Leading off today:
The end may not be near for Nazareth after all.
The Brooklyn school, which advanced its boys and girls basketball teams to Albany for this weekend's Federation tournament, is slated to close at the end of the current school year, but The New York Post reported Friday that there is a possibility the doors could remain open next fall.
Principal Providencia Quiles announced last week that the Nazareth board of trustees has given the administration three goals -- raise $700,000, add 80 new students and develop a strategic plan looking three to five years out. Quiles said the East Flatbush school has 66 students registered, has raised $100,000 and is close to completing the long-term plan.
“A lot of it has been driven from parents, alumni and the students,” Quiles told the paper. “Everyone seems to be completely dedicated to keeping our doors open.”
Calhoun honored: UConn-bound guard Omar Calhoun of Christ the King was selected Gatorade's New York boys basketball player of the year. The 6-foot-5 senior averaged 25.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals this past season to help the Royals to a 19-8 record. He hold's the school's record for career points at 1,770.
On the move: Tavon Sledge is one-and-done at Iowa State, opting to look at other schools for a better opportunity to play according to ZagsBlog.com.
Sledge, a first-team all-state pick in Class AA as a Half Hollow Hills West senior last winter, played in just eight games, averaging 2.3 minutes at Iowa State.
Sledge initially chose Iowa State over West Virginia, St. John’s, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Rutgers. “He’s wide open,” AAU coach Mike Moore said. “He just got his release today. He just wants to go where an opportunity exists.”
Cipp resigns: Joe Cipp Jr., Suffolk County's winningest football coach before his retirement last year, resigned as South Country Central School District superintendent Wednesday night in the aftermath of allegations of grade-fixing involving a former player now at Syracuse University.
The school board voted 5-3 vote to accept Cipp's resignation and will pay him $545,280 -- his salary through May 2, 2014, Newsday reported. The meeting included a confrontation between a board member and Cipp's son, Joseph Cipp III, 42, who is head football coach at Bellport.
Cipp Jr., 63, was not at Wednesday night's meeting, but said in a statement, "As we move into critical months for testing with our students, I feel as a leader, I must take the appropriate action to put the focus back on our students and academics," the paper reported.
The controversy stemmed from accusations made last year by fired principal Kevin O'Connell, who said Cipp pressured employees to change Ryan Sloan's grades so the football star could qualify to enroll in college. Cipp has consistently maintained the accusation was false.
Too busy to defend: Cornwall sophomore tennis star