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Monday, April 23, 2018: Boys basketball all-state team, part one

   Leading off today: Dylan Trombley, who helped carry Moriah to within one victory of back-to-back NYSPHSAA championships, has repeated as the New York State Sportswriters Association co-player of the year in Class D basketball.

   Trombley, a senior who averaged 22.3 points per game, shared the player of the year honors in Class D with Willard Anderson of state champion Buffalo East, who averaged 25.7 points a game and helped lead his school past Moriah in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association title game in Binghamton last month. Buffalo East defeated defending champion Moriah 74-61 in overtime.

   Those selections as well as the all-state teams in Classes B, C and D were announced Monday by the NYSSWA. The honorees in Classes AA and A will be released next week.

   The Class B player of the year is Glens Falls two-sport star Joe Girard III, who averaged 50 points per game in his junior season. Girard was the state Class B co-player of the year in the 2017 football season.

   The Class C player of the year in basketball is Miles Brown, who helped Northstar Christian reach the state final against undefeated Lake George.

   Girard was selected to the Class B first team for the third consecutive season, and Buffalo Heath Science senior Davonte Gaines made the first team for the second year in a row.

   Northstar's Brown and Chautauqua Lake star Devin Pope were repeat selections to the Class C first team.

   Class D had three repeat picks on the first team: Moriah's Trombley, Prattsburgh senior Garrett Socola and Ellicottville's Elliot Bowen, also a senior.

   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

   More basketball: Mount Vernon senior guard Demetre Roberts went on social media Sunday to announce he'll continue his career at Division II St. Thomas Aquinas College.

   The 5-foot-8 senior averaged 14.1 points to help the Knights to a 23-2 record and a spot on the NYSPHSAA Class AA semifinals.

   Boys lacrosse: I missed it last week, but Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang hit the 400-win milestone Thursday with a 22-0 victory over Albany.

   Vorgang, who is in his 25th season, is Section II's career leader in wins. His Silver Warriors teams have captured 15 sectional championships and reached the final five other times. Niskayuna won a NYSPHSAA championship in 2015.

    • The most interesting score of the weekend may have been Homer's 13-10 win over Baldwinsville on Saturday. Baldwinsville was ranked fourth in Class A and Homer fourth in Class C.

   The Trojans got big performances from seniors Vincent Basile and Tucker O'Donnell. Basile scored seven goals and added an assist, while O'Donnell scored twice and had five assists.

   Bracing for change? Illinois seems to be inching closer to becoming one of the next states to finally adopt a shot clock in boys basketball. Illinois High School Association Kurt Gibson said it could be among a set of rule changes adopted this month.

   California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Dakota Rhode Island, South Dakota and Washington currently use a shot clock. Wisconsin approved adoption of the rule but has recently had second thoughts.

   Coach sues over ouster: A former boys basketball coach who guided his team into a South Carolina state final has filed suit claiming he was pushed out because he reported cases of administrators changing grades of students and covering up claims of sexual harassment, amongst other transgressions.

   Former Columbia Hemingway coach Andre Weathers alleges he was fired after he reported the school and school district to the South Carolina Department of Education early last school year.

   Weathers landed a coaching job this season at Marion (S.C.) High and took the team to within two wins of a state Class AA championship. Meanwhile, his former team finished the job without him, capturing the crown in Class A.

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