Borough President Vito Fossella Announces Staten Island High School League Basketball Championship for Girls
Borough President Vito Fossella announced the first-ever Staten Island High School League Basketball Championship for Girls during a press conference in the gym at the Michael J. Petrides School.
There will be 13 high school teams participating in the tournament next season.
“I think it’s going to be great and I hope the girls here will enjoy it,” said Borough President Fossella. "It’s about not just the game itself, but about meeting others. Even though you may attend Notre Dame Academy, it’s important that you have friends at Moore, or Susan Wagner, or New Dorp, for example. It’s about coming together as a community, but making it fun and allowing you all to shine.”
For many years, there has been a championship tournament for high school boys, which was often attended by players from the girls’ teams.
"A few months back, right in this gym on a cold and blustery night, I remember coming to the championship game and this place was packed and rocking," he said. "It speaks to the popularity of the championship process and of the game itself. It’s just a fun, joyous occasion that we need for the girls, too.”
The players were called to the podium to say a few words.
“This is very exciting to do it for the girls,” said Danielle Willamsen, who who will be a a senior at St. Joseph-by-the Sea in the coming academic year. “Knowing the boys had this all these years, it’s exciting for us. Especially as a senior to go out with a bang like this. I’m sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere and I can’t wait."