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He’s The MVP!


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BOUND FOR THE HOOP: Cody Bojo of Delaware Valley, right, looks to shoot the ball against Evan Kraack of Narrowsburg in a Class D quarterfinal game last month. The Eagles were eliminated by Narrowsburg in this game. Behind Bojo are Chad Powell and Bruce Nober.

Bojo Is The Coaches’ Choice

By Frank Rizzo
April 7, 2000 -- Callicoon — So you played for a team which finished fifth in the league and barely made the playoffs.
And you’re talking to your coach’s daughter, who asks you to guess whose name is engraved on the Western Sullivan League (WSL) boys’ basketball most valuable player plaque.
If you’re Cody Bojo, the reaction would be one of shock.
WSL coaches bestowed a rare honor on Delaware Valley’s Bojo, picking as MVP a member of a squad which was not even in contention.
Not only was this unprecedented in recent history, it spoke volumes about Bojo’s abilities.
Delaware Valley coach John Hubert had no doubts about his 6-foot-4 center’s value.
“I think he helped our team the most,” said Hubert. “Without him I doubt we could have gone anyplace.”
Added Hubert, “Cody’s very coachable and helped a lot of the other guys along. He’s got a darn good shot and is a very good rebounder.”
Bojo improved every aspect of his game, according to Hubert.
“He kept us in games, and even the ones we lost, Cody made ’em close,” praised Hubert, who singled out the February 24 game against Eldred, a 72-52 “must win” for the Eagles.
Bojo scored a season high 31 in that game, which clinched a sectionals spot for DV, and in the 14 league games tallied 297 points for a 21.2 average.
Said one of Bojo’s admirers, Jeff-Youngsville coach Rick Ellison: “As far as talent, Cody can take over any game he wants to. He’s probably the most purely talented player in our league.
“He can shoot from the outside, and if you go guard him outside he can drive past you,” Ellison added. “He’s a good leaper and handles the ball well.”
Tri-Valley coach Jason Semo noted, “Cody probably had the most potential to dominate in his position. He was very versatile for his size.”
With a Little Help From…
If he were to do an Oscar-type thank-you speech, Bojo would give acknowledgements to the following:
His coach: “Mr. Hubert brought me up in my sophomore year when I didn’t think I was ready to play, and he’s pushed me in practice.”
His brother Richard, a 1996 graduate of Delaware Valley: “He taught me everything. I played against him at our house.”
Nick Shursky, a 1995 DVCS grad: “Nick has helped me on and off the court. He’s helping me get on a weight training program for college.”
And finally, of course, his supporting cast of teammates.
Bojo hopes to play at either Herkimer or Schenedectady Community Colleges.
The senior also plays football and baseball for the Eagles. He is the son of Sharon Bojo of Callicoon.



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