Time Out: March 5, 2014
It was disappointment and frustration for the South Kortright basketball faithful last week as both the school’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams dropped Section IV, Class D semifinal contests at Oneonta’s Dewar Arena. When the initial disappointment subsides and the supporters of SK basketball reflect on the recently completed campaign, they have to be impressed what their Rams accomplished this winter.
The SK teams that reached this year’s semis are young and hungry squads, teams that age-wise could almost compete at the junior varsity level, but both SK teams came a whisker away from reaching the Section IV finals. The handwriting is on the wall. This winter, South Kortright served notice to the Delaware League and to Section IV – “Watch out for the Rams.”
The SK basketball story is a remarkable one. Year after year, in girls’ and guys’ basketball play, the Rams position themselves as top-tier powers. Both SK programs have state titles under their belts. Josh Burroughs’s girls’ teams have compiled eye-popping win/loss totals and his current team started five underclassmen, including two sophomores and two freshman in Wednesday’s semifinal. The sky is the limit for this group of ladies. These kids can play ball.
After dropping their opening two contests of the season, Bob VanValkenburgh’s boys’ squad looked vulnerable. But, as he always does, Coach Van etched roles for each of his guys and in the “wink of an eye,” SK was back on a winning track, going 15-3 over its final 18 games, as the Rams edged out of another Delaware League title by a single basket. And, when you look at the SK roster, like the Rams’ girls’ team, they too are a young squad with a bright future ahead.
Year in and year out, SK puts highly impressive girls’ and guys’ basketball teams on the hardwoods. With a returning core like SK enjoys, watch out, we haven’t seen anything quite yet.