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Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015: Iona Prep defeats Christ the King

   Leading off today: If Iona Prep wasn't on your boys basketball radar despite a No. 6 ranking in the state, the Gaels certainly deserve your attention now.

   Virginia commit Ty Jerome scored 24 points to highlight a 64-50 win Saturday vs. seventh-ranked Christ the King, the two-time defending Federation Class AA champion. Iona Prep also got 15 points and six rebounds from senior Tom Capuano and 12 points and 10 rebounds from Notre Dame recruit Matt Ryan.

   Iona Prep improved to 16-3 with its 10th straight win. The streak includes triumphs vs. CHSAA heavyweights St. Raymond and Cardinal Hayes.

   "We think we're the best team in the league," Ryan told The Journal News. "We just have to win out now. I think tonight was our 10th win in a row. I don't think we should lose another game in the league. We just have to keep winning and we'll be all right."

   More boys basketball: Westhill star Jordan Roland scored 31 points, but it couldn't stop Syracuse Henninger from coming away with a 59-48 victory over the Warriors.

   Henninger, ranked 17th in Class AA, held the state's No. 1 Class B team to its lowest output of the season.

   "I didn't know if we could stop them as well as we did," Henninger coach Eric Saroney told "I thought we played great team defense."

   In Rochester, Zac DiSalvo made a runner in the lane with two seconds remaining to lift Greece Athena past Jamestown 70-69. Athena is ranked third in Class A.

   Jay Sarkis made five first-half 3-pointers and paced the Trojans' five double-figure scorers with 20 points.

   Strange but true: One of the most bizarre DUI arrests ever took place Friday night during a girls high school hockey game in Fargo, N.D.

   Zamboni driver Steven Anderson, whose job it was to clean the ice during intermissions in the game between Davies High and Williston High, was arrested before the end of the second period, WDAY reported.

   "I've been here for 22 years and we have not had an incident like this before," said Jim Larson, an administrator for the Fargo Park District, which operates the arena.

   According to Larson, school officials and spectators noticed some erratic driving of the Zamboni and a Fargo Public Schools employee called the police. That led to Anderson being booked into jail on suspicion of DUI.

   Change coming? We'll know in about eight weeks if any venues are interested in wresting the New York State Public High School Athletic Association football semifinals away from Dietz Stadium in Kingston and/or Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester.

   The NYSPHSAA sent out requests for bids last week for the 2015-16 semis as well as the 2016-18 finals. Responses are due in mid-March and the evaluation process will begin March 30. State officials are scheduled to vote on recommendations May 1.

   Following up: Former Wayland-Cohocton coach and AD Richard "Rich" Martello died unexpectedly in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Jan. 18 at the age of 69.

   He retired in 2001 after teaching physical education for 34 years and coaching a variety of sports including track, cross country, basketball and volleyball. Martello was also

a girls basketball referee.

   Maybe switching things up: The Foothills Council in Section 2 is considering changes to its basketball schedule so that boys play on Mondays and Thursdays and girls get the Friday night spotlight to go along with Tuesday games, The Post-Star reported.

   This season, the Adirondack League moved Tuesday girls games to Wednesday to avoid going head-to-head with the boys. The boys and girls both play on Fridays.

   Get those nominations in: The NFHS Network is encouraging high school student broadcasters to submit nominations for the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy Awards to be presented in Atlanta this summer.

   Nominations are due Feb. 15, and three finalists in each category will be announced in early April. High school broadcast teams and students will be recognized in the following categories:

  • Best Overall School Broadcast Program
  • Best New School Broadcast Program
  • Best Live Sports Broadcast
  • Best Original Program/Feature
  • Best Student Broadcaster
  • Highlight of the Year
  • School Broadcast Program Teacher of the Year
   More details are available on the NFHS network website.

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