7 high school teams declared ‘joint state champions’

first_imgBINGHAMTON (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. 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.” All seven teams were competing in the New York state tournaments when the pandemic put an end to the winter sports season. 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. 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.” “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.”last_img read more

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Ronald Ray Johnson, 80

first_imgRonald Ray Johnson, 80 of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2019 at his home in Greensburg, Indiana, with his loving wife and sister-in-law at his side. He was born on February 5, 1939 to Earl Johnson and Garnet Cooley. Garnet married George Hendrickson on March 17, 1950.  His step-father was a great example and played a major role in raising him.Ron married Carolyn Miller in August of 1968.  They had three sons; Ronald Jr, Donald and Christopher.  Carolyn passed away in 1997.  Ron married Margaret Shields in July of 1999.  He embraced two step-sons, Joseph S. Shields and Wade M. Shields and a step-grandson Trever Shields.Ron was an outstanding athlete in football, and held a track record at Connersville High School.  He was a member of the only undefeated football team at Connersville High School.After graduating from Connersville High School in 1958, Ron joined the U.S. Army and served six years.  Upon completion of his military service, Ron began his forty year work career in Connersville.  Following that, he worked for the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department for eight years.  He then completely retired.Ron was always active in his community.  He was President of the Connersville Jaycees and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid golfer.  He achieved three hole-in-ones.  He was a dedicated bowler.  Ron also loved woodworking, gardening and yardwork.Ron was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Phyllis Dunn and step-son Wade.  He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, step-son Joseph, his step-father George Hendrickson, his sons Ronald Jr., Donald and Christopher, his sister Patricia (William) Laux, nephew Scott Laux, sister Myrtle Vaughn, brother Herb Kearns; four grandchildren Alex, Jenna, Elexa, and Trever.Thank you Lord for a life filled with many blessings.Visitation will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 11AM until the start of the Funeral Service at 1PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Graveside Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

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