Gloversville’s Philo to play for Queens

Harmony Philo, center, signs her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Queens College on Wednesday at Gloversville High School. Looking on are her grandmother, Paulette Lewek, mother, Heather Philo, sister, Annika Philo and Gloversville girls varsity coach Molly D’Arcy along with her grandfather, Jim Lewek, back row left, Gloversville Athletic Director Mike DeMagistris and father, Mike Philo. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — With more than 40 colleges interested in having Harmony Philo joined their squads, the sharp-shooting Gloversville High School senior finalized her choice.

Philo signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to attend and play basketball for Division II contender Queens College in Queens New York.

“It fits me academically,” Philo said. “I am going for exercise science and they have a very good program. The coach [Elizabeth Naumovski] has a good team and they are a winning program.”

The Queens Knights are members of the East Coast Conference and have opened their season with a 1-1 record.

Philo netted her 1,000th career point for the Lady Dragons last season and will join another Foothills Council 1,000-point scorer on the roster at Queens College.

“Lucy Tougas from Glens Falls goes to Queens and she was actually my host for my visit,” Philo said. “I like her a lot and look forward to playing with her.”

She will also join My’eesa Grant who transferred from Fulton-Montgomery Community College to Queens this season.

Philo finished her junior year at Gloversville averaging 22.5 point per game and led the Lady Dragons to a second-straight Section II Class A Final Four appearance and a 17-6 overall record while posting a 14-4 Foothills Council mark.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season and her plans set for after graduation, Philo is ready to get the season rolling.

“I feel a lot of pressure has been relieved for me but at the same time I am ready to go play,” she said. “We lost a lot of girls from last year, so we are trying to get it built back up and get the best season we can out of it.”

Coming up through the Junior Lady Dragons program and playing for area AAU teams, Philo had a lot of coaches and people who have helped her get to this point in her career.

“I want to thank all my coaches, my dad [Mike Philo] especially. He has coached me since I was little,” she said. “I have to thank everyone, especially my teammates, who have supported me to help get me to this point.”

Harmony is the daughter of Mike and Heather Philo of Gloversville.

By Paul Wager

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