Leading off today:
Seniors Jordan Roland of Westhill and Joel Wincowski of Lake George have been selected boys basketball players of the year in their respective classes for the second time.
The announcement came this morning as the New York State Sportswriters Association released its all-state teams in Classes B, C and D.
Roland, a 6-foot-1 senior heading to George Washington University in the Atlantic-10 Conference this fall, repeated in Class B after averaging 21.4 points a game. He twice was selected MVP of the state basketball finals in Glens Falls after the Warriors won back-to-back NYSPHSAA crowns in Class B. Earlier today, Syracuse.com named Roland as its All-CNY small schools player of the year after he helped his team to a 70-6 mark over the past three seasons.
Wincowski was the NYSSWA Class C player of the year in 2013 as a sophomore, and John Rooney of Hoosic Valley earned the honor a year ago. Now, Wincowski makes it three in a row for Section 2. The Maryland-Baltimore County recruit averaged 33 points a game as a senior and finished as Section 2's career scoring leader.
He capped his stellar career with a story-book shot -- knocking down a game-winning 3-pointer vs. Waterville in the NYSPHSAA Class C title game at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Class D player of the year could be the next two-time award recipient. Charles Manning Jr. averaged 22.9 points a game as a junior in leading Bridgehampton to a NYSPHSAA championship.
Manning is the first Long Island player to earn the Class D honor since Ryan Creighton of Greenport shared the 2009 award with Chris Secky of Maple Grove in 2009. Manning's father, Maurice Manning, was the NYSPHSAA Class D player of the year for the Killer Bees in 1997 and '98.
The complete 2015 all-state team for Classes B, C and D can be found here. The Class AA and A teams are scheduled to be announced next week. Here are some helpful links to basketball-related material from the NYSSWA:
Past NYSSWA players of the year
Recent all-state teams
On the move:
The word out of Troy is that Catholic Central star guard Anthony Mack
will transfer to Blair Academy in New Jersey in the fall.
Mack told The Record he expects to reclassify to the Class of 2017 when he enrolls at Blair Academy.
Mack led Catholic Central with 26 points a game in the just-concluded season and is the school's career scoring leader.
"I'm super-excited. Every player I'll be playing with on my team will go D-I and I'll be playing my own position," Mack told the paper. "Blair has a great coach and a great background."
Mack already holds offers from Dartmouth, Yale and several other schools.
Baseball milestone: Holy Trinity baseball coach Bob Malandro secured career win No. 400 Wednesday with a 6-0 win over Manhasset St. Mary's. Malandro, 68, is in his 26th season as head coach -- all at Holy Trinity.
Following up: The controversy at Jamesville-DeWitt isn't fading away all that quickly. Supporters of the ex-boys basketball coach returned to Wednesday's school board meeting to reiterate their support for Bob McKenney, Syracuse.com reported.