Westport 3-14-09

We are so proud of our student athletes! In case you hadn't heard, both the boys' and the girls' varsity basketball teams won their sectional championships last weekend. Bo McKinley and Nate Gay led the boys in scoring and rebounds, while Willa McKinley, Martha McKinley, and Sarah Gibbs led the girls.

But, as Coach Rascoe pointed out when I called to congratulate him, both teams were able to prevail because they work so well together as a team.

"Their sportsmanship really has been outstanding all year," he said. "My congratulations to both teams on a job well done."

He then told me something I thought was especially significant-that both teams also received Scholar Athlete Team Awards, which go to the whole team for academic excellence while participating in school sports.

The awards, he explained, require the team to average 90 percent or better academically as a group during the season. So these young men and women are a team not only on the court, but off it as well. Well done, indeed!

Both teams are off to the Regional Finals this Saturday, March 14. The girls play at the SUNY Plattsburgh fieldhouse at noon, while the boys play at Potsdam High School at 4 p.m. If they win, both go to the Final Four, which takes place March 20-22. We certainly wish them the best of luck.

If you're not heading west to Potsdam or north to Plattsburgh on Saturday, you might want to head just a little ways north to Essex, where Wadhams artist Paul Rossi has a show at the Premises Storefront Gallery on Main Street from 12 to 4 p.m. The show is part of the gallery's "Second Saturday" series. Called "Figures and Portraits," it will include some of the artist's recent oil paintings.

Paul is a wonderful artist whose work is always worth seeing-his paintings are not just beautiful to look at, but they always make you stop and reflect for a moment or two; or more.

Word is out that the Arts Council has moved from their old digs near Ernie's all the way across the village to the Heritage House. It's a natural pairing, and the Arts Council will be working with the Heritage Committee to make the Heritage House into an arts and visitor center, with classes, performances, and community events being held there. If you haven't seen the recently renovated Heritage House (the old Beebe Hall), stop by and check it out. A lot of work has been done and it looks great.

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