Roundup: Hoag, Hackett headline All-Stars



HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Wasaren League basketball All-Stars were announced on Wednesday, and two Hoosick Falls Central School boys were honored with a first team selection.

Juniors Andrew Hoag and Mark Hackett picked up the first team nods after the pair helped Hoosick Falls to its first undefeated Wasaren schedule since 1934-1935.

"Sometimes, when you have a real balanced team [like we had], you don't get a couple guys in the first team," said coach Mike Lilac. "But I think winning the league like we did, those guys got on."

Hoag, the point guard for the Panthers, led the team in rebounding this season, something that Lilac thought made him a nightmare for the opposition.

"You wouldn't think a kid like that would lead us in rebounds," Lilac said. "It's something you usually don't get with a point guard. He was a handful out there, he was always full of energy and that is a great kid to have in the team."

Hackett, likewise, presented matchup problems because of his size.

"Mark is this big, tough linebacker, then he goes on the court and has this nice, soft shooting touch," Lilac said. "He was a real tough matchup for teams. I don't think teams knew what to do with him, how to approach him. He was a great defender, too."

Four other Panthers made the all-star list, with Austin Pitt just missing out on a first team bid to lead the second team, while Levi Brewster, Will Bradley and Noah Chani were named to the honorable mention team.

Cambridge Central School's Ryan Jeskie made the honorable mention list, the lone Indian to make the teams.

On the girls' side of things, neither a Panther nor an Indian were named to the first team, but three Hoosick Falls players and a Cambridge player made the second team.

The sister duo of Rachel Pine and Kelly Pine, along with Carsen Williams, were selected for Hoosick Falls, while Sarah Cuddihy made it for Cambridge.

On the honorable mention list was Olivia Schneider and Megan Flynn, both for Hoosick Falls.

Mike Pierre of Hoosic Valley and Jenna Erickson of Tamarac were named the Most Valuable Players.

Hoosick soccer club

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Registration for the spring season of the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club continues until March 21.

The season runs from May 3 to June 7, with practices beginning a couple of weeks earlier. Sign up at

For more information, contact Laura at 518-944-4971 or at

Basketball Challenge in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- The 2nd annual Basketball Challenge will be held at Arlington Memorial High School on March 21 this year and is sponsored by the Fisher Parent Teacher Group.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children 12-and-under if purchased in advance. Tickets will be sold at the Fisher Main Office. On the night of the event, tickets will rise by a dollar.

For more information, email or call 375-6409.


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