Leading off today:
Seven boys and five girls are on the preliminary list of candidates for the state's top awards for senior basketball players.
The Basketball Coaches Association of New York released its candidates for Mr. New York State Basketball and Miss New York Basketball this week.
The boys up for consideration are:
• Brooklyn Collegiate guard Glen Anderson.
• Our Savior Lutheran guard Dashawn Davis, Sr.
• Glens Falls guard Joe Girard.
• Park School guard Noah Hutchins.
• Lawrence Woodmere Academy center Aidan Igiehon.
• Albany Academy guard August Mahoney.
• Cardinal Hayes guard Joe Toussaint.
The girls up for consideration are:
• Ossining guard Aubrey Griffin.
• Ward Melville guard Lauren Hansen.
• Christ the King wing Cavina Rickards.
• Christ the King guard Kaelynn Satterfield.
• Long Island Lutheran guard Celeste Taylor.
Sec. 2 star in 2K club: Lake George senior Graceann Bennett scored her 2,000th career point early in the first quarter of the Warriors' 49-14 girls basketball win over Granville on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2 Georgetown commit finished with 19 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists, as Lake George won its 12th consecutive game. She enters the weekend with 2,015 career points.
Bennett is at least the third New York girl to reach 2,000 points this season, joining Allison Moreau (Sauquoit Valley) and Dani Haskell (Franklinville in Section 6).
Football commitment: Hornell defensive lineman Rayyan Buell has verbally committed to continue his football career at Rutgers.
Buell, a third-team all-state selection in Class B, is taking his official visit to the Big Ten school this weekend after canceling a planned visit to Rice.
Oh, Canada: Monroe-Woodbury junior pitcher Samantha Ryan will play for Canada in the World Baseball Softball Confederation XIII Under-19 Softball World Cup in Irvine, Calif., in August.
She was picked by Keith Mackintosh, head coach of the 2019 Canadian Junior Women's National Softball Team.
Ryan's mother is from Edmonton, and the teen recently was granted dual citizenship in part to give her a chance to represent that country.
An opportunity to play for the Canadian junior team is another step toward Ryan reaching her ultimate goal of becoming an Olympian. The sport will return to the Olympics beginning with the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Shrinking numbers: The Post-Star tackled a topic that just about every reporter covering a high school sport could also put on the to-do list.
According to the paper, an unprecedented three Adirondack League girls basketball programs do not have junior varsities this winter. With a shrinking pool of players, Argyle, Fort Ann and Hadley-Luzerne are fielding varsity and modified teams. Hadley-Luzerne has two modified teams.