Local youth hoops organization tips-off 52nd season of play
Not even frigid temperatures and arctic winds could keep local fans away from the Lakeside Elementary School gym this weekend.
Hundreds turned out on Saturday afternoon to help celebrate Opening Day of the 2017-18 Honesdale Biddy Basketball Association season.
This marks the 52nd season for the venerable youth hoops organization, which has been going strong since 1965-66.
“It's wonderful to see the way our community comes together every year at this time,” longtime league president Pete Goyette said.
“We've always gotten great support from local businesses and the school district. We also have about 30 adult volunteers. We couldn't do anything without them and we're very grateful for all the time they put in.”
There are more than 150 youngsters involved this season as either players or cheerleaders. The league consists of 14 teams in total, divided up into two divisions (Junior, 8-10; Senior 11-12).
Opening Day went off without a hitch with seven games played from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The 2017-18 season will run through February with “Championship Weekend” tentatively scheduled for Feb. 24-25.
This year's campaign got off to a rollicking start as the Cardinals defeated the Mavericks 20-19 on a last-second shot.
Joey Taraschuk played the hero's role, grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring just as the final buzzer sounded. Amazingly enough, this was his only basket of the game.
Cody Kretschmer paced the Cardinals' attack with eight points. Rocco Fluck and Jonah Legg chipped in with four apiece.
Nate Hugaboom led the Mavericks, rattling the rims for a game-high 10. He was aided and abetted by Nate Greene (six pts) and Luke Murray (three).
Saturday's second Senior Division contest saw the Blazers roll to a 20-10 win over the Bulls.
Trent Gombita was Top Gun for the winners, powering his way to a game-high 11 points. Lance Peak and Bryce Dressler added four each.
Kole Fries tallied a team-best five for the Bulls.
The final Week One Senior Division contest featured the Hawks breaking open a close game late en route to a 29-21 decision over the Frogs.
Brayden Hall paced the victors with a 10-point performance, while Peter Modrovsky constributed eight to the cause.
Seth Gunuskey led the Frogs with nine. Jack Eisele, Caleb Bryant and Max Cummings each tallied four points.
The Junior Division slate got underway Saturday with a dominating team effort by the Sixers, who cruised to a 21-4 win over the Rockets.
Jared Ahern was main man for the Sixers, tickling the twine for 10 points, while Liam Platt chipped in with six.
In Game Two, the Spurs were every bit as impressive in hammering out a 30-11 victory over the Cavs.
Aiden Collins led the attack for the winners, scoring 10 points. Garrett Dalesky and Jakub Randoph added six each.
Elliott Moeykens (five) and Reed Howell (four) provided scoring punch for the Cavaliers.
In Game Three, the Hornets rallied from an early deficit to double up the Lakers, 22-11.
John Meagher and Levi Martin combined to tally 17 points in leading the Hornets to victory.
Carter Hawley (four), Nick Martin (three) and Thomas Glass (three) led the Lakers.
The Week One Junior Division finale saw the Bullets roll to a 21-10 win over the Falcons.
Finley Osborne paced a balanced Bullets attack with seven points, while Gavin White scored six.
Conlan Keast paved the way for the Falcons with a pair of buckets.