First of all, a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone out there who celebrates. Two years ago I marched in the parade with my father-in-law (an Irishman from County Mayo) and his family. Today? I’m eating a bowl of oatmeal and watching “First Take” while writing to you all. I will do what I can to sport some green for tonight’s show to make up for it.
Anyway, the last LoHud team left standing, Blind Brook, will meet Section 2 champ Maple Hill on Friday at 1:30 p.m. There are plenty of fun facts to know about Maple Hill, a school outside of Albany located about an hour’s drive from Glens Falls. Its fans are dubbed the “Castleton Crazies.”
Maple Hill reached last year’s state championship game, where it lost to Avon of Section 5 61-55. It returns four of its top seven players from that team (and six of nine), including three starters, but the two players who were all-tournament in Glens Falls last year were both seniors.
Maple Hill is led by its 6-foot-5 senior Sean Danaher. He is a Division III-level player who leads the team with 13.4 PPG, 11.7 RPG and 3.6 BPG. As today’s feature in the Albany Times-Union notes, he has raised his game in the playoffs. There’s also a photo gallery with the story.
Danaher leads a roster populated with five 6-footers, including senior guard Christopher Despart (12.8 PPG) and senior forward Jake Jasiewicz (8.0 PPG). Despart hit the winning 3-pointer in an OT victory over Hoosick Falls in the Section 2 Class C championship. Here’s a look at Maple Hill’s full roster.
You can find out a good deal more about Maple Hill from this feature written back in December. It comes across clearly in the story that the team believed a return to Glens Falls was possible.
Here’s a look at how Maple Hill returned to the Civic Center:
— Section 2 final: Maple Hill 46, Hoosick Falls 45 (OT)
— Regional semifinal: Maple Hill 79, Brushton-Moira 58
— Regional final: Maple Hill 68, Ticonderoga 42