Rockland vs. Abington Unified Basketball
March 13, 2019
When the high school basketball season ends, it is time for one more game: the annual Unified Basketball game. In the Unified game Rockland High School players join up with their Pathways teammates to take on arch-rival Abington!
This year once again there was plenty of action, many made and missed shots and even some defense. But more importantly, there was a lot of fun as Abington and Rockland went back and forth until Abington pulled ahead, getting the win this year.
On hand were RHS athletic director Gary Graziano who emceed the game along with Brenda Folsom, RHS Physical Education Director who organized Rockland’s unified team. The RHS students and basketball team members who assisted the Pathways players included: Ashley Murphy, Caroline and Julia Elie. Also assisting were Jenna Burns, Nicole Blonde, Hunter Wardwell, Rashaad Jean, Pierre Comeau, Deiontay Kelley, Pierre Kelley, Antonio Gilstrap, and Patrick Moriarty. Maggie Elie ran the scoreboard. Refereeing were Dante Vasquez, Tyler Beatrice and John Ellard.
Rockland’s Pathway players were: Jake Swanson, Justin Pendleton, Nick Cara, Luci Pumphrey, Saige Clauss, Cailin Sullivan, Emily Grandmont, Anthony DiNino, Alex Anzivino, Dillon Doyle, Brianna Conley.
Abington’s players included: Christopher Hagerty, Eddie Holmes, Kim Oberlander, Gretchen Wronski, Dylan Spring and Declan Burns.
Rockland’s varsity girls basketball player, Ashley Murphy explained why she likes to play in the unified games. “It gives kids the opportunity to participate in a real game. It provides the experience of competing with their friends, and have fun.”