The record-breaking 2013-14 North Warren Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team includes (front row): Sidney Gagnon, Alyssa Dewar, Hannah Kenney, Sarah Stewart, Cate Hill, Samantha Rogers, (back row): Brooke French, Cheyenne Dingman, Hunter Hitchcock, Toni Agard, Madasyn Bush and Coach Larry Warner. The team finished the season undefeated at 17-0, setting a school record for girls sports.
The accomplishments of the 2013-14 North Warren Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team has earned the players a prominent berth in school history.
This is the first girl’s sports team in the history of North Warren High School to go undefeated. The Cougar JV basketball team finished off their season last week with a 17-0 record.
The team outscored their opponents by an average of 20 points, dominating the Adirondack League this year.
No Junior Varsity nor Varsity girls team in any sport at North Warren has ever accomplished an undefeated season since the school was consolidated in 1974 with Brant Lake and Pottersville schools.
This squad has not only set a school record, but they’ve blown past the prior school records with ease.
Earlier this season, the girls surpassed the 2011-12 Junior Varsity team’s record for the most wins in a season — 13 victories.
During this season, the 2013-14 JV squad was pitted against other Adirondack League teams with larger enrollment, but the players’ dedication to the game and commitment to skill development paid off, Coach Larry Warner said March 4.
“They are just a wonderful, hardworking team,” Warner said, noting that most all the players play AAU ball off-season together, taking on teams from schools many times their size — including squads from Saratoga and Albany. “They’ve gone up against incredibly tough competition, but they work hard, never quit, and have fun at it.”
Warner said he first realized the team’s potential about a year ago when he took them to an AAU tournament and they won all four games they played. He said it was the first time in five years since he’s been coaching AAU that one of his team has accomplished that.
“Those wins gave them a taste of what was coming this season, and it indicated to me we’d have something special going on this year,” he said.