Leading off today:
R.J. Davis of Archbishop Stepinac has been selected Mr. New York Basketball and Kateri Poole of South Shore is Miss New York Basketball for 2020, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York announced Wednesday.
The selections were made in a two-part process beginning with voting by BCANY members and media on senior-class nominees and followed by BCANY awards committee deliberations. The award are widely viewed as the top honors for high school basketball players in the state.
Davis is a guard headed to the University of North Carolina in the fall. H was previously named a McDonald's All-American.
Poole, who averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists this season, has signed to play for Ohio State.
The other boys finalists were:
- Posh Alexander, Our Saviour Lutheran
- Andre Curbelo, Long Island Lutheran
- Andre Jackson, Albany Academy
- Zed Key, Long Island Lutheran
The other girls finalists were:
Girls sports advocate dies: Judi Knight
- Dolly Cairns, Saratoga Springs
- Zaria DeMember-Shazer, Elmira
- Kiara Fisher, Elmira
- Danielle Haskell, Franklinville
, a strong force behind the growth of girls sports in Section 5 and a beloved figure for Rochester City School District athletes, died Monday. She was 79.
Knight was the athletic director at Edison Tech in Rochester for 18 years and also served as Section 5 president in the mid-1980s.
"She loved her job, helping kids made her feel alive," said Webster Schroeder baseball coach Matt Knight, 50, the youngest of her three sons. "I had a lot of people reach out to me and say how lucky they are. What I tell them is, it really worked both ways.
"That's what she loved to do, help kids. They made her feel alive."
Said Edison assistant principal James Reaves, a former basketball star at the school: "Personally, as a student, she held me accountable. During that time, I didn't know anything about the college recruiting process.
"She kind of took me by the hand and helped me through it. You talk about helping people go to another level, she did that for me."
Winter sports decision on the horizon? The New York State Public High School Athletic Association will discuss the fate of unfinished winter sports during a conference call Monday and could announced a decision Tuesday.
Due to the rapidly coronavirus pandemic, the NYSPHSAA suspended its boys and girls basketball and boys ice hockey tournaments. The state bowling tournament was also put on hold.
Proctor calls off spring sports: Utica Proctor AD Vin Perrotta confirmed Monday that the school district will not field sports teams this spring.
"After Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo and Oneida County executive (Anthony) Picente both declared state of emergencies, including canceling school until April 14, 2020 and the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) announcing today that all gatherings of 50 people should be