Good job by our columnist Rick Carpiniello today. Carp dug into the pride of this all-Rockland Class A final matchup between No. 1 Spring Valley and No. 7 Tappan Zee and guess what? It is the first all-Rockland championship game in Section 1 boys basketball history.
For these teams, it’s even more. Their third meeting. The first Rockland Section 1 champ (it’s locked up, we just don’t know who will win!) since Nyack in 2001. The first Rockland team in a final since 2006. A chance for TZee’s first championship. A chance for Spring Valley’s first championship since 1996.
But trust me, Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess fans: You have your Mount Vernon-New Rochelle or Woodlands-Pleasantville games, but to just about every person in Rockland County this is the game of Championship Week. The rest pale in comparison.
Rockland boys hoops have taken a lot of shots in recent years, so this Class A final will bring an overwhelming sense of pride. People in Rockland root for all of Rockland to succeed. For them, there is no bigger game than this.