Double the celebrations for Irondequoit boys basketball squad
Irondequoit, N.Y. - For Irondequoit High School, it was a Sunday for the history books. And it had the celebrations to match.
The Eagles captured their school's first ever state title for boys basketball, a 54-43 win over Our Lady of Lourdes.
Irondequoit had a mountain of support who made the trip to Binghamton. So it was fitting that, immediately following the victory, the players ran to the stands, celebrating with the Eagles faithful (check out the video captured by 13WHAM's Toby Motyka below).
Hours later, a mini parade in the team's honor, this time back in Irondequoit.
Hundreds of fans lined parts of Cooper Road outside the high school, then swarmed the bus as the players set foot on home turf.
"It's unreal, like still surreal feeling. Seeing all these people lining the streets and at our school is great," said point guard Zach Stenglein. "It showed how much the community cares about us as a team. We've put in so much time and they really support us through everything we've done this season."
Longtime coach Chris Cardon, who has 400 wins under his belt, agreed.
"I've heard from so many people. Just having all these people turn out on a Sunday afternoon, it was just very touching. Very touching," said Cardon.
"I think it's a shared reward for everybody. We've had a lot of really good teams," said Cardon. "This is the top of the mountain, and we've had a lot of help getting up there, as you can see today."