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Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019: Large-school football all-state teams announced

   Leading off today: Three senior running backs have earned shares of football large-school player of the year awards from the New York State Sportswriters Association on Tuesday.

   Jordan Forrest of New Rochelle captured the top honor in Class AA after leading his team to an appearance in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship game in Syracuse.

   The Class A honor is shared by Section 8 stars Kevon Hall of Roosevelt and Trevor Yeboah-Kodie of Garden City.

   Forrest ran for 1,672 yards and 22 touchdowns, the highest totals for any running back during Lou DiRienzo's coaching tenure at New Rochelle, helping the Huguenots to their first state final appearance in six years.

   Hall's encore to a 1,700-yard junior season included 2,207 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on just 206 carries. His season high was 376 yards against Hewlett and Hall also had games of 363 and 343 yards.

   Yeboah-Kodie, a lacrosse player bound for Brown in the Ivy League, was selected Gatorade's state player of the year. He finished his season with 1,532 yards and 22 touchdowns on 129 carries.

   A few links related to the all-state football team announcement:

   • 2018 Class AA all-state team
   • 2018 Class A all-state team
   • Recent NYSSWA players of the year
   • All-state teams, 1999-2018
   • Final 2018 AA-A state rankings
   • Final 2018 B-C-D state rankings

   The NYSSWA announced its Class B, Class C, Class D and eight-man football all-state teams last week.

   Thank yous: The all-state football teams were once again edited by the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin with the assistance of numerous helpers from across New York, including:

   Andy Slawson (Long Island), Mike Libert (New York City), Elio Velez (New York City), Josh Thomson (Westchester), Keith Fagan (Westchester), Justin Rodriguez (Middletown), Jim Schiltz (Schenectady), Pete Tobey (Glens Falls), James Allen (Albany), Keith Lobdell (Adirondacks), Dave Shea (Ogdensburg), Phil Sanzo (Watertown), Nolan Weidner (Syracuse), Neil Kerr (Syracuse), Ron Moshier (Utica), Chris Metcalf (Batavia), James Johnson (Rochester), Steve Johnson (Rochester), Paul Liotti (Rochester), Bob Chavez (Canandaigua), Kevin Stevens (Binghamton), Andrew Legare (Elmira) and Dick Gallagher (Buffalo).


   Disabled list: The undefeated Lancaster St. Mary's girls basketball team was minus three-time all-league selection Caroline Zanghi for a 55-53 victory Monday over Buffalo Sacred Heart.

   Zanghi underwent oral surgery after catching an elbow in the mouth in St. Mary's upset of Cardinal O'Hara to hand the Hawks their first local loss since the 2013 Monsignor Martin playoffs championship game. Her return date is uncertain, coach Jason Kline said.

   The Lancers outscored Sacred Heart 13-2 down the stretch to pull out the win. Freshman Shay Ciezki (23 points) scored to tie the game with 18 seconds left, then stole the ball and scored on a layup with :03 to play.

   HOF selections: Frank Hussey, a scholastic star more than a century ago for Stuyvesant in New York City, has been selected for the National High School Track & Field Hall of Fame's second induction class.

   Also being inducted is Fred Thompson, who started the ATOMS Track Club and the Colgate Women's Games in Brooklyn more than 40 years ago.

   The ceremony will be March 10 in New York City, the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation announced.

   Hussey won a gold medal in the 400-meter relay in world-record time at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris following his senior year at Stuyvesant. After returning from Europe, Hussey attended Boston College and became an AAU champion in the 100-yard dash.

   The transactions wire: Justin Fedich has joined the sports staff at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown. The Atlanta native grew up on Long Island and is a 2015 University of Georgia graduate.

   Extra points: Savion Lewis, the state's Mr. Basketball last season as a Half Hollow Hills East senior, is taking a redshirt year at Quinnipiac after the school declined to appeal a transcript issue regarding his sophomore year of high school to the NCAA. He'll begin his four seasons of eligibility next fall.

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