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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014: Mr. Basketball, Miss Basketball finalist lists

   Leading off today: New York City standouts Isaiah Whitehead of Abraham Lincoln and Khadeen Carrington of Bishop Loughlin highlight a list of 2014 Mr. Basketball finalists that otherwise has a distinctly upstate flavor to it.

   Joining Whitehead and Carrington on the list for the top individual honor presented by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York are Section 6 stars Sterling Taplin (Williamsville North) and Wil Bathurst (Olean) and Section 5 top performers Emmitt Holt (Webster Schroeder) and Dontay Caruthers (Rochester East).

   The list of Miss Basketball finalists is split evenly between upstate and downstate:

  • Sierra Calhoun, Christ the King
  • Katie Doherty, Sachem East
  • Miranda Drummond, Harpursville
  • Emily Durr, Utica Notre Dame
  • Aaliayah Jones, Murry Bergtraum
  • Maria Ruff, Oneonta
   The 2013 awards went to Jon Severe (Christ the King) and Saniya Chong (Ossining).

   This year's winners will be selected early next month and recognized during the NYSPHSAA and Federation championships.

   Reign is over: People smarter than me started issuing warnings about a month ago that the Irvington girls did not quite have the weapons to reel in a fifth straight NYSPHSAA Class B or third straight Federation championship.

   Their suspicions were confirmed Tuesday when Dobbs Ferry (11-10) beat the Bulldogs, ranked second in the state, 55-52 in an overtime Section 1 Class B semifinal.

   Dobbs Ferry, which upset Irvington 69-62 during the regular season, will play Woodlands on Saturday in the sectional final.

   Irvington roared to leads of 18-5 in the first quarter and 32-23 at the half, but Dobbs Ferry chipped away as Alyssa Chipelo scored 14 of her 21 points after the intermission and then Molly Althoz scored five of her 16 points in the OT.

   Laurilyn Gelardi paced Irvington with 19 points.

   "We went cold," Irvington coach Gina Maher told The Journal News. "We didn't adjust to their zone. In the second half, I think they played with a lot more confidence than we did."

  
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   State skiing, Day 2: Pittsford Mendon senior Hunter Doyle completed his sweep of the individual disciplines, winning the boys giant slalom Tuesday in the NYSPHSAA championships at Bristol Mountain.

   Doyle completed two runs in 1 minute, 55.50 seconds to edge Kieran Mottau of Saratoga (1:55.85). Doyle won the slalom competition a day earlier and was crowned the overall champion.

   In the girls GS, Julia Smith of Shenendehowa won in 2:00.39 and also earned overall honors.

   The Saratoga boys and Shen girls secured the team titles.

   In the final day of nordic action, the Pittsford Mendon trio of Jack Benotti, Connor Green and Tommy Ernst won the relay in a time of 30:44. It was the Vikings' third consecutive title in the meet, and they also won the combined scoring.

   Queensbury captured the girls relay in 36:25 with the team of Megan Kellogg, Stephanie Gengel and Tyra Wynn. It was enough to carry Queensbury to the overall championship in the girls competition by one point over Honeoye Falls-Lima.


  
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