The Tartans are riding a high and it looks like they won’t be coming down anytime soon if the local community has its way.
In the days since the Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball team capped a perfect season, walking off the court with a slew of titles it didn’t have just one year ago, parents and community officials have been busy finding ways to make the victory last just a little bit longer.
“When I go into the village, people are constantly asking me what are we going to do for the kids? They all want to throw a parade,” said Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg.
Since the village doesn’t exactly have the budget to throw a whole new parade, it’s decided to celebrate the boys at its upcoming and popular Memorial Day parade, which kicks off the evening of May 21 on Mohawk Avenue. Some parents and fans are considering building a float that would carry the team and feature the school’s lively pep band at the annual event.
The Scotia-Glenville All Sports Booster Club met Wednesday night to finalize plans for the boys, who picked up a Class A sectional title, a New York State Class A regional title, a Class A state title and finally a Class A Federation title all in one season.
In addition to helping with parade details, the Booster Club is hoping to install signs at four entrances to the village that will highlight the team’s achievements.
Meanwhile, both the village and the town are planning to celebrate the boys’ team with a celebratory proclamation at their respective board meetings next month.
“We’re very excited and proud of this accomplishment,” said Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle. “I’ve been getting a few emails from people saying we should do something for them. The town of Glenville is blessed to have a couple of great school districts. This is a big deal for Scotia-Glenville. It’s a big deal for the town.”
Community officials are having a hard time remembering the last time school spirit was so rampant. The team has even been invited down to the Capitol by state Assemblyman James Tedisco to be recognized on the floor of the Assembly and honored with a resolution.
The feeling in the community is a mix of amazement and pride, said Nina LeMorta, mom to Tartans senior Dom LeMorta.
“I can’t say we’re surprised that it happened because last year when they lost they were in the gym the very next day vowing to get right back to it, so we knew that their work ethic was there,” she said.
LeMorta and two other parents are organizing a community mixer for Sunday, April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the high school gymnasium to honor the team, but also to inspire the younger kids in the school district. They will be selling T-shirts and encouraging kids and young basketball enthusiasts to show up and get autographed team photos.
“We’re pushing to have the elementary schools send their younger basketball fans out to see the boys, shake their hands, get their autographs and take pictures with them,” said LeMorta. “But we also except a good amount of alumni from Scotia-Glenville, who have been following these boys all the way, to show up. I know they’re extremely excited for them. One alum actually flew in from Florida for one of the Federation games.”
Anyone is invited to the mixer, she added. The cheerleading team and the Scotia-Glenville Perfect Pitch Precision Pep Band will be there to help rile the crowd.
Even though the team made winning look easy this season, LeMorta believes the kids coming up through the district have any number of lessons to take away from the season.
“Before every game, I would say to my son, ‘If you lose today, just know that you’ve accomplished so much already,’ ” she recalled. “And he would always say, 'We’re not going to lose.’ They knew what they were going for. They set a goal and worked hard to achieve it. So we’re trying to capture the moment and not let it run away because it’s a very uncommon occurrence.”