Leading off today:
Long Island Lutheran senior standout Kentan Facey has become his school's second star in three years to be selected Gatorade's New York boys basketball player of the year.
The announcement came Thursday, a day ahead of LuHi's Class AA semifinal against Abraham Lincoln in the Federation tournament in Albany.
The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward has led the Crusaders to a 24-2 record and the No. 1 spot in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA rankings. The UConn recruit is averaging 14.5 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots this season.
Another UConn recruit, Ossining's Saniya Chong, won the Gatorade girls basketball award last week. LuHi's Achraf Yacoubou was the boys recipient in 2011.
Coaching news: Hackley girls basketball coach Shelagh Amann has resigned after posting a 202-43 record and winning five state independent schools titles in 10 seasons, The Journal News reported.
“It was a personal decision on her part,” Hackley AD Jason Edwards said. “We respect her decision, but from my perspective as the AD, she’s a huge loss for Hackley School."
Amann previously spent nine seasons as coach at Maria Regina and has 353 career victories.
Just for fun: In honor of the NCAA basketball tournament, MaxPreps.com is rolling out a fantasy tournament consisting of 50 state champions and 18 at-large teams based on two sets of national rankings.
MaxPreps is projecting Christ the King as its New York representative, figuring the Royals to win the Federation tournament this weekend.
Details of the fantasy tourney can be found on the MaxPreps site.
Awaiting a decision: The high school baseball future of Westhill senior Juan Carlos Pena is in the hands of State Supreme Court Justice James P. Murphy in Syracuse, who is expected to render a decision by next week, The Post-Standard reported.
Pena is seeking to overturn a Section 3 ruling that he is essentially a fifth-year senior athletically, making the potential pro draft pick ineligible to play this spring. (See earlier story.)
Pena and his attorney, Danny Mevec, argued in court that extenuating circumstances prevented Pena from playing high school baseball in 2010 while living in the Dominican Republic. He had played the previous season