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Monday, Aug. 7, 2017: Central boys, Southern Tier girls win BCANY titles

   Leading off today: The Central Region team comprised of players from Sections 3 and 10 won the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival with a pair of victories Sunday to complete a 6-0 weekend.

   Mika Adams-Woods scored 23 points and Naz Johnson 22 during a 95-58 win over Buffalo in the championship game. Tyler Bertram chipped in with 16 points. Earlier in the day, Central advanced with an 83-73 win over Hudson Valley in the semifinals as Buddy Boeheim finished with 25 points.

   The Central team won all of its games in the seventh annual tournament by double-digit margins.

   Buffalo had advanced to the championship game with a victory earlier Sunday vs. Rochester.

   The Southern Tier secured the girls championship in the tournament by running off the game's first 12 points and beating Rochester 58-48 in the final in Johnson City. Point guard Kaziah Ross scored 12 of her team-high 13 points in the second half.

   The Southern Tier's day began with a 66-64 semifinal victory over Suffolk County as Julia Hauer had 18 points and Kaci Donovan added 10. Hauer had scored 19 against Rochester during pool play on Saturday, marking a team high for the entire weekend.

   Lake George coach dies: Mike McLaughlin, who coached the Lake George girls soccer team to 19 straight wins to open the 2016 season, died Friday at his home at the age of 61.

   Lake George finished 19-1 and McLaughlin was selected the Section 2 Class C coach of the year.


   Rutgers lands another: Amad Anderson, a highly recruited wide receiver from Curtis in the PSAL, ended the suspense Sunday by saying he has committed to attending Rutgers in September 2018.

   "They've been down to see me since day one and they were one of the first schools to offer me," Anderson said. "I know they haven't had too many good seasons in the past, but they've been recently getting (some good players) to commit and I'm looking forward to helping change the program."

   Anderson, a first-team all-state pick in Class AA last season and the fourth rising senior from New York to pick Rutgers (full

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(list of commitments), had also been con- sidering Maryland, North Carolina State, Purdue, Temple and Wisconsin.

   He's coming off a junior season in which he made 37 receptions for 862 yards and scored 16 TDs, including the winning touchdown in the Warriors' 24-21 city championship win over Erasmus Hall.

   Following up: Jeenathan Williams, who had previously said he would leave University Prep in Rochester before his senior basketball season, settled on a destination last week. The coveted Division I recruit told the Democrat and Chronicle he will attend Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.

   "There is no turning back," said Williams, fifth-team all-state in Class AA last winter. "I've made up my mind, it's time to move on. I thought about the competition in Rochester, and how it won't make me more college-ready.

   "I know either way, if I stay or leave, I'm going to play in college, but I want to have an impact."

   Williams said his family nixed his earlier preference to enroll at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.

   Change at Sec. 1 school: Frank Tolan has retired as the athletic director at Kennedy Catholic and has been replaced by Dominick Tassone, who will continue in his role as football coach, Kevin Devaney Jr. of News 12 Varsity tweeted.

   Tolan had retired from Pawling after 23 years as principal a year before taking the Kennedy Catholic job in 2013.

   Award recipients: The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named its state-by-state winners of its fourth annual high school coach of the year awards for track & field, selecting Rob Cloutier (Shenendehowa girls) and Malcolm Burks (Newburgh boys).

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