HARRISON, N.Y. – The seventh- and eighth- grade Harrison boys basketball recreation team received certificates of achievement from the Harrison Town Board on Thursday night for winning the recent 2014 Westchester County Parks and Recreation Basketball Tournament.
Twin brothers Austin and Ethan Evans both play on the town recreation team. Ethan was not able to attend the Town Board meeting on Thursday, so his brother accepted both certificates.
Mayor Ron Belmont jokingly had Austin pose for two pictures: one as himself, and another as his twin brother.
Belmont presented certificates to the rest of the team, all of whom attend Louis M. Klein Middle School: Luke McCarthy, Noah Reisel, Jordan Mullahy and Brett Silber. Those who couldn’t attend were Alex Kaplan, Scott Lobel, Joseph Marraccini and Alex Siapanides.
Harrison Maroon was one of 16 teams to play in this year’s annual tournament, which featured another Harrison team, Harrison White.
“It was a 16-team tournament and luckily for me it was the other Harrison team in the finals,” Belmonst said. “So, it was easy for me. I just sat in the middle of the court and routed for both teams. It was a great game.”
Town Recreation Departments create one or two of these all-star teams from their town basketball league and submit them to compete in the county tournament each year. They circulate players each year. But, Coach Frank Luongo said five of the Harrison Maroon players also won the championship last year. This includes Austin, who said he wants to go for the three-peat.
The Harrison Recreation League is open to students in grades three through 12 and the county tournament is open to grades five through 10.
Coahces Luongo and Joe Mellea said they both played in the Harrison rec league when they were in school. Luongo remembered getting to the finals of the county tournament one year and falling just short. Returning as coaches, they said they have won the championship the last three years.