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Wednesday, April 27, 2011: All-state basketball teams announced
   Leading off today: Seniors Jabarie Hinds and Achraf Yacoubou are sharing another honor.

   Last month, the two were selected co-recipients of the Mr. Basketball Award by the Basketball Coaches Association of America. Today, they were named players of the year in their respective classes by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Hinds averaged 17.5 points in leading Mount Vernon to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation Class A basketball titles this season. Yacoubou averaged 18.8 points in leading Long Island Lutheran to the Class A crown.

   Also selected as players of the year were seniors Kevin Punter (Salesian, Class B), Chris Holland (I-Prep at Grover Cleveland, Class C) and Fred Russ (New York Mills, Class D).

   The full NYSSWA all-state boys basketball lists have been posted to the website.

   Streak's over: Poly Prep's 63-game winning streak in Ivy League softball ended Tuesday in Tarrytown with a 6-4 loss to Hackley. The Blue Devils had last lost in the league in 2006.

   Winning pitcher Krista Lancione surrendered just four hits. Hackley broke open a 3-2 in the sixth.

   Baseball drama: Several of Long Island's top baseball teams had close calls on Tuesday as the regular season reached the midpoint of the 2011 season.

   Chris Rodriguez hit a walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning as Plainedge beat Bethpage 7-3 to improve to 10-0 in Conference A-III. Bethpage's Joey Schultheis' had belted a two-run double to tie the game in the top of the inning.

   Rob Henderson's bases-loaded double with no one out in the bottom of the seventh brought home the final three Clarke runs for a 12-11 win vs. Mineola in Conference A-IV, improving the club to 10-0 this season. Clarke had pulled ahead 8-7 in the sixth inning on John Jarosz's three-run home run only to see Mineola pull back ahead in the top of the seventh.

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   Calhoun rallied past highly regarded Bellmore JFK 7-6 behind Thomas Viverito's run-scoring triple and Zach Goldstein's two-out single in the top of the seventh to improve to 8-0 in Conference AA-III and 11-1 overall. JFK was leading 6-1 before Mike Mugno came on to strike out six and throw 3 1/3 shutout innings. Mike Grossane then finished it off with a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.

   New weight classes: The National Federation of State High School Associations has announced significant changes to wrestling weight classes for the 2011-12 season.

   Ten weight classes were shifted upward, setting up competition at 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285 pounds.

   The last major change in classes came in 1988, when the lightest class went from 98 to 103 pounds. The only other changes since were passed in 2002 -- when the 215-pound class became mandatory -- and in 2006, when the 275-pound class was increased to 285.

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