Reasons to celebrate community pride do not always abound in the City of Niagara Falls.

This week — and throughout the entire season — the Niagara Falls Wolverines boys basketball team has done its part to lift the spirits of not only the high school and the school district, but the community as a whole. 

This year’s version of the Wolverines will represent the city and their school during the state semifinals in Binghamton this coming weekend. 

The team earned an opportunity to win a state championship by defeating Section V champion McQuaid, the same team that knocked the Falls out of last year’s postseason with a victory in regionals. McQuaid also defeated Niagara Falls in a meeting earlier this year, 76-69.

This year’s trip to the state semifinals is the first for the Wolverines since 2008-09. It’s also the first for basketball coach Sal Constantino, who is now in his ninth season guiding the boys squad.

The Wolverines were knocked out in the Far West Regionals in each of their previous four trips under Constantino. The success of this year’s team is a real credit to the hard work, commitment and perseverance of Constantino, his staff and the players. 

All eyes will be on the Wolverines when they play Section III champion West Genesee at 5 p.m. today in the state semifinals in Binghamton. A win sets up the chance for Niagara Falls to bring home the state championship during the finals game on Saturday night.

Win or lose, Coach Constantino, all of his players, their parents, the fans, high school students, faculty and alumni should take great pride in what they’ve accomplished already this year.

Of course, ideally, we would all like for this year’s Niagara Falls Wolverines boys basketball team to bring home a state championship so all those involved — and the community as a whole — can do some serious celebrating. 

As they head into their big game, we encourage all of our readers and residents in the Falls to join us in wishing the 2018-19 Niagara Falls boys basketball team all the success they richly deserve. 

Go Wolverines!