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7 high school teams declared ‘joint state champions’

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Seven Broome County high school sports teams were declared joint state champions today, after their seasons were cut short in March in the midst of competing in state tournaments.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said he wanted to recognize each team's hard work.

"For these guys it's tough, they had their last game they won, and then it was just like taken away from them," said Garnar. "So to be able to be recognized as the state champion like they were, obviously a lot of them are excited about it but it also gives them some closure to the season, which they didn't get any."

The Johnson City, Seton Catholic and Binghamton high school boys basketball teams were honored in the first ceremony. The Maine-Endwell girls basketball team, girls and boys bowling teams and Union-Endicott girls bowling teams were honored in the following ceremony.

All seven teams were competing in the New York state tournaments when the pandemic put an end to the winter sports season.

Union-Endicott bowler Ashley Cicciarelli said "I really appreciate them doing this they have honestly no idea how much it means to all of us." She added, "bowling has been my life constantly for the last 18 years so it was a really nice way to end the chapter."

Seton Catholic's Marcus Dyes reiterated that, saying " it was very nice to have the community come together and have an event like this. It was very needed and very uplifting for all of our spirits."

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