Ichabod Crane faces adversity

Reprinted with permission from the Times Union

KINDERHOOK – Will Ferguson has experienced his share of ups and downs serving as both the boys’ basketball coach at Ichabod Crane and the Section II boys’ basketball chairman. It is difficult to fathom a more challenging first half of the season for the Riders.

Ichabod Crane stands a respectable 7-4 overall, which is quite remarkable considering the rash of devastating injuries that have befallen the team’s top players.

Senior forward Matt Ragosta, also a soccer star at the school, suffered a season-ending knee injury November 28.

During a game December 15 at Lansingburgh, forward Chad Salazar broke his leg and guard Christian Pesano suffered an ankle injury just minutes apart.

“What bothers me, more than anything, is the degree of the injuries,” Ferguson said. “I can understand three or four sprained ankles. I have never encountered anything quite like this.”

Ragosta’s season is done. Salazar, however, might be able to return next month. Pesano’s injury was thought to be worse, but he came back Friday and pumped in 25 points in a 56-24 win over Hoosic Valley.

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