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April 4, 2014

Tonawanda's Stich is 2013-14 boys basketball Player of the Year

Warrior's Ben Stich is the 2013-14 News boys basketball Player of the Year

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Tonawanda News — One of the most passionate and competitive players to ever put on a Tonawanda basketball uniform, Stich learned how to better channel his emotions on the floor and blossomed into the kind of captain and leader his team, and coach, knew they could count on in any situation.

Without question the emotional leader of the Warriors, Stich was fast to say he was thankful to have co-captain Connor Pumm and junior Tristan Boling sharing the load of leading the team.

“It definitely made it a lot easier. I think I realized it early in the year that I didn’t have to do everything. And I have Connor and Tristan (to be) the offense of the team and get the guys motivated,” said Stich. “Pumm did a great job being a co-captain and I think a great leader. Especially as the season went on. And Tristan definitely stepped up his game later in the year. He definitely became a leader throughout the year.”

Extremely flattered to take home the News Player of the Year award, Stich said the biggest thrill has been seeing Tonawanda basketball become respected once again. And to know that he was part of the rebirth of a program that has seen four consecutive winning seasons, two league titles and three trips to Buff St. in the past four years.

“It’s just nice to be relevant now,” said Stich. “I think coach Hughes does a good job of letting people know we’re not just hear to play the games. We’re here to win ‘em.”

“Every single day he focused on the little details. He’s another one that didn’t shy away (from the pressure). He gave it his all, all of the time. With Connor I think it really comes down to fact that he just has great character,” Hughes said.

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