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OFA Boys Basketball program notes special season

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It was a special year for the OFA Boys Basketball program.

On Tuesday, the program was honored for an perfect junior varsity season and Section 10 Overall Varsity Championship at the Ogdensburg Elks Club.

“This year’s varsity team are the most unselfish group of 12 athletes that I have ever coached. They share the ball, they play as a single unit, they are great student athletes and most importantly they are great students of the game and stay out of trouble. As I said once before, if coaching a team was always this easy, I would coach another 40 years,” OFA Coach Mark Henry said speaking about his team recently.

“I just want to say thank you to my players and their parents for instilling such good qualities into you.”

The Devils finished the season 21-2 falling to Malone 57-48 in the regular season and eventual New York State Class B champions Watervliet 73-58 in the New York State Region II championship.

Breton LaRose was named the Joe Jukoski Memorial Award winner for the Outstanding Section 10 Boys Basketball player and Central Division MVP. Cavan LaRose was honored with the first annual Tony Murray award for dedication to the team. Matt Piercey was a first team All NAC selection while Pat Cosmo and Kinnon LaRose were second team All NAC selections. Tyler Knowlton was OFA’s Sportsmanship award winner.

Section 10 All Academic award winners were: Pat Cosmo, Alex Farrell, Connor Hannan, Breton LaRose, Cavan LaRose, Kinnon LaRose, Jack Manke, Seth Pinkerton, and Colin Ross.

The Devils also won two excellent games in Section II against Shenendehowa and New Hartford, beat Massena in the Section 10 Overall Championship game and had an 18 game winning streak.

On Tuesday evening, Breton LaRose received the Most Valuable Player Award and received the Merle Livermore Outstanding Foul Shooter Award.

Colin Ross was honored with the Instant Energy Award and the Defensive MVP Award was presented to Matt Piercey. Pat Cosmo made many big baskets during the season and his efforts were rewarded with the Mr. Clutch award.

The Dixie Walker Sportsmanship award was given to Tyler Knowlton. Alex Farrell’s consistent development earned him Most Improved honors while Cavan LaRose’s work ethic was rewarded with the Heart and Soul Award.

Meanwhile, the OFA Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team recorded a 18-0 record under Head Coach Scott Sargent and his assistant Mike Sargent.

The Blue Devil JV’s became only the second OFA Boys JV basketball team in the last 30 years, and the first since 2002, to produce an unbeaten season. The Devils played tremendous defense all season long, only allowing one team to reach 40 points and holding teams to an average of 29.1 ppg. Offensively, the Devils were an extremely pass-oriented and unselfish group, scoring 55 ppg with 6 players averaging between 5 and 9 points per game.

“This was an exceptional group to coach. Their effort in practice every single day was top-notch, and they represented their school and community well. I am very proud of them,” said Coach Scott Sargent recently. Members of the team were Matt Ramm, Jordan Miller, Jon Rogers, Tristan Moore, Nick Green, Justin Ross, Peyton Lalone, James Wing, Dom Yerdon, Nick Sweeney, Al Fisher, Dakota Brady, Josh Farrar, Marcus Johnson, and Ryan Adams.

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