The Top Spot:
The high school basketball season wrapped up over the weekend as the boys and girls claimed state champions in each class.
State Championship Results:
Class AA Boys Basketball:
Mount Vernon added another state championship trophy as they beat Aquinas 61-57 Sunday afternoon.
Class A Boys Basketball:
Tappan Zee shocked everyone when the Dutchmen defeated the much bigger Jamesville-Dewitt team on Friday 55-46, but the quest for a state title came up short as the team fell in the Class A Championship on Sunday to Harborfields 77-66.
In the defeat Pat Peterson led the team with 20 points and Joe Leitzia added 14 as the Dutchmen end the year 25-1.
Class B Boys Basketball:
Bishop Ludden beat Watervliet 43-42 Saturday for the Class B title.
Class C Boys Basketball:
Tuckahoe finished the season perfect as the defeated OTC Middle College of Buffalo Saturday77-66. At 25-0 the Tigers proved to be one of the most dominant teams in the state all season long.
Once again senior Sky Williams led the team in scoring with 37 points and after the game he was named the tournament’s most valuable player this year. Justin Nolan and Shyheim Nixon each scored 15 points and Mark Raymond scored 10 and had 10 rebounds in the victory.
Class D Boys Basketball:
Sackets Harbor defeated Madrid-Washington 49-35 for the Class D Championship on Saturday.
Class AA Girls Basketball:
Ossining took their first loss of the year as the team fell 79-51 to Cicero-North Syracuse in the final four 79-51.
Class A Girls Basketball:
Pearl River fell to in the state semifinals on Friday night. The Pirates held a slim lead in the final minutes but Averill Park finished the game on a 9-1 run and advanced to the state title with the victory.
The Pirates finished the year 22-3 and Chirsta and Marisa Scognamiglio led the way as they each picked up 13 points in the team’s final game.
Class B Girls Basketball:
The Bulldogs wear green and on St. Patrick’s Day Irvington won the state title after beating South Jefferson 69-42. Brittni Lai led the team with 25 points.
College Sports Notebook:
Henriquez, Kansas State Fall to Top Seeded Syracuse
Junior forward Jordan Henriquez of Port Chester came up big in the third round of the East Regional in the NCAA Tournament, but top-seeded Syracuse (33-2) proved too tough to conquer.
Henriquez, a 6-foot-11 forward out of The Winchendon (MA) School, collected a game-high 17 rebounds, helping the Wildcats enjoy a 41-32 advantage off the boards.
Henriquez also scored 14 points and dished out three assists in a valiant effort.
However, Scoop Jardine had 16 points and eight assists to lead top-seeded Syracuse to a 75-59 victory over the eighth-seeded Wildcats in the third round of the East Regional.
Dion Waiters added 18 points for the Orange (33-2), who will meet either Vanderbilt or Wisconsin in Boston on Thursday night in the regional semifinals.
Rodney McGruder of Washington, DC, added 15 points for the Wildcats (22-11), who struggled from the field against Syracuse's 2-3 zone defense.
Among those in the crowd at Consol Energy Center was Vice President Joe Biden, who went to law school at Syracuse.
This is Syracuse’s 17th appearance overall and third straight in the round of 16.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, whose 889 wins rank third on the Division I list behind Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight, earned his 47th NCAA tournament victory, tied with John Wooden for fifth place.
- Sean Kilpatrick of White Plains had several big plays, big buckets and big free throws down the stretch last night in Nashville, TN, as the University of Cincinnati outlasted Florida State, 62-56, to earn the final berth in the sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Kilpatrick, an alum of Notre Dame Prep, finished with 17 points and six rebounds for the Bearcats (26-10), who advance to the East regional semifinals against Ohio State on Thursday in Boston, MA. In a second-round game, the Bearcats beat Texas, 65-59, as Kilpatrick scored eight points, with six assists, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot for good measure.
- A day after losing two games to SUNY Cortland, the Purchase College baseball team swept St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn, 3-1, 7-3 at Silver Lake Park in West Harrison. Ken McQuade of Mamaroneck went 1 for 2 with an RBI in the opener, while Leo Francisco of Bedford Hills went 0 for 1 as a pinch-hitter, and Mike Marrone of Pleasantville went 0 for 2 as a designated hitter. McQuade had another RBI in the second game, going 2 for 3, and Frank Fiamura of Port Chester went 1 for 3 with an RBI. The Panthers visit Lehman College in the Bronx on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
- Senior right-hander Matt Marotta of Suffern tossed eight strong innings, allowing just two earned runs, to earn the win as the St. Thomas Aquinas College baseball team defeated Southern New Hampshire, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader at Provident Bank Park (PBP) in Pomona. The Spartans were outgunned in the nightcap, falling 12-1 as SNHU took three of the four games in the weekend. STAC (ranked No. 8 in the East Region NBCWA poll) stands at 11-7 overall while the Penmen (top-ranked in the region) are 16-2. Infielder Frank Salerno of New City and Clarkstown South had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for the Spartans, who return to Provident Bank Park on Wednesday when they host rival Dominican College at 3 p.m. Then travel to Caldwell (NJ) College on Thursday, before returning home to begin their East Coast Conference schedule with a twin-bill against Dowling College at PBP on Saturday, with the first pitch set for noon.
Weekly Sports Poll:
sports poll dealt with the NCAA Tournament, and already this year’s race to the championship has provided us with stunning upsets and shocking finishes.
All of the number one seeds are still alive and according to the votes nearly half of the people feel that Kentucky has the best chance to win it all.
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