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Monday, Aug. 6, 2018: Buffalo boys, Rochester girls win BCANY finals

   Leading off today: Park School's Noah Hutchins scored 17 points and handed out seven assists as Buffalo defeated Rochester 79-75 to win the boys championship of the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City on Sunday.

   Julian Cunningham of Bishop Timon-St. Jude added 14 points and four steals while Jalen Bradberry of Niagara Falls had 12 points.

   Buffalo advanced to the championship game of the three-day event by beating Suffolk County 63-61 earlier Sunday in the semifinals on Hutchins' rebound basket with three seconds to go, capping his 20-point performance. Rochester had advanced to the final by defeating Mid-Hudson 79-72.

   Rochester took home the girls title with a 54-41 win over the Central team, breaking open what was a five-point game in the final two minutes. Rochester was led by Edison Tech rising senior Dyaisha Fair with 19 points.

   New arrival: A rising junior quarterback who already has attracted Division I attention has transferred to Canisius High, football coach Rich Robbins confirmed to the Buffalo News.

   Christian Veilleux of Ottawa, Ontario, received an offer from the University at Buffalo last year, the paper reported. Veilleux passed for 1,514 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 400 yards and four TDs with a youth-league team last season. According to, Veilleux has offers from Buffalo, Michigan, Rutgers and Temple.

   "He's coming in to compete for the job," Robbins said. "Our program is built on competition. Every kid competes for his spot not just in training camp but in practice throughout the year.

   "I think the fact we didn't promise the kid a starting job may have convinced him to come to Canisius."

   Canisius opens Sept. 1 against Maritime/Health Sciences.

    • This weekend may have been the last chance for New York fans to see Gerald Drumgoole on the court in person. Drumgoole, third-team all-state in Class A as an Irondequoit junior last season, reportedly is pondering a transfer to La Lumiere School, the La Porte, Ind., basketball powerhouse that former McQuaid star Isaiah Stewart began attending last fall.

   La Lumiere landed a big in-state transfer last week when Keion Brooks Jr. announced his departure from Fort Wayne North Side.


   Can we get a recount, please? Let me start by saying my intention here is not to disparage Brooklyn Tech or the PSAL and its many talented and hard-working athletes and coaches. football site

   With that said, a leading national high school website -- and one that has long been a favorite of mine -- has demonstrated once again that its rankings system for the MaxPreps Cup needs tweaking. In standings released last week, the website rated Brooklyn Tech as the best overall high school sports program in the state and No. 84 in the country -- New York's only school in the top 100.

   I just don't see how its possible. Stacked head-to-head vs. top teams in the Kerr Cup, which is the New York State Sportswriters Associ- ation's all-sport champ- ionship for NYSPHSAA schools, I don't think Brooklyn Tech would crack the top three of Victor, North Rockland and Shenendehowa.

   MaxPreps says its system rates every sport state championship in the nation in order to determine the best overall programs. Points are awarded to champions and runners-up based on the type of sport, the size of the state, the type of enrollment class and the number of teams participating in the class. Points are also awarded for teams that appear in certain national rankings.

   The website credited Brooklyn Tech with state championships in girls tennis and cross country plus second-place showings in five sports. Though the PSAL has a large number of schools, I have issues with the weight given to high finishes in some PSAL sports that may have a lot of schools but lack the depth of the NYSPHSAA.

   A week after the cross country team won the PSAL girls title, Tech finished 22nd (well behind Shen and North Rockland) at the Federation meet. An examination of PSAL times in boys and girls swimming (Tech placed second in both) shows that most top-three finishers would not have won consolation heats at the NYSPHSAA meet. And, of course, there is no NYSPHSAA team championship to be had in girls tennis, another scoring sport for Brooklyn Tech.

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