Mayor Kevin Ryan presented the team with a certificate of recognition from the town for winning the 2017 Group 1 State Championship, Verona’s first state basketball title since 1957. “It is with great pleasure that the Mayor and Council of the Township of Verona congratulate your ability, through hard work and perseverance as a team, to achieve this great level of success,” the certificate read.
The members of the 2017 team are co-captains Jack Farrell, Travis Jocelyn and Zack Zaccone, players Robert Farley, Steven Gonzalez, Kevin Kistner, Wade Kistner, Mike Malanga, Greg Marlo, Austin Molan, Garrett Percevault, Andrew Siegelin, Zack Skrivanic, Rob Sorhaindo, Matt Zaccone, and Joe Zecchino. The team was coached by Eric McElroy and assistant coaches Justin Bruso, Greg Davidson, and Mark Rossi. The team managers were Chloe Conway, Demi Grillias, Carleigh Hoimark, and Rebecca Russamano.
But the team had an honor of its own to present. They gave a basketball signed by the entire team to William H. Horton, a team superfan known by one and all as “Uncle Billy”.