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"A Celebration of Girls Basketball"

Posted Thursday, January 24, 2008 by Coach Jo

Welcome to the 15th annual PYA Night Night at Schreiber High School as the girls varsity team plays Mepham High School in a Conference 4 league game. When these 2 teams met on Dec. 18th, Mepham won by a score of 39-37.

PYA night is a celebration of girls basketball in the Port Washington community. The night was brainstormed 15 years ago by PYA Director Ron Henderson and varsity basketball coach Stephanie Joannon as a way for the girls in town and their families to attend a special evening of basketball cheering and supporting the Lady Vikings. The future of the Lady Vikings program rests with all the young girls now playing basketball in PYA, CYO or AAU.

The Lady Vikings are enjoying continued success even after the graduation of 8 players. This season the team has an impressive 8-4 record. The team is playing a total team game and you will see that here tonight.

Enjoy the enclosed pages of the great history and success of Lady Vikings basketball. See how many names you remember while enjoying the team of today.

This past Wednesday evening, the varsity girls gave back some of that knowledge and expertise in skills in the form of a basketball clinic for the PYA girls. This 2 hour clinic included stations on ballhandling, shooting, lay-ups, rebounding and defense. Each station was taught by a varsity member. The younger girls got to learn some skills from the varsity girls while also getting to know some of the girls personally. We hope the girls watching the game today will someday aspire to wear the blue and white uniform of Port Washington. And we hope you will a cheer loudly for the Lady Vikings!

Thanks to all the people who have given time to make this successful: Kevin Dermody, Marianne Simoni, , Dan Hickey, Pam McDonough and Chris Avazis. Thanks to all the PYA coaches at all levels kindergarten thru 7th grade. You give up your time to make the PYA program so successful. This year there is a record 268 girls in the program. And Ronnie Henderson, thanks so much.

Additionally, thanks to high school physical education/dance teacher Nancy Klotz and her Dance and Movement class for their help with face painting and giving out of the prizes, Phil in the Schreiber Print Shop for making the Lady Vikings notepads and Dave Albury and the best custodial crew in the universe!

Don’t forget !!!! At the end of the game the Lady Vikings will be available to sign autographs on your program. Collect them all!
Thanks, Coach Joannon (“Jo”)

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