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In the sport of high school basketball, you find an intense feeling of pride and determination. For two local athletic programs, those feelings were doubled by having both the girl's and boy's varsity teams represent themselves in the Section IV Basketball Championships.
At Owego Free Academy and Seton Catholic Central, four teams prepare to take the court at the Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Saturday, for a shot at the Class A and Class B Championship. Never before have these two programs simultaneously held both the girl's and boy's team in a championship.
"Everybody is playing for it not to end, including my kids," said Seton Girl's Head Coach, Colleen Jayne.
But for at least one team, it must end. In the boy's Class B Championship, Seton and Owego face each other for the second time of the 2017-18 season. Meeting first in the semi-finals of STAC playoffs, the Seton Saints downed the Owego Indians hardily. But will the newest rematch have the same outcome? Owego athletic program members hope not.
"We don't have to be better than Seton, we just have to be better than Seton on Saturday. And we hope that happens," said Owego Boy's Head Coach, Chris Evans.
As for the girls of Owego and Seton, they face different foes. The defending State and Federation Champions, Lady Saints, will be taking on the Maine-Endwell Spartans in Class A, while the Owego Lady Indians look to take down another unbeaten foe after Wednesday's victory over Waverly, the Susquehanna Valley Sabers. But both Owego and Seton teams share a common goal, to become New York State Champions.
"The [Owego] girls worked really hard and it was amazing just to see them win against an undefeated Waverly team that was pretty good," said Owego Indians, Christian Sage.
So come Saturday, win or lose, Seton and Owego's athletic programs can hang their heads high knowing they had what it took to get their basketball squads to Section IV Class Championships.