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April 24, 2013

Danvers basketball team honored by Touchdown Club

DANVERS — The Touchdown Club of Danvers honored the two-time Division 3 state champion Danvers High boys basketball team last night at Timothy’s at The Village Green.

The team was treated to a meal, presented a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick recognizing their accomplishments, and had a chance to publicly view the team highlight film created by Danvers High student Anthony Pellino.

“There’s no place like Danvers. The support is overwhelming, and it’s one thing after another,” Danvers head coach John Walsh said. “This is a great thing for us — and the last one for us as a team together. It’s great to be honored by a club like this.”

The Touchdown Club was honored to host the Falcons again.

“It’s not every school that wins one state championship, so last year we honored the team and it’s a wonderful thing to do,” Touchdown Club Executive Board member Barry Robertson said. “This year we are actually a month late because they played the Saturday before the date we had them last year. We all had our fingers crossed that we could have a repeat performance, not only as a state champ but also here at the Touchdown Club.”

The event was another special moment for the Falcons, especially the seniors who had a chance to relive their two straight state titles possibly for the last time as high school students.

More than a month has passed since the Falcons defeated Smith Academy 66-50 at the DCU Center in Worcester, plenty of time for the magnitude of the accomplishment to sink in.

“I’ve been watching the highlight video like every night,” Danvers senior captain Nick McKenna said. “I just don’t want it to be over with because it’s been a pretty good run. It’s tough to be done with high school basketball, but it’s a good way to go out with back-to-back state titles.”

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