Leading off today:
Former Syracuse University football coach Paul Pasqualoni has his third commitment from New York's Class of 2013 to attend UConn as Poly Prep defensive end/tight end Cameron Stapleton verbally committed, The Advance
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound player picked the Huskies over Syracuse and could have an early opportunity at playing time because the Huskies are staring at significant graduation losses after this season.
“I’m glad to get my decision out of the way so I can now focus on my senior year,” he told the paper.
UConn's other commitments from New Yorkers thus far are Beach Channel defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi and Westlake offensive tackle Tommy Hopkins.
Leaving: Floral Park girls basketball point guard Kaela Hilaire is transferring to Long Island Lutheran, her father told Newsday. The Crusaders will have a potent backcourt with Hilaire, a rising sophomore, and Boogie Brozoski, first-team all-state in Class B last winter.
Hilaire averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 assists as an eighth-grader and led Floral Park to the Section 8 Class A semifinals last season.
Staying: Akeel Lynch, at times spectacular last season as a senior running back at Buffalo St. Francis, tweeted over the weekend he remains committed to the Penn State football program this fall.
"I will be wearing #22 in Blue&White jersey come Sept. 1st #WeStillAre #PennState #Sorryforthewait," Lynch tweeted.
Lynch had been considering a transfer to Iowa according to several reports. He'd picked Penn State over Iowa, Ole Miss and Oklahoma.
Penn State's been roiled by transfers and rumors of departures in the fallout from harsh NCAA sanctions after the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. The big blow thus far has been the defection of running back Silas Redd to Southern Cal. That opens the door for Lynch to ascend the depth chart more quickly than originally anticipated.
Summer Hoops Festival recap: Hudson Valley swept the boys and girls divisions of the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City over the weekend. Brian Daniels of Briarcliff and Saniya Chong of Ossining scored MVP honors.
Hudson Valley won the girls title with a 91-90 victory over Central in the final. Ossining’s Destini Walker made