Albany High imprint on 2019 upstate basketball honors
N.Y. (May 7, 2019) -- Syracuse basketball coach
Jim Boeheim will be in good company when he joins the Upstate New York
Basketball Hall of Fame on May 19.
Boeheim’s 2019 classmates will include City School
District of Albany Hall of Famers Elander Lewis and Paul Lyons, along
with longtime district employee Derek Johnson. Lewis and Johnson were
teammates on Albany High’s renowned 1986 Section 2 championship team –
the “High Slamma Jamma” Falcons, which Lyons coached.
The induction dinner will be May 19 at the Hilton
Garden Inn in Troy, with a reception at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $75. To RSVP, call (518) 877-5170.
information, please visit the
Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame website.
Lyons coached the 1986 team to one of his eight
sectional championships in a 31-year career in which he accumulated 515
wins and a 75% winning percentage. He was a member of the district’s
Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Lewis was a member of the district’s Hall of Fame
Class of 2018. A 1986 Albany High graduate, Lewis averaged 22 points as
a senior and was one of the top basketball recruits in the country. He
went on to play at St. John’s in the heyday of the Big East, and later
at Virginia Commonwealth.
Johnson, also a 1986 graduate, averaged 19 points as
a senior and joined Lewis as a first-team Capital Region all-star
selection that season. His 16 points led the Falcons in their memorable
sectional championship win over Shenendehowa.
Johnson serves as a home school coordinator at Giffen
Memorial Elementary School, and also as the Albany Common Council
representative from the Second Ward.
He leads the popular Basketball 'N Books program on Saturday mornings at
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High