(NEWS10) – Most people don’t remember who came in second, third or fourth. But almost everyone never forgets who won the whole thing.
This weekend, five Section II basketball teams are hoping to create lasting memories in their quests for a state championship.
The number one ranked Shenendehowa boys are looking to repeat as Class AA State Champs.
In order to accomplish said mission, the unbeaten Plainsmen will have to first take down third-ranked physical Aquinas in the semifinals.
That game will be on Saturday at 12:30 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
And in speaking with Head Coach Tony Dzikas and the guys, they’re confident in their chances to win and advance.
“You know, we’re really confident. Even if we didn’t have all those accolades and defending whatever, we would still be really confident. The guys in here put in a lot of work in the offseason and we’ve been together a long time. We trust each other and we trust in all of our ability to get it done,” said Head Coach Tony Dzikas.
“Don’t be satisfied with what you did. Certainly go for that championship but you really have to take it one game at a time,” said Shen Senior Guard Kevin Huerter.
Meanwhile, the Shen girls are hoping to do the same thing as the boys beginning Friday night.
The lady Plainsmen, who are ranked fourth in the state, are back in the final four for the first time since 2010.
Shen will take on 6th ranked Williamsville North at Hudson Valley Community College for a spot in Saturday night’s final.
Here’s girls coach Joe Murphy and the girls on the chance to cap off the year with two wins this weekend.
“It would be huge just for this team itself. They’ve worked so hard the past four years with me at the varsity level. The dedication they’ve put in, it would mean a lot to our team and our school and our community,” said Head Coach Joe Murphy.
“Ending my career with a State Title would definitely be ideal. So, me and the rest of the Seniors and even the rest of the underclassmen are just really trying to do that in order to come out with a great win. This is one of our best chances in a while to do so,” said Shen Senior Forward Carly Boland.