It is a momentous time at Glens Falls High School.
And to be clear, this is not to say football, or basketball or any other sport, is more important than academics, or that it trumps other things like God, family and country, but playing for a state championship — no matter the sport — is special.
The Fort Ann boys soccer team did it last week.
The Glens Falls football team will do it tomorrow.
We’re glad to see that in our communities, team sports still mean something. They are a unifying force, not just for the school and the students, but the parents, teachers and residents of the community. They bring together alumni and inspire young students to pursue their own athletic dreams.
We look at these games as a symbol of what groups of individuals can do when they commit to a goal, when they work selflessly toward something virtually unobtainable except to a precious few, when they dare to dream of something over the rainbow.
We don’t believe we are overstating the case.
It is, after all, just a game, but it can be representative of not just who these individuals are now, but who they will be in the future.
We are proud of so much of what we see in the Glens Falls community. The amount of volunteer work, the response when regular folks are in need, the ability of anonymous people who don’t know each other to respond in a crisis is the very soul of what Glens Falls stands for.
We believe some of that spirit and character is developed on the fields and courts of Glens Falls and other communities around the region.
Coming together as a team in sports speaks to the hard work, determination and can-do spirit many of these athletes will carry with them later in life.
Not for all individuals and not for all teams, but these achievements can be a precursor of better things to come in the athletes’ lives, and maybe, for this community as well.
This is a moment for this city.
We would hardly call Glens Falls a “football” town. It is nothing like Odessa, Texas, in “Friday Night Lights.”
Sports is important, but not sacrosanct to the populous as a whole. We expect Glens Falls is representing more than just this city this weekend. We expect most of Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties will be rooting for Glens Falls as well.
The team represents the region.
Oddly, nobody saw this coming and there may still be people who can’t believe it is happening.
We’ve already seen the Hoosiers version, the “Let’s-win-this-game-for-all-the-small-schools-that-never-had-a-chance-to-get-here” moment when Glens Falls’ boys basketball team took Peekskill the distance at Glens Falls Civic Center before losing. They were so close.
Our region has not fared well when it comes to football playoffs.
Queensbury made it to the Dome in back-to-back years.
Lake George made it once.
So did Fort Edward and Ticonderoga.
Only Cambridge, in 1999, has been able to bring home a state title.
We will be rooting hard Saturday for Glens Falls. We suspect most of you will as well.
We apologize in advance we had to steal our final words from the locker room of a basketball movie.
But we hope Glens Falls heeds these words as they take on unbeaten Maine-Endwell.
“And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen.”
Local editorials represent the opinion of the Post-Star editorial board, which consists of Publisher Rick Emanuel, Editor Ken Tingley, Projects Editor Will Doolittle and citizen representative Robert Sledd.