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Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Top honors for Toussaint, Curbelo and Mahoney

   Leading off today: Guards Joe Toussaint of Cardinal Hayes and Andre Curbelo of Long Island Lutheran have been selected co-players of the year in boys Class AA basketball by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Albany Academy senior August Mahoney was named the player of the year in Class A as the NYSSWA released its all-state teams in the large-school classes Wednesday.

   Curbelo, a junior who added UConn to his list of offers earlier this week, totaled 54 points in a pair of victories in the season-ending Federation tournament last month. He averaged 16.1 points, seven assists six rebounds a game, also converting 43 percent of his 3-point attempts.

   After averaging 15 points as a junior, Toussaint committed to the University of Iowa and took his game to a new level as a prototypical New York City point guard by averaging 20.2 points and applying unrelenting pressure on defense.

   Mahoney averaged 24.2 points a game while leading Albany Academy to the Federation Class A crown. The Yale commit shot 57.3 percent from the field, including 47 percent on 3-pointers.

   Mahoney and Park School senior Noah Hutchins repeated as first-team selections by the NYSSWA.

   The complete selections in the large-school classes can be found here. The picks in Classes B, C and D were announced last week.

   More reference material of interest:

Past NYSSWA players of the year

Recent all-state teams

   Our thanks goes out to Steve Grandin for once again editing the all-state team with a helping hand from: Ted Thomas (Long Island), Mike Libert (New York City), Elio Velez (New York City), Josh Thomson (Westchester), Sean Lynch (Middletown), Sal Interdonato (Middletown), Jim Schlitz (Schenectady), Ellis Williams (Glens Falls), Keith Lobdell (Elizabethtown), Joey LaFranca (Plattsburgh), Bill Merna (Ogdensburg), Phil Sanzo (Watertown), Nolan Weidner (Syracuse), Neil Kerr (Syracuse), Ron Moshier (Utica), Jared Bomba (Oneonta), Taney Beaumont (Cort-


land), Kevin Stevens (Binghamton), Andrew Legare (Elmira), James Johnson (Rochester), Stevie Johnson (Roch- ester), Paul Gotham (Rochester), Bob Chavez (Canandaigua), Alan Brignall (Geneva), Chris Metcalf (Batavia), Alex Brasky (Batavia), Bill Collmer (Avoca), Chad Andrews (Buffalo) and Dave Universal (Buffalo).

   Boys lacrosse: I saw Penfield in a 15-10 loss to West Genesee early this season and came away thinking the Patriots were going to be a handful for Section 5 opponents by the time May rolled around. Well, Penfield seems to have arrived ahead of schedule.

   Max Hoadley scored in overtime as the Patriots edged Victor 7-6 on Tuesday. Hoadley's second goal of the game came with 2:45 to go in the extra session.

   Penfield scored four unanswered goals to end the third quarter and begin the fourth quarter to take a lead until Joey Pezzimenti of Victor tallies with 1:39 to go.

   Penfield goalie Travis Wagner made 13 stops.

   Long Island thriller: Junior right-hander Aidan Crowley's bid for a fourth consecutive baseball no-hitter went by the boards two pitches into the game, but Shoreham-Wading River pulled out a 6-5 win over Miller Place. Mike Smith drilled a one-out, two-run double to right-center in the bottom of the seventh inning at the Moriches Sports Complex.

   D.J. Brown and Peter Minneci both drew full-count walks before cleanup hitter Nick Bettenhauser dropped a perfect bunt to move the runners to second and third.

   The seventh inning hit made a winner of reliever Blake Osness, who threw a scoreless top of the seventh. Crowley (4-0) threw six innings, allowed eight hits, and four earned runs with six strikeouts.

   Softball milestone: Oneida coach Mike Curro picked up his 300th career win as the Indians shut out Vernon-Verona-Verona-Sherrill 26-0.

   Curro is in his 20th season and has guided the program to three Section 3 championships.

   Extra points: Hilton has appointed Mike Potter as the new girls cross country coach. He takes over for Mike Szczepanik, who guided the Cadets to a Nike Cross Nationals title in 2005.

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