Category Archives: Basketball

Girls basketball scrimmages a month away

The opening day of preseason practice for girls basketball is coming soon, and so too are the preseason scrimmages. Here’s a list of scheduled varsity scrimmages thus far (if your team is missing, or there’s additional info, please contact me): Wednesday, November 15 Wallkill at Monroe-Woodbury, 4:30 p.m. Rondout Valley at Tri-Valley, 5:45 p.m. Thursday, [...]

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Girls basketball: Mid-Hudson BCANY all-star team

A pair of Varsity 845 girls basketball first team all-stars have been chosen to represent the Mid-Hudson in the upcoming Basketball Coaches Association of New York tournament. Lauren Desrats of Warwick and Maggie Malone of Cornwall are among the 12 players (and one alternate) who were selected by co-coaches Catie Biordi of James I. O’Neill [...]

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State hoops all-stars: Pine Bush’s Johnson leads area selections

Marquis Johnson could play the point. Johnson could spot up in the wing and drop 3-pointers. The Pine Bush wing was one of the area’s most explosive players to the rim. And, Johnson could defend the one through four positions on the floor. Johnson’s versatility helped Pine Bush win its first 21 games of the [...]

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State hoops all-stars: Guerra earns Class D mention

S.S. Seward sophomore guard John Guerra authored one of the best seasons for a first-year varsity player in school history. Guerra led the area with a 21.6 scoring average and made 40 3-pointers in leading Seward to the state Class D quarterfinals. Guerra’s efforts were recognized Wednesday as he was named to the state Class [...]

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2017 final boys basketball stats

S.S. Seward sophomore guard John Guerra led the area in scoring, averaging 21.6 points per game, in his first varsity season. Saugerties seventh-grader Dior Johnson finished second in scoring (21.1). Goshen junior Myles Ukoh averaged an area-high 10.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. Middletown sophomore Marquis Gill had an area-high eight assists per game. [...]

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2017 Varsity 845 Boys Basketball All-Stars

The Varsity 845 boys basketball all-star package is live online and in print. Pine Bush, the area’s best team, swept the player and coach awards. Guard Marquis Johnson’s improved game and decision making helped Pine Bush reach uncharted territory this season. Read Johnson’s player of the year story here. Coach Steve Distefano guided Pine Bush to [...]

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Quick thoughts: Seward’s state Class D quarterfinal

A comeback seemed insurmountable. S.S. Seward found itself down 17 points entering the fourth quarter of its state Class D quarterfinal against Newfield. In front of a pro-Newfield crowd at Binghamton’s Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena, the Spartans closed the gap to seven points twice in the fourth quarter. S.S. Seward regained possession with under [...]

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Seward survives and advances

The ending had S.S. Seward fans on the edge of their seats at the Kaplan Center in Mount Saint Mary. Seward held on for a 61-60 win over Bridgehampton in the state Class D opening round. John Guerra and Andrew Sanchez missed the front end of 1-and-1s to keep the game’s outcome in doubt until [...]

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Quick thoughts: Class A final Goshen-Poughkeepsie

Goshen and Poughkeepsie’s Section 9 Class A final was a game for the ages. The overtime thriller saw the teams combine for the most points (192) in a boys final in Section 9 tournament history. The storylines made the game even more compelling. Goshen was seeking its first section title since 1993. Poughkeepsie was looking [...]

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Quick thoughts: Class AA final Pine Bush-Burke Catholic

Pine Bush won its first Section 9 title since 2000 behind a strong defensive effort against John S. Burke Catholic in the Class AA final Saturday. Pine Bush held Burke Catholic to 17-of-57 shooting (29.8 percent). Burke Catholic was 3-of-23 from 3-point range. Bench play didn’t decide the game as Pine Bush outscored Burke Catholic [...]

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