WARRENSBURG - The local high school's male basketball players have a lot of heart despite enduring seasons that may not have reached their expectations, team coaches said March 11 at an awards dinner held at the school.
"You are the best role models," coach Rich Schloss said to his varsity boys basketball team, lined up on stage to receive trophies or certificates. "From an athletic standpoint, this was the best group I've ever coached."
The Warrensburg High School Boys Basketball team finished off the 2009-10 season with a 10-9 record that didn't necessarily reflect the talent on the team, he said. Schloss noted some late-game twists against league leaders Argyle and Lake George, in which Warrensburg had established leads that were overturned in the final minutes after a flurry of fouls were called.
"We absolutely proved we could play with the best," Schloss said.
Offensive Most Valuable Player award went to scoring leader senior Brendan Frye, who ended up tallying 13.8 points per game, a record that put him amongst the top 15 players in the region.
"Brendan is an unbelievable athlete with an outstanding work ethic," Schloss said, prompting a hug from Frye when the trophy was presented.
Defensive MVP went to Mike Perrone, who bounced back from an early-season injury to be ultra-effective defensively for the team, Schloss said.
The Sportsmanship award went to Jason Power, who may have been granted limited playing time, but worked hard and never complained, Schloss said.
"Jason's the nicest kid ever," he said.
After the presentations, Schloss reflected on the team's character.
"They were 'all about the team,'" he said. "Several more points here or there, and we would have been at the top of the Adirondack League."
Junior Varsity squad shows promise
The WCS Junior Varsity basketball players have solid talent and a bright future despite disappointing 2009-10 statistics, J.V. Coach Rex Reynolds said as he gave out awards.