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Saturday, April 1, 2017: 'OTL' featuring Jimmer Fredette tomorrow

   Leading off today: With most of the spring sports season now taking a back seat to rain/sleet/snow/monsoon season across much of New York for a few days, we might as well empty the notebook and apprise you of some recent developments.

   It's The Jimmer Show: All-time Glens Falls great Jimmer Fredette, now China's version of a visiting rock-star basketball player, will be the subject of Sunday's installment of "Outside The Lines" on ESPN.    Reporter Tom Farrey traveled to China to gather information and interviews for the segment.

   Fredette starred for the Shanghai Sharks in China last season and earned the Chinese Basketball Association's International MVP honor after leading the league is scoring at 37.6 points a game to go along with 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

   Fredette left Glens Falls in 2007 with 2,404 career points and then piled up 2,599 more points for what was then the Brigham Young University school record. He was the consensus national player of the year in 2011.

   Chinese fans refer to Fredette as "Jimo Dashen," which translates to the "Lonely Master" because they say his basketball skills set him apart all others.

   Football decisions: Spackenkill defensive tackle Kyiev Bennermon gave a verbal commitment to Boston College on Wednesday, pledging to arrive at Chestnut Hill in the fall of 2019.

   "I visited two times and I instantly fell in love with the campus," Bennermon told Hudson Valley Sports Report. "Poughkeepsie is a very small town so it's hard to get noticed here, so when I started getting looks it was all overwhelming. It's an honor to have the opportunity of going to BC, not only athletically but academically."

    • Dahmir Pross, the Bishop Kearney running back who was the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class C player of the year last fall, will attend MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan., in the fall.

   MNU is an NAIA program that plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

    • Monsignor Farrell kicker Paul Inzerillo will be a preferred walk-on at Maryland, where Lions grad Pete Lembo is the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

   National duty: Lansing coach Diane Hicks-Hughes is the president-elect of the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

   Hicks-Hughes, who has been the NYSPHSAA girls swimming coordinator since 1999, will become the national organization's first female president beginning in March 2019.

   Hicks-Hughes is expected to remain the NYSPHSAA coordinator during her two-year NISCA term.

   She will be the fourth person from New York State ever to lead NISCA. She joins Bill Cox (Rochester, 1941-42), Ed Leibinger (Tonawanda, 1965-67) and Peter Hugo (Great Neck, 2001-03).

   The family business: The best-known name in Central New York lacrosse has cropped up in the high school ranks.

   Roy Simmons IV, 24, is the new boys lacrosse coach at Manlius Pebble Hill in Section 3. The Fayetteville-Manlius and Hartwick College graduate follows in some very famous lacrosse footsteps.

   His father, Roy III, played at SU and has been part of the men's program for 27 years. He was a longtime assistant coach and is currently director of operations for the Orange.

   His grandfather, Roy Jr., was an Orange All-American in the 1950s who coached the team to six national championships from 1971-98. His great-grandfather, the late Roy Sr., also was an All-American at SU and ran the

Orange program from 1931-70. Both of them are in the national lacrosse Hall of Fame.

   MPH plays an independent schedule and the current roster only includes 12 players.

   "I feel like I'm starting with a blank slate, which is great," Simmons said. "I can develop the players in a different way. I can already tell they have pride in their school team.”

   On the move: Sophomore Matt Ryan, selected Mr. New York Basketball out of Iona Prep in 2015, has been granted his release from the Notre Dame men's basketball program and will seek a transfer outside the Atlantic Coast Conference.

   Ryan played in all 36 games in 2016-17, averaging 3.6 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. He played 7.9 minutes per contest.

   Ex-QB, coach dies: Brian Wade, a quarterback for part of Massena's 55-game winning streak from 1949-57 and coached at Ogdensburg Free Academy during a 33-game winning streak, died to an impressive streak of its own, died March 19. He was 80 years old.

   Wade graduated from Massena in 1955. He coached Ogdensburg to 33 consecutive wins from 1989-92.

   Extra points: Warwick wrestler Ryan Ferro will continue his career at Ohio State. The two-time state champion is his school's career leader with 183 wins and never lost a home match in six varsity seasons.

   Port Chester AD Rob Barrett will take over in the same capacity next fall at Yorktown, where Flo Nardone is retiring after 16 years.

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