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Thursday, April 23, 2015: Georgetown recruit Govan selected top Class AA player

   Leading off today: Low-post standout Jessie Govan, who led Wings Academy to a state Federation championship this winter, is the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class AA player of the year in boys basketball.

   The announcement, along with all-state selections in Classes AA and A, was made this morning.

   The 6-foot-10 Govan, who'll head to Georgetown in the fall, averaged 24.5 points a game as Wings rolled to a 30-2 record. He is joined on the Class AA firstteam by teammate Desure Buie, a guard who averaged 17.1 points a game.

   The NYSSWA has selected co-players of the year in Class A: seniors Joe Cremo of Scotia--Glenville and LaTerrance Reed of Canisius.

   It is the second consecutive player of the year away for Cremo, who led Scotia-Glenville to a 53-game winning streak that was snapped last month with an overtime setback to Canisius in the Federation semifinals. Cremo, who'll play at nearby SUNY Albany next season, scored 28 points in his scholastic swan song to boost his career total to 2,159.

   Reed was the key to Canisius' run to a Federation Class A championship. The guard averaged 16.7 points per game. The senior point guard, who was the MVP of both the CHSAA title game and Federation Class A tournament, also averaged five assists per game.

   The complete all-state team for Classes AA and A can be found here. The all-state team for Classes B, C and D was announced last week.

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Recent all-state teams    We once again extend a thank you to Steve Grandin of the New York State Sportswriters Association for editing the all-state teams in all five classes.

   Wow. Just wow. Here's the kind of day Wednesday was for baseball: Gates Chili scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a win and it wasn't the most insane game in the state.

   Heck, it wasn't seven the most insane game in Section 5.

   First, the Gates Chili game in which the Spartans stormed back to edge Spencerport 12-11. Michael Zinone started the Spartans rally with a two-run single and Casey Guary (2-for-5, three RBIs) scored Mike Donofrio on a sacrifice fly for the win.

   Paolo Gersonia struck out four in two innings of relief for the win.

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   While that game was going on, Honeoye Falls-Lima was beating Pittsford Sutherland 22-21 in other Monroe County League action.

   The Cougars were in control 14-4 through five innings, but Sutherland scored seven runs in the sixth inning and then the Knights plated 10 more in the top of the seventh to take a 21-16 lead. Then, HF-L's Collin Correll produced a game-tying single and the winning run came around to score on a throwing error.

   Andrew Bailey was 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in for the Cougars.

   Rankings progress: With the addition of softball and then baseball in the past 24 hours, we know have the full complement of spring sports rankings posted online.

   A new twist from baseball editor Tom Vartanian in Cortland is the addition of a separate top 10 for New York City thanks to a hand from MSG Varsity.

   We hesitated in the past to list New York City teams within the regular rankings because baseball in the city can be an entirely different animal. As you'll notice, there are PSAL teams with as many as 22 games under their belts. Weighing their wins and losses in an environment in which No. 4 and 5 starting pitchers might take the mound several times a month is impractical for the overall state rankings alongside teams that might only have three games under their belts so far.

   Change at Stepinac: Archbishop Stepinac officials announced that 2006 graduate Pat Massaroni has been promoted to head boys basketball coach, replacing Steve Herman. Massaroni previously coached the school's Varsity B program, The Journal News reported.

   Herman had been 20-32 the past two seasons, including 13-23 in the CHSAA's 'AA' league. Massaroni has college experience on the staffs at Marist and James Madison.

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