The Warwick Valley High School Boys’ Basketball Program and the Hall of Fame Committee inducted two former Wildcats into the Warwick Boys’ Basketball Hall of Fame on Fri., Jan. 30. The program paid tribute to Malcolm Boone and Albert Hall. The efforts, commitment and past accomplishments of these two men on the hardwood as former Wildcats helped shape the history of Warwick Wildcat basketball.
Malcolm Boone, a 2008 graduate of Warwick High School, was a two-year varsity player and starter (2006-08). He played under head coach Gary Vyskocil. Boone helped lead the Wildcats to Section IX play-offs in both his junior and senior year. He was one of the key players on the 2007-08 team, which finished with a 15-5 regular season record, one of the best records in Warwick history. During the 2007-08 season, Boone led the Wildcats in points scored, rebounds, blocked shots and dunks. He was also second in assists and third in steals for that season. Boone was selected as the 2006-07 Defensive Player of the year and during the 2007-08 season he was selected as the team Offensive and Defensive Player of the year. He was also named to the Varsity 845 All-Star team as a second team selection. He finished his career as the 13th all time leading scorer in Wildcat history with 574 points.
As a student in the Warwick Valley Central School District, Boone had perfect attendance for his entire school career; he never missed a day of class from kindergarten to his senior year. He won the Warwick Scholar-Athlete of the week award during both his junior and senior year. Boone graduated from Keystone University in 2012 where he played four years of basketball, the last two years as the team’s starting forward. After graduation from college, he played three seasons of professional basketball overseas in Germany.
His most memorable high school basketball moment was during his senior year while playing against Washingtonville High School. Late in the game, while bringing the ball up court against Washingtonville’s full court defensive pressure, he took the ball to the basket where he dunked over his 6’8 opponent to help secure the big win over the divisional opponent.
Albert Hall, a 2012 graduate of Warwick High School, was a two-year varsity player and starter (2010-12). He was the captain of the 2012-13 team. Hall played under head coach Tom Folino. Hall helped lead the Wildcats to the 2011 OCIAA Division II championship and Section IX play-offs. He led the 2012 team to a share of first place in the OCIAA Division II and another berth in the Section IX tournament. Hall was selected as the MVP of the 2011-12 team. He also won the Mr. Basketball and Outstanding Offensive Player award that season. He was selected to the BCANY Mid-Hudson All-star team and was also recognized as a BCANY Scholar Athlete. He was selected to the second team of the Varsity 845 Boy’s 2011-12 All-Star team. During his senior year he was the leading scorer with an average of 19.1 points per game along with leading the team in rebounding and charges taken. During the 2011-12 season he scored 361 points, which is the second most points scored in a season in Warwick boys’ basketball history He finished his career as the 20th all time leading scorer in Wildcat history with 500 points.
Hall was a two-year member of the Warwick High School National Honor society. He graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a major in supply chain and information systems. While at Penn State, he played on the intercollegiate football team for four years.
His most memorable high school basketball moment was during his senior year in a thrilling come from behind overtime victory over division rival Minisink Valley. Hall tied the game with six seconds remaining in regulation with a three-point shot and in overtime blocked the potential game winning shot at the buzzer.
Congratulations to both individuals on this outstanding accomplishment.
To nominate a former Warwick Wildcat basketball player for consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame, call Coach Tom Folino at 988-6564 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.