The end of a season.

This is probably the best year for Chenango Valley school spirit…ever.

– Bob Zanot, basketball & track head coach

It’s been quite a year for Chenango Valley athletics. At my latest count, CV appeared in six Section IV championship games this year (football, basketball, boys’ track, lacrosse, softball, baseball), and won three of them with baseball, basketball, and boys’ track.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of some of the most memorable moments of the year, almost always peering through the lens of a video camera, documenting a great year for the Warriors. From the start of the football season, way back in September, it was clear that it would be a great year for The Warrior Report.

We all were apart of the CV 12th Man, and all trekked up to Chenango Forks at 8:00a.m. for some tailgating before the Valley vs. Forks showdown that never for an instant disappointed any of the fans. We watched one of the most passionate high school football games in either schools’ history. The Chenango Forks Blue Devils have beaten the Chenango Valley Warriors 14 straight times since 1994…at football. Since the bad guys from across the river will no longer be coached by Kelsey Green (replaced by Dave Hogan, Green will be an assistant), those looking for another Green-Hope rematch for the ages next year will be disappointed. However, when CV wins against the Forks on Saturday, October 18th this coming season, Forks will still have Green as “the man behind the curtain,” so expect a good one.

During basketball season, the underrated Warriors soared to the top and made it all the way to the New York State Class B Final Four in Glens Falls. The team was led by future Binghamton University basketball star Matt Mullins (why haven’t they retired #34 at BU already?), three-point machine Chris Mack along with big Matt Bobal and sophomores Tommy Hull and Andy Fox who both prove that great basketball seasons will continue for the Warriors. The CV 6th Man showed up big this past season, especially during the big games against Seton and Lansing on the road to a Section IV title. The state quarterfinal against Hannibal was my favorite game of the year – Mack Hitting seven three-pointers, Mullins passing the 1,000 point mark, and CV’s hundreds of fans rushing the court to engulf the team after their big win.

I may do a lot of the work myself for the Warrior Report, but I need to thank those who help make this site what it is. Many thanks to Ed Backlund for being cameraman #2 at many of games. Thanks to Sting, Collin Herko and Tim Rogers for their amazing pictures featured on the site. Big thanks to Mr. Moyer, Mr. Hope, Mr. Zanot, Mr. Tidick and all the CV coaches and teachers who were so supportive of the site this year. Thanks to Matt Brennan of SouthernTierSportsNetwork.com for helping to promote the site and bring excellent online broadcasts of all the great CV games. Special thanks to all the athletes that did interviews, answered questions and gave me critical info so I could relay it to you the fans.

Most of all, I would like to thank you. The CV fans that make reporting on games fun and exciting, and always create a great atmosphere for Chenango Valley’s best to compete. Everyone have a great summer, and check back in August (or sooner) for football preseason previews. I can guarantee that this year’s football coverage will be better than ever.

Everyone have a great summer…

AND GO WARRIORS!

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