Barrington Unified basketball wins state title
The Barrington High School Unified Basketball team won the Division III State Championship in dramatic fashion earlier this year — as a last second shot by an opposing player just missed, and the Eagles walked away with a 30-29 victory.
The championship game, which was played at Bishop Hendricken High School, pitted Barrington against Chariho, but also served as a great example of sportsmanship. According to Barrington High School Unified Basketball Coach Brian DeLaire, both teams played clean, well-executed games.
“Athletes from both teams were the only scorers as the partners took it upon themselves to allow the glory to go to the most deserving,” wrote Coach DeLaire in a recent e-mail.
Unified teams pair players with intellectual challenges with other high school student-athletes. The championship was Barrington’s second in the last four years.
The coach said Josh Linakas, Eli Porter, Ty Lyons and Rachel Rasnick were strong team leaders as the seniors on the Barrington squad.
“The highlight of the day was when both Barrington and Chariho celebrated together after the game,” wrote Coach DeLaire. “If you have yet to watch a Unified game, you may be missing competition in its purest form. The goal is to enjoy the game and have fun. The score is not the most important thing.”
Meghan Miller, Alexandra Hummel, Baylee DiMarco, Mikayla Linakis, Emily Schwartz, Niccolo Palmisano, Coach Mary Kate Rizzuto, Josh Linakis, Rachel Rasnick, Matt Hebert, Molly Coffey, Matt Finn, Austin Rojas, Natasha Baaklini, Austin Reed, Eli Porter, Ty Lyons, Coach Brian DeLaire, Annie Priolo, Eric Rosenlof, Sidney Skurkovich, Gwen Gibbons, Corey Daugherty, Coach Amy Benevides, Coach Jeanne Moura.