Friday Night STAC Championships Could Be Extra Special For Owego BasketballPosted: Updated:
Owego, N.Y. - For most Section IV high school basketball teams the regular season is in the rear view mirror and all they're focusing on now is the post season. However, for four local teams they'll look to end their regular season as the STAC champions. Now, although the big picture here is of course the playoffs, Friday night could be an extremely special night for the boys and girls Owego basketball teams.
The boys team have not won a STAC championship since 1988 and the last time the girls raised a STAC title was in 2003. So the question of course, when have both teams won the STAC championship at the same time? Well the answer is simple, never.
"It would be pretty cool" said Owego senior Robert Merrill.
"Most of our team is really close with the girls team so we're hoping they get a win too and so do we."
"For both teams to be competing for a STAC championship and to be able to bring fans and families together is just great" said girls head coach Luke McEvoy.
"It would be really special" said boys head coach Chris Evans.
Both teams have been having quite similar seasons. While the boys have been dealt with two losses this season, the girls are undefeated and having the best regular season the program has ever had.
"A STAC title would mean everything. It would give us so much confidence and momentum heading into the playoffs and we've been working hard all season and always picking each other up" said Owego's leading scorer, junior Kacie Donovan.
"Our goal is to obviously continue that momentum we've had all season and keep this great season rolling and to be in a STAC championship there's that tradition that's there for the entire conference and all the teams that have played in it" said McEvoy.
The girls will face the (18-1) Norwich Purple Tornadoes who they have yet to face this season. The boys on the other hand will look to defeat reigning class B champions, (16-3) Seton Catholic Central, a team they have yet to face this season. Without jumping too far ahead, both games could potentially be the match up in the sectional championship game.
"Seton has a couple quick guards, pretty fast, we need to get after them and show them how physical we could be and show them what we're made of this year" said Merrill.
"If you play Seton and they get the ball in the paint all game, you're going to lose by 20" said Evans.
"If we get on a roll offensively we're difficult to beat."
Seton and Owego play Friday, 8 p.m. at Elmira high school.
Norwich and Owego play Friday, 6 p.m. at Elmira high school.