Leading off today:
Three seniors and two sophomores have been selected girls basketball state players of the year in their respective classes by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The selections are:
- Class AA: Jordan Nixon, Mary Louis Academy, guard
- Class A: Meg Hair, Jamesville-DeWitt, guard
- Class B: Danielle Rauch, Bishop Ludden guard
- Class C: Erin Fox, Millbrook forward
- Class D: Dani Haskell, Franklinville, guard
Fox and Haskell are sophomores.
Hair was the Class A co-player of the year the previous two seasons and led the Red Rams to New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation crowns in March. Fox powered Millbrook to a NYSPHSAA championship.
The complete NYSSWA all-state teams for Classes AA and A are posted here. The selections in Classes B, C and D can be viewed here.
Nixon, bound for Notre Dame in the fall, moved up from the second team a year ago. Senior Aziah Hudson of Baldwin and junior Celeste Taylor of Long Island Lutheran repeated as first-team picks in Class AA. Aubrey Griffin of Ossining returned to the first team after missing all of her sophomore season following a knee injury.
Hair, who'll attend Penn in the Ivy League in the fall, was joined by North Shore junior guard Gabrielle Zaffiro as a repeat pick on the Class A first team.
Rauch, a Michigan recruit, was a repeat first-team selection in Class B.
Shanniah Wright of Poly Prep earned a place on the Class C first team for the third consecutive season, and Lyrik Jackson of Syracuse Academy of Science and Julie Ford of Cooperstown made it for the second year in a row.
There were no repeat first-team picks in Class D.
Following up: The story about the falsified New Jersey high school track and field results from a May 20 meet took a fresh turn with a report Thursday that the coach of one of the teams that allegedly participated had resigned.
Eddie Greene, who co-founded the Newark Flames Track Club, conceded that the so-called Brick City Invitational also did happen in 2017 as originally reported either, NorthJersey.com reported. Greene said he submitted fake results to NJ MileSplit last year and that fewer than half of the nine scheduled teams even showed up despite recording results for at least eight teams.
Newark (N.J.) West Side High, where Greene was the boys' track and field coach, confirmed receipt of his resignation letter to Gary Taylor, the athletic director.
"It was a stupid decision on my part," Greene said. "It was a great meet. I was just trying to make the meet look bigger than it was. It was a stupid decision."
Once questions arose about the validity of results of this month's meet and it became apparent that all the times and distances were bogus, Greene denied involvement. A man who identified himself as Corey Johnson, a track club