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Wednesday, April 12, 2017: All-state teams in boys B, C and D basketball

   Leading off today: Players from three state championship teams are among the players of the year on the NYSSWA boys basketball all-state team for Classes B, C and D.

   The selections were announced Wednesday morning by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The honorees in Classes AA and A will be released next week.

   James Bouknight, who helped Manhattan's LaSalle Academy to a Federation championship, was selected the player of the year in Class B. He averaged 17.4 points a game in his junior season.

   Classes C and D have co-players of the year.

   In Class C, senior Gabe Short, who helped Moravia to the NYSPHSAA Class C championship. shares the honor with Cooperstown junior Tyler Bertram after the pair averaged 18.4 and 30.0 points a game, respectively.

   In Class D, junior Dylan Trombley, who helped Moriah to the first boys basketball title by a Section 7 school, shares player of the year with Argyle senior Kobe Lufkin. Tromley averaged 19.7 points and Lufkin 33.8 this season.

   Lufkin is the brother of Joey Lufkin of Argyle, the 2013 Class D player of the year. The Lufkins are the first brothers to reach 2,000 career points apiece; Kobe ended up fourth in state history with 2,678 and Joey had 2,146.

   Six players repeated as first-team selections:

  • Class B: Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls.
  • Class C: Bertram and Trumansburg senior Austin Grunder.
  • Tyler Mattison of Fort Ann, Ty Lamport of South Kortright and Elliot Bowen from Ellicottville.
   The complete selections in the small-school classes can be found here.

   More reference material of interest:

Past NYSSWA players of the year

Recent all-state teams    Record winning streak: New Hartford defeated Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 203-265 in golf Tuesday at Oneida Community Golf Club to break the NYSPHSAA record for consecutive victories.

   The 93rd straight triumph eclipsed the previous by Skaneateles from 1987-1991. New Hartford hasn't lost since the opening match of the 2011 season.

   The match with V-V-S was a late addition after Utica Proctor dropped off the schedule at the beginning of the week.

   Sophomore Fox Humphrey shot a team-best 38 for nine holes as the Spartans improved to 4-0 for the season. Baseball player-turned-golfer Jack Angelucci fired a 39.

   "We were very fortunate to steal Jack Angelucci from baseball," coach Tom Snizek said.

   Humphrey has medaled in back-to-back matches after moving into the lineup while Scott Mundorff has been out sick.    "I wasn't even supposed to be here today," Humphrey told The Observer-Dispatch. "Coming in I knew it would be a big deal. I knew I had to play well to prove myself into the varsity six and stay there."

   Wild score of the year: Palisade Prep defeated Yonkers Gorton 46-36 in early-season softball action Tuesday in Section 1.

   Veteran softball observer Bill Shaw checked with his sources and advised the NYSSWA this morning that the combined 82 runs is almost certainly the state record. The previous mark is believed to have been 72 (in a shutout, no less) by Oriskany in the 1980s. The National Federation lists the 95 runs by New Cuyama and Cambria Coast Valley in a 2011 game between California schools as the U.S. high school record.

   On Monday, Gorton lost to Yonkers Lincoln 23-22.

   In Tuesday's wild contest, there were 63 walks issued, 42 wild pitches and 17 batters hit by pitches. In addition, there were seven passed balls and 16 errors. Statistics charted on the web site credited the teams with just a combined 19 hits.

   Gorton allowed three runs in the top of the first but scored 12 times in the bottom half of the inning and still led 21-10 through three innings. Palisade Prep chipped away with six runs in the fourth and 14 in the top of the fifth to move ahead 30-21, only to see Gorton respond with another 12 runs in the bottom half.

   The score was knotted at 33-33 through six, and Palisade Prep broke it open with 13 runs in the top of the seventh.

   The boxscore listed one Palisade Prep player as scoring eight runs and driving in four despite an 0-for-4 day at the plate. Prep's Ashley Nunez was officially 1-for-2 but reached base in all nine plate appearances with the help of five walks and twice being hit by pitches. She also singled, reached on an error and drove in seven runs.

   Marielis George of Gorton stole six bases and scored six runs. Six other players scored five or more runs.

   Sec. 5 star reconsiders: Rochester Bishop Kearney basketball standout Nahziah Carter has told a recruiting analyst he has received his release from a commitment to the University of Dayton and expects to attend prep school in the fall.

   New Dayton coach Anthony Grant met with Carter on Friday in Rochester.

   Grant has been an assistant with the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder for two seasons and previous serving as head coach at Virginia Commonwealth and the University of Alabama. The Dayton job came open after Archie Miller departed for Indiana.

   The Flyers also lost assistant coach and recruiter Allen Griffin, who left for a job on the Syracuse University staff.

   Senior cracks 300 milestone: Marcellus lacrosse standout Maddie Conklin joined a select group Saturday when she reached 300 career points as the Mustangs beat Jordan-Elbridge.

   Conklin, who will attend Harvard in the fall, scored six goals and added one assist to raise her career totals to 175 and 126, respectively. She has 11 goals and nine assists in Marcellus' 2-2 start this spring.

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