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CHESTERTOWN The big news is that the North Warren boys basketball team made it to the Class D championship game of the Section II Boys Basketball Tournament, but theres even bigger news the team has the highest grade point average of all the teams in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) this season, with a 94.113, according to the NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program. Thats the most critical thing, said North Warren Superintendent Joe Kelly. Were emphasizing the student athlete. The team surprised top-seeded Loudonville Christian in the semifinals, 39-29, propelling North Warren into the championship game last Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Cougars faced St. Johnsville, and after a strong first half where they led by one point, the team was overwhelmed in the third quarter, and lost the title, 55-38. New York State Boys High School Basketball Chairman Bill Higgins was happy to see North Warren represented in the final game. This is the best possible scenario to have here, with a North Country team at the Civic Center, Higgins said. It draws larger crowds and that creates more excitement. Pete Aiken scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cougars, while Anthony Demato also had 10 rebounds and Ryan Wade scored eight points. These guys dedicate a lot of time to their sports, Kelly said. Ive seen some of them do their homework in the stands during practice. This teaches them excellent time management skills.

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