by Rob Tetro
In front of a respectful crowd that featured supporters from three other communities in attendance for the Hannibal Holiday Basketball Tournament, the Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano.
The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.
Both coaches began teaching at Hannibal High School in 1973. Sturges was a social studies teacher while Cianfarano was a chemistry and general science teacher.
Sturges was a basketball coach for 40 years. He spent 35 of those years as head coach of Hannibal’s boys team. Sturges also spent five years as an assistant basketball coach at SUNY Oswego.
He also coached modified cross country and track and field teams while at Hannibal.
Cianfarano coached the Hannibal girls team for 27 years.
While at Hannibal, Cianfarano also coached varsity softball for 25 years and varsity girls track and field for two years. He was also an assistant coach for the varsity girls soccer team for five years.
Before moving to the varsity ranks, Cianfarano also coached Hannibal’s girls junior varsity basketball team for a year and the Warriors modified football team for two years.
As a coach of three sports in Hannibal for 35 years, Sturges coached more than 500 athletes while Cianfarano coached 600 athletes during his tenure at Hannibal with 180 of those athletes were basketball players.
As coach of the Hannibal boys varsity basketball team, Sturges had a record of 462-290. Under Sturges, Hannibal won seven sectional titles, 13 league championships and 14 Holiday Tournament championships.
Hannibal also earned five regional appearances under Sturges, which included one appearance in the state semifinals.
Other accolades under Sturges included winning 51 games in a row at home while having 14 Scholar-Athlete Teams.
As head coach of the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team, Cianfarano won nearly 420 games.
One of those wins came when the Lady Warriors won a sectional title en route to a regional appearance.
Hannibal made at least six appearances in the sectional championship game under Cianfarano.
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