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A celebration tradition

Lake George boys basketball coach Dave Jones watches as his son Alex Jones cuts down a piece of the basketball net at Lake George High School following the team's state championship celebration ceremony on Thursday. 

Ellis L. Williams, ewilliams@poststar.com

LAKE GEORGE — Despite rain showers which canceled a planned parade, the Lake George community still gathered in its high school gymnasium to witness the Warriors’ 2017-18 boys basketball state championship celebration ceremony.

The evening began with Lake George players and coaches being paraded through the gym behind the lead of the school’s drumline and concluded with what coach Dave Jones said is becoming a tradition, cutting down the nets.

Senior captain Alex Jones was the first to climb the ladder and take a pair of scissors to the nylon. After a brief battle with the net, he cut a thread free and hoisted it over his head as “We Are the Champions” played in the background.

“When we won back in ‘13, I thought it was a neat way to celebrate,” Dave Jones said. “Watching this group do that now was special.”

Bill Wetherbee kicked the night off by introducing the staff and players. Per Dave Jones’ request, the coaching staff was introduced as a group, while Wetherbee took his time announcing each player’s position, height and a small personal detail.

Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, New York State Senator of the 45th District Betty Little and Lake George athletic director Kyle Manny spoke before Dave Jones took the podium.

Dickinson, Little and Manny all relayed similar messages about an incredible team that captured a perfect 28-0 record and won the Class C state championship behind Jones’ leadership.

While on the mic, Jones made sure to thank everyone involved in the Warriors’ historic season. From community members, local businesses and of course, the families of every coach and player.

He hit every beat and bookended Lake George’s year in as smooth of fashion as his coaching style.

“This team has accomplished so much this season,” Jones said during the ceremony. “One thing I can say about this team is from the beginning, we got their best every day.”

Jones career record is 360-101. He has won more than 78 percent of his games, which includes three state championships since 2013.

Despite graduating four seniors, including Alex Jones and Caleb Scrime, the Warriors return two key members next year as they gear up to defend their state title.

Both Mason Flatley, who averaged nearly 15 points per game, and state tournament MVP Chris Becker will be seniors next season.

Follow Ellis L. Williams on Twitter @BookofEllis

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