Leading off today:
T.J. Long had quite the weekend for the Hicksville Holy Trinity boys basketball team.
Long scored 24 points Saturday in the Titans' 73-70 win over Iona Prep and then really went off on Kennedy Catholic on Sunday. He scored 46 points on the strength of 14-for-18 shooting on 3-pointers as Holy Trinity rolled to an 88-49 win.
Holy Trinity improved to 8-1 heading into its league home opener Tuesday vs. Manhasset St. Mary's.
Girls basketball: Cardinal O'Hara held Williamsville South 6-foot-5 center Amari DeBerry to five points and posted a 53-41 win in a matchup of top Western New York teams.
Cardinal O'Hara is ranked 10th in the state in Class AA and Williamsville South is first in Class A.
Junior guard Mia McCarthy led the Hawks with 19 points and Amelia Strong had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
"This was a really big game," said McCarthy, who also had four steals. "If we can beat them, we can beat anyone."
Cardinal O'Hara and Williamsville South will face off again Feb. 21. Sunday's game was a late addition to the schedule after a common opponent canceled games against both teams.
Niagara lands Sec. 5 star: Hilton basketball star Tah-Jae Hill announced on Twitter that he will play for Niagara University next season.
Hill, a fourth-team all-state selection as a junior, is averaging 30.7 points per game for the Cadets including a career-high 49-point performance in December.
"I stayed true to who I am, stayed true to my craft and most importantly stayed true to (the) man above," he wrote on Twitter. "I want to thank my family for always having my back no matter what I do and always pushing me to go harder."
Chester supporting coach: Chester boys basketball co-captain Gianni Johnson sensed something wrong when he looked at coach Jon Marsilio's face after a win over Fallsburg on Friday. He learned that Marsilio's mother had died earlier in the day from complications due to pneumonia, and Johnson called his teammates together. They formed a circle around Marsilio for a team hug.
"He's always there for me," Johnson said. "He's the first person there. We were all emotional. We are all here for him.
"He's the most important person on this team because he leads us. He's a great coach. I've been playing varsity for four years. He knows exactly what to say and what not to say. He's a great coach and great guy."
Chester was back on the court Sunday and defeated S.S. Seward 69-29 in the opener of the Slam Dunk Heart Disease Games in Newburgh.
Quite a twin bill: An Ohio high school took an innovative approach toward creating interest in two distinct sports over the weekend.
Wooster High's seventh annual Beauty & the Beast Invitational pairing wrestling and gymnastics meets in the same gym as one combined event. The bleachers were filled for most of Saturday's three-hour event.
"It's bouncier, the energy's bigger," Wooster gymnastics coach Debbie Knapic said. "Routines go bigger. It's just a ton of fun. It makes it worth the effort to move it up here to give them that memory to take with them."
Said AD Joe Rubino: "It's really important to the athletes We'll do anything we can to (do) this for them and continue giving them an opportunity to have success in that format."
Coming up: The New York State Sportswriters Association will begin unveiling its all-state football team at noon on Wednesday with the release of the selections in Classes B, C, D and eight-man football.
The Class AA and A picks will be released Jan. 15.