Local youth hoops organization celebrates its golden anniversary with championship weekend
The Frogs turned in a dominant performance this year on the local youth hoops scene.
With veteran coaches Craig Rickard and Jerry Jones calling the shots, the squad cruised to a regular season title in Honesdale Biddy Basketball Association Senior Division competition.
The Frogs earned the top playoff seed, then posted back-to-back wins in this year's tournament to capture the all-season crown.
They squared off with scrappy Blazers team in the semifinals, but persevered en route to a 25-19 win.
On Sunday afternoon, the Frogs closed out their storybook campaign with a 22-12 victory over the Mavs in the championship game.
This Frogs' impressive run to a Senor Division crown provided a fitting end to the league's golden anniversary season.
It's now been 50 years since a group of local men got together to form what's now known as the Honesdale Biddy Basketball Association.
In celebration of this achievement, officials will hold an open house at the Honesdale Golf Club.
Doors will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. There will be refreshments, a collection of local hoops memorabilia and a brief historical presentation.
In addition, longtime league volunteers Kelley Lalley and Pete Goyette will be recognized for their decades of dedication.
The open house will last until six p.m. Come on out and enjoy a nostalgic trip through the past!
On their way
The Frogs opened their 2015-16 campaign with one of the most exciting games of the season … a heart stopping 27-25 victory over the Hawks.
Zach Eisele paced the offensive attack in this one, rattling the rims for a game-high 14 points.
He was aided and abetted by teammates Noah Theobald (five pts), Sam Jones (two pts), Clay Chestnutt (two pts) and Ryan Kretschmer (two pts).
This win was a prelude of things to come as the Frogs saw just about every game go right down to the wire throughout the season.
The Frogs finished up the campaign with 6-1 record, scoring a total of 189 points. Their lone loss came in an overtime thriller at the hands of the Mavs, 29-27.
Defensively, they allowed 154 points across seven games, winning by an average of just five points per outing.
Following a 21-19 Week Seven win in overtime against the Blazers, the Frogs sealed the deal on a top seed in the playoffs.
Hayden Rowe played the hero's role in this one, grabbing an offensive rebound and powering the ball back up a basket that ultimately proved to be the game winner.
The Frogs' reward for yet another wild last-second triumph was a re-match with the Blazers.
Sadly for Blazers' fans, the final installment of this series wasn't nearly as competitive as the last encounter.
Star point guard Sam Hopkins was ill and couldn't attend the game, so the Frogs dominated from opening tip to final buzzer.
Sam Jones led the way to a 25-19 victory, tickling the twine for a game-high 15 points. Theobald chipped in with five, while Eisele tallied four and Kretschmer added a free throw.
In the other semifinal, the Mavericks punched their ticket to the title tilt via a 25-19 win over the Hawks.
Austin Borsdam came through with a clutch trey for the Mavs, which was just enough to preserve an electrifying win.
Drew Howell delivered the Play of the Game, though, drilling a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Hawks a 12-10 lead.
Howell drained a step-back trey late in the fourth quarter as well, but it wasn't enough and the Mavs held on to win.
This was exactly the type of match-up league officials had hoped for in the final game of Biddy Basketball's golden anniversary season.
The Frogs entered as the #1 seed, but were paired up with a Mavericks squad that had dealt them their lone loos of the campaign.
This time around, however, the Frogs simply would not be denied. Thanks to the potent 1-2 punch of Noah Theobald and Zack Eisele, the Frogs built a 9-2 lead they'd never relinquish.
It proved to be a physical game, one the Mavs might have won had they not shot a woeful 5-for-23 at the charity stripe.
Theobald turned in a huge performance on the league's biggest stage, finishing with 15 points.
The Mavs mounted a balanced assault, led by Austin Borsdam (four pts), Karter Kromko (four pts), Tim Jackson (three pts), Devin Gonzalez (two pts), Jeffrey Delgado-Santos (one pt).