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John Moriello's NYSSWA blog
Monday, March 28, 2011: Mount Vernon boys, Nazareth girls win Fed crowns
   Leading off today: Mount Vernon scored the first six points of overtime and pulled away from defending champion Christ the King for an 84-78 victory in the Federation boys Class AA basketball championship Sunday in Albany.

   West Virginia recruit Jabarie Hinds scored nine of his 31 points in OT as the Knights won their fifth Federation championship, including four in coach Bob Cimmino's 17 seasons. Hinds scored five points in the fourth quarter, but it was junior Isaiah Cousins banked 3-pointer with :52.7 left in regulation that lifted Mount Vernon.

   Cousins finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. "I kind of thought today was his day," Cimmino told The Journal News. "It was a great time for him to really step up. Twelve huge points, big plays, and he helps handle pressure. He just does things that make your team go."

   CTK's Omar Calhoun (33 points) answered with his own 3-pointer with 16.1 seconds remaining, and Hinds missed a runner, and teammate Jamell Walker missed a second-chance opportunity at the buzzer.

   Hinds opened OT with a short jumper to start the Knight's decisive 6-0 run.

   Capping off a crazy year: Nazareth is now 1-for-1 in winning girls Federation championships. The Lady Kingsmen won Class AA Sunday by downing Murry Bergtraum 60-54.

   Nazareth is a first-year program created when coach Apache Paschall brought the remnants of his St. Michael Academy team to Brooklyn after that Manhattan school closed its doors last June.

   In the interim, Paschall was hospitalized for heart trouble and suspended for a week by his principal for commenting on a CHSAA recruiting probe of the school that eventually exonerated Nazareth according to reports last week.

   Syracuse University recruit Tiffany Jones led Nazareth with 22 points and 10 rebounds to help offset 25 by Cori Coleman of Bergtraum.

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       "Where we came from -- losing a school -- and surviving all of the other things, this is huge," Paschall told The New York Daily News.

       Nazareth's season is over, but Bergtraum travels to Maryland late this week for the National High School Invitational.

       Offer for Newburgh star: Newburgh Free Academy two-way football lineman Mikal Myers received a scholarship offer from Penn State after visiting State College, Pa., on Saturday, The Times Herald-Record reported.

       "My jaw dropped," said Myers, a second-team all-state defensive lineman last fall as a junior. "I was very excited that they liked me that much. I never thought they would offer me. I just kept thanking him."

       The 6-foot, 305-pound player told the paper he has no timetable on making his college choice. Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn, Georgia Tech and Temple are among the programs showing interest, though Penn State was the first to offer.

       Myers was one of about 20 juniors to make an unofficial visit over the weekend. He is projected as a defensive lineman in college.

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