Leading off today:
We're just three days away from the start of the second annual BCANY Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City, with nine teams slated to participate in boys and girls competitions.
Action runs Friday through Sunday at three Johnson City schools. Schedules and directions can be found on the Basketball Coaches Association of New York website. The Saturday schedule includes dunking and 3-point shooting contests, as well as informational meetings to help parents navigate the college recruiting process.
The BCANY, which has become increasingly active in recent years in supporting the sport, launched its Summer Hops Festival in 2011 in response to the demise of the Empire State Games.
A few of the names that jumped out at me as I scanned the rosters included these all-staters, with the list of girls stars especially deep:
* Tom Campion, Jamestown, 8th team
* Javion Ogunyemi, Troy, 10th team
* John Schurman, Fayette.-Manlius, 10th team
* Tim McKenzie, Central Islip, 11th team
* Mitch Herman, Webster Schroeder, 11th team
* Matt Crockett, Xavier, 4th team
* Alex Smith, Marlboro, 9th team
* Kyle Gallagher, Maine-Endwell, 10th team
* Joshua Blagrove, Bishop Ford, 12th team
* Jordan Gleason, Watervliet, 2nd team
* Sam Eckstrom, Olean, 3rd team
* Will Bathurst, Olean, 3rd team
* Ian Thom, Coton-Harmon, 5th team
* Eric Paschall, Dobbs Ferry, 5th team
* Tyler Lydon, Pine Plains, 2nd team
* Justin Cooper, Pine Plains, 4th team
* Will Thomas, Morrisville-Eaton, 5th team
* Alex Hall, Beaver River, 8th team
* Joey Lufkin, Argyle, 1st team
* Saniya Chong, Ossining, 1st team
* Val Oyahkilome, Lindenhurst, 3rd team
* Destini Walker, Ossining, 4th team
* Emia Willingham-Hurst, Albany, 4th team
* Margot Hetzke, Penfield, 4th team
* Kori Bayne-Walker, Gates Chili, 6th team
* Haliann Fitzgerald, Valley Central, 6th team
* Cali Balfour, John Jay E. Fishkill, 8th team
* Cierra Dillard, Gates Chili, 8th team
* Sarah Bowles, Cicero-N. Syracuse, 9th team
* Lucy Covley, Penfield, 9th team
* Abbey Timpano, Cicero-N. Syracuse, 10th team
* Rose Ayala, Rochester East, 1st team
* Julianne Wilkerson, Red Hook, 3rd team
* Shannon Duer, Islip, 3rd team
* Cassie Oursler, Grand Island, 4th team
* Toni Pilla, Ardsley. 6th team
* Kayleigh Cavanaugh, J'ville-DeWitt, 6th team
* La'Trice Hall, Buff. Sacred Heart, 6th team
* Jontay Walton, Holy Angels, 7th team
* Lexi Martins, Irvington, 1st team
* Brittni Lai, Irvington, 1st team
* Emily Durr, Utica Notre Dame, 2nd team
* Paris Hodges, Southampton, 2nd team
* Anna Ross, Westhill, 3rd team
* Mikayla Deguire, Watervliet, 4th team
* Austin Stevens, South Jefferson, 4th team
* Marle Curle, Plattsburgh, 6th team
* Ciara Rosten, Lancaster St. Mary's, 7th team
* Breanna Celaj, Briarcliff, 8th team
* Allyson Freiermuth, Holland Patent, 8th
* Shannon Ryan, Beekmantown, 9th team
* Miranda Drummond, Harpursville, 2nd team
* Maia Hood, Alexander Hamilton, 3rd team
* Kristen Dodge, Fabius-Pompey, 4th team
* Jasmine Robinson, Alex. Hamilton, 7th
* Bailey Hixson, Red Jacket, 7th team
* Alexis Fauvelle, West Canada, 8th team
* Christina Graziadei, Oriskany, 3rd team
The full rosters for this weekend's 18 teams are available on the BCANY site in a PDF format: Boys
New hire at St. Ray's: Jorge Lopez, 38, was introduced Monday as the new boys basketball coach at St. Raymond, replacing Oliver Antigua, who joined the Manhattan College staff.
Lopez arrived at the Bronx school 12 years ago and spent the last nine seasons as Antigua’s top assistant as well as the freshman coach. AD Ben Aguirre said Lopez was selected from among five finalists.
Lopez, who teaches history, described the appointment as “a privilege.” He inherits a team with just two seniors but substantial talent in the underclassmen ranks that he helped develop.
“I believe we’re going to have a lot of success,” Lopez told The New York Post. “I think we can continue on the winning tradition of St. Raymond’s.”
Progress: One of the trademarks of the weekly New York State Sportswriters Association newsletters was the periodic updates of the state's all-time winningest coaches in several key sports. With our announcement this spring that we were ending the newsletters and shifting exclusively online, we've also begun the migration of such key reference material.
In recent weeks, we've expanded our coaches win lists in football, boys basketball and boys lacrosse from just the top 25 to the full compilations that had been reproduced annually in the newsletters.
The next major undertaking will be the most ambitious. Paul Hutzler is putting the finishing touches on his state football record book updates, after which we'll code it up in its entirety and post in online. Whereas in the past we've cut off most major categories at the top 25 performances, we'll now go over 100 players deep in such categories as career rushing yards or passing yards in a season.
It'll make for the most authoritative reference manual available across the state.