ROME, N.Y. — The CNY Pioneers, fielding a team of players representing Herkimer, Ilion and Little Falls, won their summer junior varsity basketball league’s championship Sunday at Rome Free Academy.
The Pioneers, coached by Joe Panko and Todd Ferri, defeated Notre Dame of Utica 68-66 in overtime in the championship game. The victory capped an eight-week season.
Members of the championship team included Preston Trumbull and Todd Hubbell of Little Falls, Josh Panko, Adam Klosner, Tyler Rhude and Cameron Perez of Ilion, and Nicholas Ferri, Derek Newman, Josh Wilcox and Andy Mason of Herkimer. All but Perez, who will be a sophomore this fall at Central Valley Academy, are entering their freshman year of high school.