The Waterloo girls basketball program celebrated its 2023 state Class B championship with a ring ceremony on Friday, Dec. 22.
The ceremony occurred in the Waterloo High School gymnasium in between the girls junior varsity and varsity games against Penn Yan.
The 2022-23 Waterloo girls varsity team enjoyed an historic season that included a 28-1 overall record and winning the Section V Class B1, Far West Region Class B, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B and New York State Federation Class B titles.
Players on the 2023 team included current Waterloo High School students Emma Ansuini, Kamryn Bennett, Julianna Pehrson, Katelyn VanNostrand, Addison Bree, Hannah Harris, Khia Moody, Maci Mueller, Gwyn Panek and Tangel Williams and 2023 alumni Logan Amidon, Morgan Caraballo, Natalie DiSanto. Jazzmyn Lewis, Davontia Loucks and McKenzie Scutt.
“Everything that this program achieved was the result of hard work, dedication, and resolve that was displayed throughout,” head coach Michael Bree said. “There are so many people and businesses to thank that were behind the scenes of making this run so enjoyable for these girls and our community.”
Specifically, Bree thanked the following:
- The Waterloo Community for its support and camaraderie thhroughout, including the parade, welcome back event in the gym, ImageX putting up signage to return home to, the Pep Band and everyone who supported from afar..
- The Waterloo Girls Basketball Parents and Loved Ones for their unwavering support. “We asked so much of you and all the hard work and dedication that you had was a big reason why a state championship was obtainable,” Bree said.
- Jonah DiSanto for his help with advance scouting throughout the postseason.
- The 2022-2023 assistant coaches Jose Caraballo, Keisha Bree, Jimmy Panek and Ethan Pettengill. “Thank you so much for all your time and dedication to these girls.”
- The Finger Lakes Times and Spencer Tullis, FingerLakes1.com, Pickin Splinters, Primetime 585, and Steve Bradley for their positive coverage of the team and its accomplishments.
- Mike Ruiz, our announcer, for bringing so much energy to all sports, but especially to our postseason games as we advanced to the State Championship and Federation Tournament.
- Athletic trainer Cesar Nava.
- SueAnn and Tim Lincoln for attending every game, keeping the official scorebook, and all the positives that you have brought to the Waterloo girls basketball program over the years.
- The Waterloo Administration. “Thanks for organizing time for school pep rallies and helping make this run special.”
- Athletic Director Christal Kent for all the time spent behind the scenes working to make every moment as special as it was.
- Terri Bavis, Superintendent of Schools at the time, who put so much work in to make this run special.
- To Seneca Meadows, Inc. for their kind donation for the first-ever team state champion rings. A special thanks to Community Relations Director Mark Benjamin and District Manager Kyle Black for taking the time to ensure that the ring ceremony could happen.