect since the 1991 girls volleyball team .
“We just want to thank everyone for all the support all season,” senior Mark Raymond said to the capacity crowd.