Post Season Awards
Congatulations to All the Hurricane players and coaches on having a perfect season. Some of the 'Canes picked up some post season
Dale Menendez -- All-Long Island
Jermain Hollman -- All-Long Island
Bronson Martin -- All-County
Jason Ritche -- All-League
Duane Sanders -- All-League
Mike Ford -- Hon. Mention All-League
Jeremy Liggon -- Hon. Mention All-League
Rich Wrase -- Suffolk County Coach of the year.
Congraduation to the 1997-1998 Westhampton Beach Hurricanes who became the best team in the state by beating St. Mary's and Wadleigh to
become the New York State Federation Class B State Champion. The Canes led by seniors Jermain Hollman, Dale Menendez, Jason Ritche and Mike Ford are the only undefeated boys basketball team in the state!!
The Westhampton Beach Boys basketball team captured their first New York State public school championship by
beating defending champion Westhill 56 to 36.
State Federation Championship PreviewJason Ritchie, Bronson Martin, Jeremy Liggon, Mike Ford and Mark
Green live on Hazelwood Avenue, just off Montauk Highway and a short
walk from Westhampton High School. Four of the five also happen to be
key contributors to the Hurricanes boys basketball team's incredible
success this season.
Their presence lends credence to coach Rich Wrase's boast that his
is a neighborhood team, a remarkable fact considering Westhampton is
coming off its first state public schools Class B championship.
The season is not over yet for Westhampton, though. The Hurricanes
(26-0), who can lay claim to being the best public school team on Long
Island this season, will face the top CHSAA team on the Island - St.
Mary's (21-4) - in tomorrow's Class B semifinal of the state
Federation tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
"I guess we are going to find out who's better - the public
schools or the Catholic league," Wrase said. "Our teams are similar. The
only thing that I find a little different is most of the St. Mary's kids
are not from Long Island. My kids are neighborhood kids. The St. Mary's
kids belong to the United Nations."
Wrase has a point. The Gaels' 6-8 center, Joakim Eriksson, is from
Sweden and versatile 6-6 Brice Petit is from France. St. Mary's coach
Tim Cluess admits as much. He also sees it as a plus for the Hurricanes.
"My kids have been playing together for five months," he said.
"Westhampton has been together five years."
That said, the matchup will be one of the best this season. Both
teams feature fantastic point guards and fine inside play. Look for each
team to run. Defense, however, may be where the game swings. Eriksson
(12 points, 8 rebounds) makes it difficult for guards to penetrate with
his long reach. But the Hurricanes can counter with 6-5 Jermain Hollman
and a defensive unit that traps without mercy.
"Their pressure is a big key," Cluess said. "If you turn the ball
over a lot, they will turn it into easy points. We think if we shoot the
ball well and keep turnovers down we will be right there with them."
The game should come down to each team's backcourt. Sophomore point
guard Joel Suarez (19 points, 5 assists) and 6-4 junior guard Jim
Frauenberg, who has scored 41 points over his last two games, lead the
Gaels. The Hurricanes will rely on senior point guard Dale Menendez, who
scored 19 in the title game to earn the state Class B tournament MVP
award, and Martin, a sophomore with long range.
"I told my kids this is a nice opportunity to showcase their
talent," Wrase said. "It's great to get to go back to Glens Falls."