NEW CASTLE, Pa.—The people of New Castle celebrated Pennsylvania’s new state champs in basketball on Thursday with a downtown parade. The New Castle High Red Hurricane basketball squad captured the state AAAA championship in Hershey on March 22.
The team made history as it’s the first state title for the team. It was also a perfect season for New Castle.
Hundreds gathered in the cold rain on Thursday night as fire trucks, the high school marching band and police cars made their way through the streets to Kennedy Square.
Coach Ralph Blundo, a Westminster College graduate, led the parade. His pride reflects the sentiment of a city and school district.
“We are the absolute envy of every other school in the state of Pennsylvania because of you guys; not because we’re really good at basketball,” Blundo told the crowd in New Castle. “It’s because nobody during that state championship walked out onto that floor and saw a sea of black. Five thousand people — are you kidding me? — driving that far to Hershey to watch this team play? It was just an unbelievable experience for all of us.”