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Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017: Stewart leaving McQuaid for La Lumiere, reports say

   Leading off today: If New York exported manufactured goods the way we ship high school basketball underclassmen out of the state, Albany could cut the state income tax in half.

   In what used to be a scourge mostly confined to the metro area, especially the PSAL and CHSAA, Upstate New York is now seeing an unprecedented exodus of top-shelf hoops talent.

   The latest to decide to pack his bags is low-post dynamo Isaiah Stewart. a rising junior who is leaving McQuaid to attend La Lumiere, the La Porte, Ind., boarding school that plays a national schedule with a roster showcasing multiple Division I prospects. Matt Trabold of WHAM-TV was the first to tweet the development early Sunday, and Dan Fetes of WROC-TV reported Stewart will fly to Indiana this morning.

   Stewart was 10th-team all-state in Class AA as a sophomore despite not making his season debut until Feb. 1 after suffering a back injury that required surgery. He averaged 20 points and 9.8 rebounds.

   The list of upstate underclassmen previously deciding to change addresses this summer includes:

    •Cooperstown's Tyler Bertram, the 2017 New York State Sportswriters Association co-player of the year in Class C, and Symir Torrence, who would have been a junior at Syracuse Academy of Science, will enroll at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt.

    •Jeenathan Williams is leaving University Prep in Rochester to spend his senior year at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.

    •Bishop Ludden three-year starting point guard Mika Adams-Woods will play next season at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep.

    •Buddy Boeheim (Jamesville-DeWitt) will enroll at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

    •Park School low-post force Joe Jones is transferring to Orangeville Prep in Mono, Ontario.

    •And though he's staying in-state, 6-foot-8 Frankie Policelli has traded in his New Hartford jersey for a Long Island Lutheran uniform.

   Prominent among the downstate stars who've decided to relocate: Guard James Bouknight, the reigning NYSSWA player of the year in Class B, is leaving LaSalle Academy to attend MacDuffie School in Massachusetts; Tykei Greene from Thomas Edison in Queens is also enrolling at LuHi; and Holy Cross guard Hassan Diarra has picked Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut.

   The above recitation doesn't include players who graduated in the spring and are headed to post-graduate stints to raise their profiles before entering college. For instance, Cheektowaga's Dominic Welch (the Section 6 career scoring leader) and Aquinas' Jalen Pickett will both be playing for SPIRE Institute Prep School in Geneva, Ohio.

   Wojciechowski 'heartbroken': The Sachem East coach reassigned pending an investigation into the death of one of his football players told Newsday he is "heartbroken by the loss of a fine young man" and accepts the administration's decision to remove him as coach.

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   Commenting for the first time since the death of Joshua Mileto, 16, on Aug. 10, Mark Wojciechowski said in a statement that he supports the decision to appoint an interim coach while the school district investigates the circumstances surrounding Mileto's death during a conditioning workout.

   "I fully understand and accept the district's need to conduct a full and fair investigation," he said. "I support it, and at this time, it makes sense for me to step aside and accept the reassignment to give the school district full

  
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latitude to do its work."

   He added: "Since the tragic accident that claimed the life of Josh Mileto, I have been grieving along with everyone else in our terrific community."

   Open football dates: While tidying up his master schedule in the aftermath of the decision by Oriskany, Pulaski and Binghamton Seton Catholic to drop 11-man football this fall, Steve Grandin of the NYSSWA has compiled a list of schools that we believe have open dates at the moment:

   Week 1 (Sept. 1-2): Roosevelt (Sec. 1), Warrensburg/Bolton (2), Thousand Islands (3), Waterville (3), Notre Dame (4), Bishop Timon-St. Jude (M), Nichols (M).

   Week 2 (Sept. 8-9): South Jefferson (3), Westmoreland (3), Bainbridge-Guilford (4), Bishop Kearney (5), Bishop Timon-St. Jude (M), Cardinal Hayes (C), Christ the King (C), Dalton (I), Harvey (I), Long Island Lutheran (I), New York Military (I).

   Week 3 (Sept. 15-16): Hoosic Valley (2), General Brown (3), Sauquoit Valley (3), Harpursville/Afton (4), Bishop Kearney (5), St. Mary's (M), New York Military (I).

   Week 4 (Sept. 22-23): Helderberg Valley (2), Lowville (3), Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton (3), Oxford/Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (4), Bishop Timon-St. Jude (M), Nichols (M).

   Week 5 (Sept. 29-30): Pawling (1), Granville (2), Beaver River (3), Canastota (3), Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour (4), Bishop Timon-St. Jude (M), Nichols (M), Nazareth (C), Horace Mann (I), New York Military (I), Poly Prep (I), Rye Country Day (I).

   Week 6 (Oct. 6-7): Sidney (4), Nichols (M), St. Dominic (C), Albany Academy (I), Dalton (I), Harvey (I), Long Island Lutheran (I).

   Week 7 (Oct. 13-14): Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (3), Mount Markham (3), Greene (4), Dalton (I).

   Week 8 (Oct. 20-21): Dobbs Ferry (1), Rye Neck (1), Tuckahoe (1), Woodlands (1), Whitehall (2), Nichols (M), St. Mary's (M), Port Washington (8).

   Week 9 (Oct. 27-28): Nichols (M), Port Washington (8), Tupper Lake (10), Xaverian (C).

   Week 10 (Nov. 3-4): Nazareth (C), Long Island Lutheran (I).

   Appointed: Rich Jacob, who has been the head coach at Daemen, Medaille, Villa Maria and Niagara County Community College, was named the boys basketball coach at Park School. Jacob, 58, inherits a team that went 17-6 under Mike Battaglia, who stepped down this spring.

   Jacob had been the associate men's basketball coach at Erie Community College since 2010.


  
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