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Patriots’ Coveney faces tough choice

February 26, 2014
By JAMES A. ELLIS ( , The Leader Herald

GLENS FALLS - It wasn't on his mind when he stood at the foul line in the closing seconds of Tuesday's Section II Class B semifinal basketball game, but Jake Coveney had a decision to make after the Patriots' 44-42 upset victory over Hoosick Falls.

Where will he be Saturday?

On Feb. 16, Coveney, a junior, qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track and field championships in the 55-meter hurdles.

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Broadalbin-Perth’s Jake Coveney qualified for the state championships in indoor track in the hurdles and the Patriots advanced to the Section II Class B boys basketball championship game. Both events are scheduled for Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The meet also is scheduled for Saturday at Cornell University in Ithaca.

"We will work that out when we get there," he said after the qualifier.

Tuesday, there was no hesitation as to his decision.

"We are going with basketball on Saturday," the junior athlete said with a smile.

Coveney qualified for the state meet with a time of 7.91 in the hurdles second to Schalmont's Devon Willis' winning time of 7.88. Cobleskill-Richmondville's Nate Gerhardt placed third in 8.11 and is expected to inherit Coveney's spot on the Section II team.



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