On Sunday, the Panthers invited the town’s third and fourth-grade team to their practice, giving pointers to the next generation of Hoosick Falls athletes.

“They were super excited,” said Hoosick Falls Youth Center coach Chelsea Stevens. “It was just a great connection that they got to go and learn from them. And they really listened and really picked up on some stuff.”

Stevens, Peggy Pine and Kelly Pine coach the youth team. Stevens reached out to Hoosick Falls varsity coaches Rich Cooney and Kerry Branigan — who Stevens played under for two seasons as a member of the Hoosick Falls varsity basketball team in 2013 and 2014 — to set up the practice.

The high schoolers spent around 45 minutes leading the kids in layup and dribbling drills. Then, the youth team watched the Panthers scrimmage from the sidelines.

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