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Parade in Lake George to honor Warriors, state hoop champs

The infamous Lake George High School cheering section — known as the ‘Blue Zoo’ — erupted in a frenzy at the Glens Falls Civic Center March 16 when their boys basketball team won the Class C state championship. The Lake George fans will undoubtedly be vocal on April 9 when the team is honored with a community celebration complete with a ticker-tape parade down Canada St.

The infamous Lake George High School cheering section — known as the ‘Blue Zoo’ — erupted in a frenzy at the Glens Falls Civic Center March 16 when their boys basketball team won the Class C state championship. The Lake George fans will undoubtedly be vocal on April 9 when the team is honored with a community celebration complete with a ticker-tape parade down Canada St. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The Lake George High School Warriors are the newly crowned New York State high school boys basketball champions — and area citizens are as proud as can be.

They’re proud that this talented team not only won the school’s first boys sport championship ever, but the first state boys basketball championship for Section II, north of Schuylerville, since the late 1970s.

On Tuesday April 9, Warrior fans will be expressing this pride by participating in a mini-ticker-tape parade. The procession honoring the team’s achievement is to start at 5 p.m. at the Lake George firehouse and proceed north up Canada St.

The basketball team, school coaches, cheerleaders and school drum corps as well as the Lake George Community Band will be accompanied by the Lake George Fire Department and their vehicles in the procession down Canada St.

Along the parade route, the team is to be showered with confetti tossed from several ladder fire trucks representing three area fire companies.

When the team and their retinue reach the high school several blocks away, Lake George High School Athletic Director Mark Bleibtey is to award plaques and certificates to the players inside the gym. The team’s coach, Dave Jones, is to talk about the team’s attributes and accomplishments, followed by the team engaging in a ceremony of cutting down basketball nets.

Local and area officials are expected to attend. Among them are village Mayor Robert Blais, town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, state Sen. Betty Little and state Assemblyman Dan Stec.

Afterwards, a meet-and-greet session with players and coaches will be held.

Fire departments participating in the parade will be Lake George, Queensbury Central, West Glens Falls, Bay Ridge and North Queensbury. The confetti was donated by SCA Tissue of South Glens Falls.

For details, call 668-5452 or 668-5771.

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