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WCS basketball players praised as good role models

"We were a couple of tough breaks away from a superior record," he said, noting how a 6-10 record could have been 12-4 if circumstances were just a little different.

Highlights of the season were defeating Salem in the regular schedule after losing to them earlier in the Greenwich tournament.

Perhaps the greatest accomplishment, however, was beating arch-rival Lake George - annually amongst the top teams in the league - for the first time in a half-dozen years.

And this victory wasn't by a slim margin, it was by 10 points, he said.

"This win was quite a punctuation mark to end the season," he said.

Reynolds said that with some intensive practice on boxing out more effectively and more movement on the court, the players will reach their full potential, he said.

Reynolds presented the Most Improved Offense award to Sophomore Tyler Williams.

"When Tyler sets his mind to it, he's a human dynamo," he said.

Most Improved on Defense award went to sophomore Cory Chadwell.

Reynolds said he routinely assigned Cory to the toughest guy to guard in the low post.

"In the future, Cory will be a force down low," he said.

The Sportsmanship Award went to Sophomore Brandon Combs, who Rex said had a positive attitude and strong team spirit.

WCS Modified team is building skills

The character of Warrensburg's 2009-10 Modified Basketball Team is not evident in its season statistics, Coach Mike Leonbruno said.

"This team may have lacked in numbers, size and experience but no way were they lacking in heart," he said, noting the players' strong work ethic and positive attitude. "I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable season or a better group of athletes to coach."

With their small team, the players ran up and down the court all season long with very few substitutions to provide relief, he said. "These guys gave every game 100 percent, win or lose."

Leonbruno awarded the team Most Improved trophy to seventh grader Colby Rounds, who the coach said had a deep passion for the sport.

Coach's award went to seventh grader Shane Putney, who worked hard, showed enthusiasm and had a positive attitude, Leonbruno said.

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