Valley Central reaches first Section 9 final in 28 years (with video)

MONTGOMERY – Valley Central has reached a Section 9 championship game for the first time since 1987, which is cause for celebration from Maybrook, to Walden, to Montgomery.

But now the Vikings want to take it back to 1979. That’s the last time Valley Central has won a sectional title. The Vikings are within one win of history after beating third-seeded Pine Bush 68-47 in the semifinals of Section 9 Class AA tournament on Thursday.

This one was really never in doubt: Valley Central scored the first 13 points of the game and led 24-3 after one quarter. The second-seeded Vikings move on to play top-seeded Middletown for the Section 9 Class AA championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at SUNY Orange.

This is what Valley Central’s Savion Boissard and Kenny Gray had to say about the big win:

As usual, Valley Central was propelled by a balanced scoring attack. Brett Jennings led the Vikings (17-3) with 15 points, Savion Boissard added 14, Isaiah Boissard scored 13 and Gray had 12. Justin Powell scored 30 points for Pine Bush, trying to reach its first Section 9 final since 2000. He scored 32 points in a Class AA quarterfinal win over Washingtonville on Monday.

With the win, Valley Central advanced to its first Section 9 championship since it lost to Monroe-Woodbury in 1987 Section 9 Class A title game. The Vikings have never won a Section 9 championship. However, back in 1979, Valley Central took home a Section 1 title, defeating Pearl River in double overtime.

Valley Central coach Eric Bartle served as the Vikings’ gritty point guard that season. Back in 1979, the price of a postage stamp was 15 cents, a gallon of gas went for 86 cents and the average cost of a new home was $72,000.

Here is what Isaiah Boissard and Jennings said about Valley Central’s win:

Valley Central has now won 17 of 18. The Vikings lost back-to-back games to Newburgh and John S. Burke Catholic in mid-December. Since losing to Middletown 59-44 on Jan. 20, the Vikings have won 12 in a row.

Middletown (18-2) hasn’t lost to a local opponent all year. The Middies dismantled Roosevelt of Dutchess County 95-62 in the other Class AA semifinal on Thursday night.

Finally, we end with a shout out to Valley Central’s student section, which did a great job with its beach out theme. It made for a great atmosphere. And Pine Bush’s proud to be an American theme wasn’t bad, either.


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