On Wednesday, April 18th, Joe Robach hosted the East High Girls Basketball Team at his in Albany office. The East High School became the first Rochester City School District team to win a New York State Championship in Girls Basketball. The team was given a tour of the capital, and was in attendance for session. At the start of session, Joe Robach and the New York State Senate adopted a resolution honoring the achievements of the team this season, both on and off the court.
There was a long road for the East High School team to achieve the title of New York State champs. On Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, the 2011-12 East High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A title by defeating Averill Park by a score of 43-35. The Class A championship won by the 2011-12 East High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team was the first-ever girls basketball New York State championship captured by a Rochester City School District Team. In the competition leading up to the Class A championship game, the East High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team also defeated Pittsford-Mendon on March 2, 2012, by a score of 51-48 to win the Section 5 title. In addition, they defeated Grand Island of Section 6 in the quarterfinals, and Section 11’s John H. Glenn High School by a score of 66-49 in the semi final contest.
The Head Coach Mario Velazquez, and Assistant Coaches Lisa Turchetti and Ken Sutton, have done a superb job in guiding, molding and inspiring the 2011-12 East High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team members toward their goals.
Joe Robach’s office has hosted several state champion teams to Albany in the past but were very proud to host the very first girl state champ team from the Rochester City School District. For more information about the trip, please contact Joe Robach’s office.