Local cagers compete in Exceptional Senior basketball game

Gary Pinneo
Exceptional senior boys game with Cole Hartman of Dundee.

The local high school basketball season has drawn to a conclusion. It is certainly tough for the player who is a senior in high school, to grasp the fact that the last game of the season, is in fact the last high school game ever for them. But to help soften this reality, there is sometimes one more game to be played. Last Tuesday evening in Waterloo, a handful of local cagers got to compete in one more game before completely calling it a career.

The Finger Lakes Exceptional Senior High School basketball game was played at Waterloo High School on a wintery, cold Tuesday evening. The game featured a solid cast of senior class high school basketball players from around the Wayne/Finger Lakes area. The evening featured both girls and boys games. The games were fun-filled events showcasing some fine high school basketball talent from our area. There was some nice passing, good shooting, and yes, even a couple of slam dunks. A nice final evening of basketball for the players and spectators alike.

The area players were divided into two teams, the Red team and the Blue team. In the boy's game, the Red team defeated the Blue 85-73. The Reds jumped out to a 43-34 lead and held on for the 12 point win. Dundee's outstanding scorer, Cole Hartman led the Red team in scoring and to the victory with 21 points. Thirteen of his points came in the second half. Cole's 21 point high school hardwood finale was the top overall scoring effort in the game. The Blue team also had some local flavor. Dundee's Jarrett Butler scored 10 points for the Reds as did Penn Yan's Ben Covert. Yates County was well represented in this Senior Classic.

The girl's game was equally exciting. The Red team defeated the Blues 60-47. They trailed 36-25 at the half, but rallied in the second half, outscoring the Blue team 31-11 to cap off the comeback win.

Dundee's Demi Battin led the Red team in scoring, notching 12 points. She notched 10 of 12 points in the second half. Battin also canned two 3-pointers. Battin's Dundee teammate, Brooke Howell, scored 7 points for the Blue team. All of her points came in the second half. Kendall Neuberger of the Penn Yan Mustangs also scored 7 points for the Blues. six of her total point effort also came in the second half.

All-League Team

Also last week, the Finger Lakes Basketball Leagues announced their All-League Team selections. Penn Yan's Liz Wunder earned a spot on the Finger Lakes East League's Third team. Longtime Dundee Coach Tom Pratt was Named "Coach of the Year" in the Finger Lakes West League. Dundee's Megan and Brooke Howell were named to the First Team in the FL West. Demi Battin earned Second Team League recognition while Scot teammate Casey Farrell was given Honorable Mention.

The Finger Lakes League also announced their Boy's All-League selections. In the Finger Lakes East, Penn Yan's talented junior Tanner Irwin was a First Team selection. Sean Emerson was a Second Team selection. The Mustang duo of Ben Covert and Austin Fingar received Special Mention honors while Penn Yan's Jake Covert and Jon McKay picked up Honorable Mention awards.

In the Finger Lakes West, Dundee's Jarrett Butler was a First Team selection in the West. Scotsmen Andrew Clark and Cole Hartman garnered Second Team selections. Earning Honorable Mention for Dundee were Geordan Conyers, Jon Huber, and Tyler Kelly.

Also of special mention for Yates County High School basketball plans, Dundee's talented and team leader Megan Howell was selected to the Ronald McDonald High School All-American team in the Greater Rochester area. A tremendous and well deserved honor for sure.