Bill McClare figured his squad’s breakthrough season was 2018, but the Gananda Blue Panthers fell to eventual state champion Avon in the Section V Class C1 finals.
“That was an eye-opening experience for the guys,” McClare said Thursday night by phone. “We went in and thought we had a solid team and then you go up against a team like Avon, pretty much all seniors. To them it was another game. To us, our hearts were beating a little faster I think. We couldn’t finish the deal where they were experienced team with a lot of talent.”
Friday afternoon, Gananda will take the field at Maine-Endwell High School in Binghamton, New York with a spot in the NYS Class C finals at stake.
McClare credits the four returning starters from last year’s squad for the current success.
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