Unified Basketball ends ‘amazing’ first year
By Keith Harrington
The first season of Granville Unified Basketball has come to an end and all involved would agree that that it was a very successful campaign. The Golden Horde fell to Niskayuna in the championship game, 48-28, but the season was about so much more than just the win-loss column.
“We had an amazing first year of Unified Basketball in Granville,” said Katie Barber, one of the team’s coaches. “This honestly was one of the most rewarding, enjoyable coaching experiences I have ever been a part of. From the student athletes to coaching with Mrs. Meade and Coach Nassivera, we all make a great team.”
“I also love the way Unified sports promotes inclusion and how our team played with class every time they took the court,” added coach Lisa Meade. “I could not be more proud of everyone.”
Unified Sports combines athletes (players with intellectual disabilities) and athletes (players without intellectual disabilities) to create athletic teams for training and competition. Participation is rooted in the principle of meaningful involvement which ensures that every player is given an opportunity to contribute to the success of his or her team through their unique skills. Inclusive activity is among the most conducive ways to break down stereotypes and foster relationships.
Unified Sports promotes Project Unify activities in the schools and in the community and provides opportunities for all students to participate in school-wide campaigns and activities such as Fans in the Stands, Pledge and Plunge and the R-word Campaign.
“Considering this is our first year we couldn’t be more proud,” Barber said. “The athletes on the team have worked so hard and made so many improvements. It has been fun to experience.”
The Granville coaches could not say enough about the Partner Players who gave of their time to be a part of the team.
“Our Partner Players, Kody Devino, Jaxon Torres and Eli Douglas, did such an amazing job helping out our other athletes. Without these kids dedicating their time on and off the court this program wouldn’t have been so successful,” Barber said.
Both Barber and Meade had especially high praise for Devino.
“Kody Devino has worked with our players on basketball skills during his free periods for the past couple of months,” Barber said.
“He’s a remarkable young man,” Meade said.
The coaches also wanted to recognize the seniors on this year’s squad, Devino, Cody McMorris-Lawless and Andrew Barnes.
“Congratulations on a great season and we wish you all the best,” Barber said.
After a successful first season, plans for the future are already taking shape.
“We are already looking forward to next year,” Barber said.
Local baseball players named All-Stars
By Keith Harrington
Local teams Hartford-Fort Edward, Granville and Whitehall are well represented on the Adirondack League’s baseball All-Stars.
League champion Lake George led the way with four players honored. Brody McCabe of the Warriors was named the Adirondack League Player of the Year.
Lake George’s Brendan Lamby and Luke Sheldon were also named to the first team. Lamby was the 2021 Most Valuable Player.
Other players selected to the first team: Jackson Thomas of league runner-up Salem-Cambridge, Jack Dornan of Class D finalist Fort Ann, Drake Stewart and Bryce Tyler of Hartford-Fort Edward, Caleb Nelson of Granville, Tyler Plummer of Hadley-Luzerne and Brandon Bakerian of Whitehall.
Named to the second team were Ben Cuthbert of Argyle, David White of Corinth, Callon Sutliff of Fort Ann, Alex Torres of Granville, Ryan Lott-Diamond of Hadley-Luzerne, Max Dickenson of Lake George, Eli Danio and Connor Chilson of Salem-Cambridge and Brady Cheney of Warrensburg.