Story by Luke Segota
The Warwick Boys’ Basketball Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony on Sat., Feb. 10 between the junior varsity and varsity games against James I. O’Neill High School in Warwick, NY. Three new members were inducted into the Hall of Fame and the names were announced by Athletic Director Gregory Sirico.
The first new member of the Basketball Hall of Fame was Warwick Class of 1978 graduate Chris Andre. He served as captain during his last two varsity seasons at Warwick. Andre also led his team in free throws, rebounds and shooting percentage and averaged over 12 points a game.
Andre’s list of accomplishments on the court included holding records after graduating from Warwick Valley High School (WVHS) including most blocked shots in a game with 10, a free-throw shooting percentage of 85%, as well as playing on the OCL All County All Star Team. Andre has fond memories of the game, as he was the first player to dunk during the OCIAA All-County Exceptional senior game that was held at SUNY Orange.
The second inductee, a more recent graduate, was Gavin Hannah of the Class of 2010. During his junior and senior years, Hannah and the Wildcats played in the Section IX Tournament. The 2009-10 team finished as runner up in the OCIAA Division 2 Championships.
Hannah, a decorated player, acquired an Offensive Player of the Year title as well as earning an impressive 557 points during his basketball career, landing him a spot as the 15th all-time leading scorer. With an average of over 13 points and seven rebounds per game, Hannah led his team in both categories during both his junior and senior years.
He also received the title of MVP at the Jim Taravella tournament and played on the 2009-10 BCANY Section IX Class AA All-Star Team. Hannah even managed to shoot 24 points and get 14 rebounds against the powerhouse Section IX team from Kingston High School during his junior year.
The third inductee is a well known name in Warwick, WVHS Coach Tom Folino. Coaching in the boys’ basketball program for 25 years and a two-year varsity player, Folino graduated from WVHS in 1976. Having played in a Section IX Championship game against Nanuet (1974-75), he led his teams to a number of Section IX games and Division 2 tournaments.
As coach of the varsity boys’ team, Folino was chosen to receive the Jim Taravella Memorial Coaches Award for the 2016-17 season. For 17 years Coach Folino held the Coaches versus Cancer Warwick Basketball Classic Tournament and as the director, he helped to raise awareness and funding for cancer research, a noble feat.
Folino has fond memories, having served as coach and gym teacher for WVHS for decades, especially coaching his 2010-11 team to a victory against Minisink Valley for the Division Championship in a packed WVHS gym.
Also honored at the induction ceremony was WVHS graduate Shane Tanzosh. Tanzosh passed away in 2016 due to a congenital heart disease, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). The Shane Edward Tanzosh ARVC Heart Foundation was set up by friends, family and others who suffer from this disease to remember him by and to collect donations in order to fund research. A short presentation on this rare condition was presented to all those who attended the ceremony and games and all were encouraged to donate to the foundation.