GLENS FALLS — Tuesday, March 26, is officially “Glens Falls Basketball Day” thanks to a proclamation from Mayor Dan Hall on Tuesday.
Downtown Glens Falls was covered in red and black as spectators gathered for a parade of the Glens Falls High School basketball team Tuesday evening.
Hall encouraged everyone in the city to wear the colors as a sign of support for the team, and more than 200 people came to cheer on the team.
Parents, coaches, community members and other local politicians gathered around the gazebo in City Park to cheer the 2019 State and Federation Tournament Champions.
“This has been a phenomenal season,” Hall said. “This team has done things that have never been seen here, and the support we’re seeing from the community has been excellent.”
The procession traveled along Sherman Avenue to Glen Street, then east along Glen Street to the traffic circle before wrapping around and heading back up Ridge Street to the park.
The crowd cheered on the news that Glens Falls was recently announced as New York’s best high school sports town by MaxPreps, a national leader in high school sports coverage, thanks in large part to its basketball successes.
Glens Falls Fifth Ward Councilman Jim Clark Jr. spoke to the crowd and thanked the players as well as many people that were in the support roles all season such as parents, family and friends.
He also attributed part of the team’s winning mentality to the team’s coach, Rob Girard.
“I grew up on Sanford Street, right next door to the Girards,” Clark said. “You could see in him the tenacity, the grit, the will to win in almost everything we did together. It’s no surprise his coaching ability showed through these players here, every time they stepped onto the court.”
The team’s coach, Rob Girard, also spoke to the crowd and praised the energy he said was present every step of the way.
“The biggest thing here is thanking everybody that has been supporting us throughout the year. The crowds at Glens Falls High School have been amazing,” Girard said. “Honest to God, we could not have done it without you people and we thank you so much.”
Girard also praised the hard work and determination from the members of the team to put themselves in a position to be successful.
Trent Girard, a key figure in the Indians’ run to both championships, said he and his team were blown away by the community’s support this season.
“For all these people to show up when it’s only 40 degrees out is incredible,” Girard said. “I don’t have the words for how special it feels to this kind of support for us from everybody here.”