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Woodlands High School Boys Basketball Team Makes History As State Finalists

The Woodlands High School boys varsity basketball team went to the state championship for the first time in history.
The Woodlands High School boys varsity basketball team went to the state championship for the first time in history. Photo Credit: Greenburgh Central School District

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Woodlands High School boys varsity basketball team reached the finals of the state championships for the first time in school history this past weekend.

The Falcons played Syracuse’s Westhill High School on Saturday in the finals. After scoring more than double as many points as their opponents in the first quarter, Woodlands ultimately lost by a score of 70-62. They were coached by longtime leader Robert Murphy.

“The boys have been playing great all season,” said Woodlands High School’s Athletic Director and Interim Principal Matt Smith. “They’re performing well and coming together. It’s a wonderful time in Woodlands athletics.”

The night before, on Friday, Woodlands beat Ogdensburg Free Academy 61-43 to set up the Finals clash against Westhill.

The day before the State Final Four competition, the team left Woodlands High School in style on Thursday, March 19 as they traveled to Glen Falls to compete. The 11 student-athletes left Greenburgh escorted by the local police and fire departments as they made their way out of Westchester County.

“These kids are rock stars,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Tahira DuPree Chase. “They work so hard and we are very proud of their accomplishments. We wanted to make them feel special. They are really making the Greenburgh Central School District proud.”

Throughout Sectionals and Regionals, the team was “blown away” by the support that the Greenburgh community showed them. Residents without students in the district attended games, along with alumni from the 1970s.

“The support has been unparalleled,” said Smith. “It really brought the community together. Everyone is coming out to cheer on our kids. It’s a great feeling. The boys are thrilled to see so many faces in the crowd cheering for them.” Following the history-making runner-up game, the Falcons traveled back to Westchester County where they were once again greeted by a motorcade of Greenburgh Police cars. The police escorted them from the Tappan Zee Bridg to Woodlands High School where the student-athletes were met by a crowd of cheering supporters.

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