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Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Four basketball stars repeat on all-state first team

   Leading off today: A quartet of players has repeated as first-team selections on the New York State Sportswriters Association boys basketball all-state team.

   The Class B, C and D selections were announced Wednesday morning. Picks in Classes AA and A will be released next week.

   Leading the way is Glens Falls senior Joe Girard III, who repeated as the Class B player of the year and landed on the first team for the fourth consecutive season. He averaged 48.7 points a game as Glens Falls captured a Federation championship.

   Girard was also selected as player of the year in Class B football after leading the Indians to their second championship in three years.

   The Class C player of the year is Cooperstown senior Jack Lambert, who averaged 24 points a game.

   The Class D player of the year is Peyton Schmitt. The Harrisville senior averaged 19.3 points a game this winter.

   Aside from Girard, two other seniors repeated as first-team picks in Class B. Declan Porter of Canton averaged 24 points a game is a season curtailed by a foot injury, and Aiden Igiehon of Lawrence-Woodmere Academy averaged 23.4 per contest.

   The other repeat pick came in Class C, where Greenport junior Ahkee Anderson averaged 23 points for the Section 11 champions.

   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    Three straight no-hitters: Shoreham-Wading River junior right-hander Aidan Crowley threw his third consecutive no-hitter on Tuesday during a 6-0 victory over Hauppauge.

   Crowley struck out 10 and walked four as he became the first pitcher in Long Island history to throw three straight no-hitters. He hasn't allowed a hit since his first start of the season, and the streak stands at 25 innings.

   "I've focused more on location and throwing strikes," Crowley said. "And I couldn't do this alone. My defense has been great making all the plays. And my pitch count stays down because we don't make errors."

   Crowley is 4-0 with 40 strikeouts and 11 walks allowed in 26 innings.

   "We've never seen anything like this, it's so impressive," S-WR coach Kevin Willi said. "He's been unbelievable. He made a big jump in velocity this season and he's so much stronger."

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   Six more for Pulera: St. Joseph's senior Kellen Pulera, who scored six goals Monday on his way to setting the program's record for career points, scored six more Tuesday in the Marauders' 19-14 victory over Syracuse CBA.

   Hunter Parucki added three goals and two assists as St. Joe's improved to 9-0. Evan Mulderig and Ryan McGorry also scored hat tricks.

   St. Joe's is ranked ninth in the state in Class A. Syracuse CBA is No. 6 in Class C.

   Somers assistant coach dies: The Somers school community is mourning the death of teacher and assistant Dominic Narcisco. He died in his sleep Monday at the age of 39.

   Narcisco, who also coached baseball in the past, spent more than 15 years as an assistant football coach at Somers.

   "Dom wasn't just a football coach with me," head coach Dom DeMatteo said. "He's just like another son to me. He was a great father, a great man, a terrific coach. He went above and beyond. It wasn't about just winning. It was about developing these kids to become good people. He did all the right things."

   Good reading: Brian Lilly was named the All-Greater Rochester coach of the year for girls nordic skiing recently, a pretty neat trick for a guy who was a no-show for the Section 5 championships.

   Lilly, of course, had a legitimate reason to miss the meet. Just days before the championships in February, his Webster-based U.S. Army Reserve unit was deployed to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The 7412th Troop Medical Clinic is spending a year managing medical care for soldiers training and rotating through the base.

   "We had a general idea last spring we were going somewhere," said Lilly, 39, a medical services officer and second in command. "As time went by and the date kept getting moved back, it finally came to be a week before sectionals that we had to report."

   What happened shortly afterward makes for a great story. Other coaches including Craig Mattern of Brighton pitched in to help Pittsford competitors at the NYSPHSAA championships, giving Panthers assistant coach Brett Daggs a hand with waxing skis and otherwise get the racers ready to go.

   "It shows what type of coaches we have here in our league, Craig actually took my athletes under his wing and helped wax their skis and stuff when they went to states," Lilly said. "His own daughter is one of the top skiers in the state and yet he waxed the skis for my kids out of the goodness of his heart. I almost feel guilty accepting the honor in lieu of all the things the other coaches around me did."

   Lilly, 39, was a skier as a high school student at Fairport and came close to making the U.S. Olympic Team in 1998 and 2002 in the biathlon.


  
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