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(Stafford Trueheart was named NYS Co-Player of the Year in Class A / Photo by James McCoy) Class AA Third Team: James Rojas (Jamestown) Fourth Team: Maceo Jack (Williamsville North) Fifth Team: Breon Harris (Niagara Falls) Ninth Team: Qeyion Williams (Niagara Falls) & Alex Konst (Lancaster) Tenth Team: Nathan Nielson... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Gary Foster was named New York State's Player of the Year in Class C / Photo by Harry Scull) Class B First Team: Elijah Ramadhan (Olean) & Takal Molson (St. Mary's) Second Team: Ben Eckstrom (Olean) Third Team: Tavien Kemp (Walsh) Fifth Team: Patrick Moore (Fredonia) Eighth Team: Jake Cavana... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Photo by Harry Scull) In nine seasons on the local high school hoops scene, there are some select moments that have a special place and stand out in my mind. My favorite one from the 2016 season happened late on a Saturday night in Glens Falls, after watching seven consecutive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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First Team All-Centercourt Stafford Trueheart - Canisius, Senior 20.8 PPG / 10.5 RPG / 2.7 APG / 2.5 BPG The 2016 CC MVP and a First Team All-Centercourt selection for the second consecutive season. A dominant high school player who always delivered the biggest moments in the biggest games. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Photo by James McCoy) He was called up to the varsity squad during his freshman season in 2013 and showed some encouraging flashes. A long & energetic player, it was fascinating to wonder what his game could become years down the road. By the time his sophomore season began, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Canisius & Park were WNY's top two all season / Photo by Harry Scull) As a pollster for the Buffalo News, I'm asked to send in my weekly ballots ranking the top ten large and small schools. This is the last time I'll vote this season, so these ballots represent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Park's Kyle Harris and Falls' Qeyion Williams are two of the 20 all-stars playing on Thursday / Photo Buffalo News) The all-star games are Thursday night at Niagara Falls High School. Admission to the games is $5 with proceeds going to Niagara PAL. Below are the rosters, after over 110... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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The final state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the Far Western Region teams that made the cut: Class AA Aquinas #2 Fairport #15 Class A Canisius #2 Park #6 Williamsville South #15 Batavia #16 Amherst #17 Pittsford Sutherland #18 Greece Athena #20 McKinley... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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You think it's easy to come up a top 60? How about about separating it into a top 25 first? Give it shot. Five teams, with five players on each team, and another 35 players for honorable mention. In about three weeks, the 9th Annual All-Centercourt Team will be announced,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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Tryouts for the annual PAL/ACE high school basketball All-Star game will be held at Niagara Falls HS, 4455 Porter Road, on Tuesday, April 5th. There will be two sessions of tryouts: Freshmen & Sophomores - 5 pm - 6:30 pm Juniors & Seniors - 6:30 pm - 8 pm **... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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2016 Hilbert College Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camps Announced Hilbert College has announced dates for its 2016 Boys Summer Basketball Camps. Now in its 37th year and still one of the only overnight basketball camps in Western, NY - this summer’s camps are again expected to be sold-out. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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The following was written and sent to me by Darren Fenn, a 14-year professional basketball player, member of the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame, and Buffalo News 1997 Player of the Year. As basketball season ends in the coming weeks, it's time for serious and dedicated players to reflect,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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MONSIGNOR MARTIN ASSOCIATION Class A Player of the Year: Stafford Trueheart - Canisius, 12 All-Catholic Jordan Nwora - Park, 12 Quinton Lamar - Timon, 12 Kyle Harris - Park, 12 Will Atkinson - Canisius, 12 William Lamar - Timon, 11 Naseer Jackson - St. Joe's, 11 Class B All-Catholic Charles... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Olean Huskies - 2016 NYSPHAA Class B State Champions) When discussing the banner high school basketball programs in WNY, one of the first names that will come up is Olean. The Huskies, under head coach Jeff Anastasia, have become one of the most storied teams in WNY, with a record... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Middle College Kats - 2016 NYSPHAA Class C State Champions) In my 2016 season preview, I predicted a Middle College state championship in Class C this year. The Kats returned all five starters, along with their sixth man from a team that, in my opinion, underachieved in 2015 when they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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Troy 78, Williamsville South 39 The greatest season in school history for the Williamsville South Billies, ended with a trip to Glens Falls and a lackluster performance that left the team facing a steep deficit for most of the game. "I told the guys today was on me, obviously we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Elijah Ramadhan and Olean will play for a state championship / Photo by Steve Jacobs) Olean 58, Hudson 38 My coverage of Olean this season began with a preseason forecast that the Huskies would reach Glens Falls. On December 13, 2015, I tweeted that Olean would arrive in Glens Falls... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Gary Foster drives against AuSable Valley / Photo by Steve Jacobs) Middle College 75, AuSable Valley 51 Just seven minutes into the NYSPHAA Class C state semifinal, Middle College had already gotten scoring from all five starters, along with its first man off the bench, and had a 17-4 lead.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Chris Blose and Panama fell short in the NYSPHAA Class D State Semifinals / Photo by Harry Scull) Moriah 62, Panama 59 Josh Odell scored a game-high 26 points for the Panthers and shot 6 of 13 from behind the arc in the process. Panama built a double-digit lead before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Jordan Buell lets the game-winning 3-pointer fly, which sent the Billies to Glens Falls / Photo by Harry Scull) Class A: Williamsville South 53, Batavia 51 The Billies got a 3-pointer from Jordan Buell with 10 seconds left to advance to the state semifinals - the school's first ever appearance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Middle College's Gary Foster and the rest of the Kats are back in the Far West Regional / Photo by Harry Scull) Williamsville South 52, Amherst 42 Greg Dolan's basket in the closing seconds of the opening quarter gave the Billies the lead for good, as South earned a return... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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Canisius 60, Park 58 - OT For the sixth time in the last eight seasons, the Crusaders are Manhattan Cup Champions. For head coach Kyle Husband, who has guided the team to each of those championships, the victory was the 250th of his career. Stafford Trueheart, who finished with 15... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(South sophomore Greg Dolan led his team to another Section VI crown with an MVP performance / Photo by Harry Scull) Section VI All-Tournament Teams are selected based on games played during the semifinal and championship rounds of sectionals, and do not include crossover or quarterfinal rounds. Click here to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Amherst returned to the top of Class A2 this season / Photo by Harry Scull) Class AA Final: Niagara Falls 58, Jamestown 44 The Wolverines are Section VI Champions for the 10th time since the merger with LaSalle in 2001. Qeyion Williams earned Tournament MVP honors following a team-high 19... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Panama celebrates winning the Section VI Class D title / Photo by James McCoy) Olmsted 54, Chautauqua Lake 51 The Owls took the lead early in the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the way, to earn their first Section VI title in program history. The champions of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at The View From Centercourt