Citing personal reasons, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons boys’ basketball coach Garry Horne has resigned from his post after guiding the Golden Knights to a level of success they hadn’t seen in years.
Horne spent four-plus seasons with the varsity team, and led the Golden Knights to the Section II Class A title in 2008, as well as two other semifinal berths.
His last three teams put together a 43-26 record, and his overall mark was 48-57.
“It’s tough to give up something you love, but I’ve got some things I need to take care of,” said Horne, who took over for Herb Crossman eight games into the 2004-05 season. “I’ve got to take care of my mom, who is staying with us now, and I have a son that I would like to watch play.”
Justin Horne is a promising sophomore guard at Guilderland, and competed with its junior varsity team this season.
“When you coach basketball, you spend so much time in the gym,” said Garry Horne, who works for the Albany County Sheriff’s Department. “I didn’t get to see him play enough. That’s going to change. I want to enjoy his high school career.”
Horne coached his other son, Brenton, who was a senior on the 2006-07 team that reached the sectional semifinals and went 13-9 overall. Bishop Gibbons upset Albany Academy in the Class A
final the following year and won a regional game as part of its 17-8 mark, and went 13-9 this past season with another semifinal appearance.
Before Horne’s run at ND-BG, the team hadn’t won a sectional title since 1994 (Class B), and hadn’t finished with a winning record since 1997.
“I wanted to turn the program around, and I did that,” Horne said. “The last three years, we won a lot of games and we placed third in the Big 10 each time. It was awesome. It was a lot of fun, and I worked with a lot of good people.
“I’ll still be involved in the program in some way. And at some point, I’ll probably get back into it full time.”
Horne took over a team with a 1-6 record in 2004-05, and though the Knights went 2-13 the rest of the way, one of those wins was against Schalmont in the first round of the sectionals. Bishop Gibbons went 3-18 the next season.
Spartans win two
HERKIMER — Emily Ostrom threw a four-hitter, struck out 14 and also tripled to lead Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a 2-1 non-league win over Windsor Sunday at the Mudville Complex. In the second game, Ostrom hit for the cycle, and Leanne Merchant homered and drove in five runs as the Spartans improved to 4-0 by routing Massena, 21-0.
Windsor 000 100 1 — 1 4 1
BH-BL 101 000 x — 2 6 1
Mullens, Martin (4) and Kamp; Ostrom and Merchant.
Massena 00 0 0 — 0 4 3
BH-BL 37(10) 1 — 21 20 0
Steever, Dennis (3) and Flaro; Palleschi and DuBois.
TROY — Troy Gargiulo scored two goals and set up two more, and Ballston Spa edged LaSalle, 9-8, in a non-league game Saturday for its first win of the season. Mike Boisvert had two goals and an assist for the Scotties (1-1), and Greg Dunlavey also notched two goals. Gary Valenti scored five goals for the Cadets (0-2).
Ballston Spa 1 1 4 3 — 9
LaSalle 1 2 2 3 — 8
Ballston Spa scoring: Mike Minervini 1-0, Greg Dunlavey 2-0, Mike Boisvert 2-1, Matt Clark 1-1, Troy Gargiulo 2-2, Van Huyben. LaSalle scoring: Jake Nelson 1-1, Pat Hussey 0-3, Austin Behrmann 0-1, Brett Bernardo 1-0, Gary Valenti 5-0, Charlie Reutemann 1-0.
Goalkeepers: Ballston Spa, Austin Rossi, 1 save; Matt Piombino, 4 saves. LaSalle, Sean Quinn, 9 saves.
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