NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - Ever since last year's state semifinals, the New York Mills boys basketball team has been on a mission to get back to Glens Falls and this time play for a state championship. Mills will face Chateauga in the semifinals Friday morning at ten.
"This has really been one of the best years of my coaching career, because these kids have worked so hard," said head coach Mike Adey. "We went undefeated in our league and we got to be #1 ranked with a group of kids that would've been happy to go 14-8."
"Going back to Glens Falls is always a great thing to do, it's going to be lots of fun even beforehand," added senior forward Fred Russ. "Knowing what happened last year is just going to motivate us."
The Marauders have lost just one game in their last 46 and are hoping to add two more victories this weekend and hoist their first state title in nearly thirty years.
"That would mean everything," said senior forward Jeff Albirght. "I've been on the team four years, every year that was our goal. It's just that one more step and I think we can do it this year."
With their success in recent years, three section titles and two straight trips to both the regionals and states, the Marauders have put the rest of NY on notice: That this little class D school is for real.
"It's a team effort, putting the town on the map, we just go out there and work hard every day," said Russ.
"It's fun, everyone thinks you're a school of 130 kids total, oh they're nothing we can handle them, and you go out and lose to them, that's kind of, the mind messes with you," added Albright.
This is Adey's thirteenth year at the Mills helm and says this team has what it takes to bring home the school's first state title since 1982.
"NY mills has a great tradition," said Adey. "This is small town america at its best. There's not too many teams that get led out and back in by the fire department every time we play a sectional or regional or state game."
If they do it, the Marauders can expect a huge celebration when they get back.