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Seward Moravia

The Moravia boys basketball team poses for a photo with state Sen. Jim Seward Tuesday on the floor of the state Senate in Albany. 


The Moravia boys basketball team's victory tour stopped in Albany Tuesday. 

More than a month after the Blue Devils captured the state Class C championship with a 54-39 win over Lake George, the team was recognized by lawmakers at the state Capitol. 

Joining the players were Moravia Superintendent John Birmingham, Athletic Director Mike Anderson and Todd Mulvaney, the team's head coach. A resolution, which was approved by the state Senate in late March, was read and state Sen. Jim Seward, whose district includes Moravia, praised the team's achievement.

Seward, R-Milford, noted that it was the first time a team from the Moravia Central School District won a state championship.

"This team had a goal and they worked hard and they worked together to achieve it," he said in a speech on the Senate floor. 

The Blue Devils won its second consecutive Section IV, Class C championship in early March. The team's postseason run nearly ended one game later. 

Moravia faced Cooperstown in the Class C regional and trailed by 21 points early in the first quarter. The Blue Devils mounted a comeback and advanced to the state final four with a 66-59 win over the Hawkeyes. 

It was the Blue Devils' fourth appearance in the state final four since 2010. The three previous trips didn't go so well. The team failed to advance to the state title game. 

That changed this year. Moravia defeated Stony Brook 55-53 to secure a spot in the title game against Lake George. The Blue Devils defeated Lake George to capture its first state championship. 

The title wasn't the only state honor for the team this season. The Blue Devils were recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as a scholar-athlete team for the players' performance in the classroom. 

"The Blue Devils truly epitomize the term student-athlete," Seward said. 

Moravia's day in Albany included a pizza party and photos on the Senate floor. Assemblyman Gary Finch, who also represents Moravia, joined in congratulating the team.

Finch, R-Springport, sponsored a resolution in the Assembly that was approved last month. He singled out Mulvaney for leading the team to a state championship. 

"It starts with the coach," he said. "They can bring out the best and inspire these students." 

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.