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Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015: Cardozo knocks off No. 1 Long Island Lutheran

   Leading off today: Cardozo dominated the overtime period and defeated Long Island Lutheran 61-50 on Friday in the semifinals of the SNY Invitational boys basketball tournament.

   Cardozo junior guard Tareq Coburn scored eight of his 12 points in overtime, ranked No. 1 in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Sixth-ranked Cardozo will face No. 5 Wings Academy, a 62-54 winner vs. No. 25 Cardinal Hayes, in Saturday's championship game in a matchup of PSAL teams.

   With Cardozo ahead by three with just under 2:00 left in overtime, Coburn doubled the lead when he was fouled on a layup and completed the three-point play.

   "We were playing hard but we needed one more extra push so I just had to turn up one more time and give it all I got," Coburn told The Daily News.

   Before Coburn's run, junior Aaron Walker got the Judges to overtime with seven straight points on his way to 19 for the game.

   In the second game, Georgetown recruit Jessie Govan scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half as Wings jumped out to a 30-21 halftime lead.

   Talking about teaming up: As The Leader in Corning notes, Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour have been Schuyler County football rivals, playing "The Bucket Game" most seasons.

   But with Odessa-Montour's 2014 season cut to two games due to a lack of players and Watkins Glen have some concerns about its own numbers in recent years, representatives of the two school districts will meet Monday to discuss the possibility of joining forces in football.

   The workshop will include the boards of education from both Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour to discuss possible options and logistics.

   "Numbers - or lack there of - is the reason why we looked into this option," O-M athletic manager Skip Strobel told the paper in an email. "O-M could not field a football team on its own and is looking at options with merging with other school districts."

   Odessa-Montour was a combined 0-10 the past two falls and hasn't won since October 2012. Watkins Glen was 5-3 in 2014.

   Changes at Troy: Mike Hurteau resigned as head football coach at Troy on Friday after one season, citing personal reasons.

   "The pure reason for leaving is I have some family and personal things that have happened and, right now, it is more important for me to be with my family," he told The Record on Saturday. "I can't give everything I want to give to the Troy High program. I'm the type of person where, if I can't do everything full out, then I don't want to take on that task."

   Hurteau replaced longtime coach Jack Burger last March and went 4-5. Previously, Hurteau was a player at Troy and the JV coach for six seasons.

   Troy AD Paul Reinisch told the paper Saturday that no decisions about the next head coach have been made, but the Times Union reported Friday that Bob Burns, the defensive coordinator under Burger, will be Hurteau's replacement.

   "We have nothing to say about that, nothing has been confirmed," Reinisch told The Record.

   But Burns told the Times Union veteran Burger assistants Sam Marro and Jim Canfield will join him on the coaching staff and said some of Hurteau's assistants will be retained.

   "I am excited," Burns said. "I have to get Troy back where it belongs."

   More football: Bryan Hogan, who was a longtime Roy C. Ketcham assistant, is on Monday's school board meeting agenda to become the new football coach, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

   Hogan was an assistant under former Ketcham coach Pat Keevins for several seasons, and has taught history at Ketcham since 2006.

   Keevins resigned in January 2014 after eight seasons and was an assistant at Poughkeepsie last fall. Bill Roos took over the program and was 0-5 before resigning on Oct. 9. Defensive coordinator Ed Coviello took over as interim coach, and Ketcham finished 1-7.

   Dismal outlook: With National Letter of Intent Day for high school football recruits coming up on Feb. 3, the outlook for New York seniors looks as dismal as I can ever remember. Though there are three sure candidates (led by T.J. Wheatley's likely selection of Michigan) and perhaps three or so other possibilities out there, I can only count 14 verbal commitments thus far to major colleges:

  • Brandon Coleman, QB, Archbishop Stepinac (Navy)
  • Tyler Davis, QB, Mepham (UConn)
  • Jordan Fredericks, RB, Lawrence (Syracuse)
  • Jordan Gowins, RB, St. Anthony's (Boston College)
  • Duke Hwang, DE, Williamsville North (Buffalo)
  • Tyrone Perkins, RB, Friends Academy (Syracuse)
  • John Phillips, OL, Syracuse CBA (Boston College)
  • Deonte Roberts, LB, Erasmus Hall (Rutgers)
  • Kamaal Seymour, DT, Grand Street (Rutgers)
  • Qaadir Sheppard, LB, Iona Prep (Syracuse)
  • Cameron Skipworth, RB, Baldwinsville (Buffalo)
  • Brandon Smiley, WR, Sweet Home (Buffalo)
  • Michael Tarbutt, K, Canisius (UConn)
  • Jaelen Vazquez, OL, Cardinal Hayes (Old Dominion)

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