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Wednesday, May 6, 2015: Girls all-state basketball team announced

   Leading off today: Long Island Lutheran senior Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski completed her sweep of the state's top awards this spring with her selection as the NYSSWA's player of the year in girls Class AA basketball. It marks her third such award from the organization.

   The New York State Sportswriters Association announced its player of the year and all-star selections in all five classes Wednesday morning.

   Besides Brozoski, the following were named players of the year in their respective classes:

  • Class A: Senior guard Kharysma Bryant of Bishop Kearney in Rochester.
  • Class B: Senior guard Casey Foley of Ardsley.
  • Class C: Shared by guards Liz Millea, a Cooperstown junior, and Mckenna Maycock, a Randolph senior.
  • Class D: Sophomore guard/forward Paige McCormick of Heuvelton.
   Brozoski and Maycock each captured a share of 2014 player of their awards in their respective classes, and Brozoski also was the state Class A player of the year in 2013.

   Brozoski, a senior who led LuHi to the Federation Class AA championship last month in Albany, is headed to the University of Michigan in the fall to continue her career in the sport. Already this spring, she was selected Miss New York Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and Gatorade named her the state's top player.

   The complete 2015 all-state team has been posted online, divied into two files: Classes AA and A and Classes B, C and D.

   Hall of Fame: Former Major League Baseball star Craig Biggio headlines a class of six prominent sports figures who will be inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame this summer, the organization announced recently.

   In 20 seasons with the Houston Astros, Biggio was a seven-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and five-time NL Silver Slugger Award winner. His numerous other honors include the Roberto Clemente Award. He holds franchise records for games, at-bats, hits, runs, doubles and extra-base hits.

   Biggio, who has been a special assistant to the general manager since 2008, will join Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez in being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 26.

   Also slated for induction July 29 during the NYSPHSAA's annual Central Committee meetings in Tarrytown:

  • Alan Mallanda (Administrator, Section 2).
  • Dominic Cecere (Coach, Eastchester baseball, Section 1).
  • Karen Funk (Coach, Marathon, field hockey, Section 4)
  • Jim Hoover (Coach, Walton football, Section 4)
  • Paula Jones (Coach, Minisink Valley girls volleyball, Section 9)
   Nominations were screened by a NYSPHSAA committee following endorsements by the inductee's member section and then voted upon by a selection committee.

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   Hoover coached football at Walton for the past 39 seasons. He compiled a 306-80 record with a pair of NYSPHSAA championships, plus three perfect seasons in the pre-tournament era.

   Mallanda was a teacher, coach, official and athletic administrator for 36 years and executive director of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association for the past 15 years. Mallanda, who recently completed a two-year term as chairman of the National Executive Directors Council, spent two decades as an administrator in the Corning Painted Post District.

   Cecere has been the Eastchester coach since 1965, compiling a 712-374-3 career record and winning six sectional championships. He played in the New York Yankees organization following his graduation from NYU.

   Funk, is among the winningest field hockey coaches (520 victories) in the state after completing her 41st varsity season last fall at Marathon. Funk, who founded the school's field hockey program, has coached nine NYSPHSAA championship squads. She retired from teaching in 2006 after more than 30 years of service.

   Jones built Minisink Valley's volleyball program into a power from 1965-95 and won more than 600 matches without posting a losing season.

   Who would have thought? If someone challenged you to guess the second-most popular sport in Minnesota's scholastic sports organization, you would probably be there awhile.

   The Lake County News Chronicle reports that football remain's that state's No. 1 sport, but trapshooting is a close second with roughly 8,600 high school students competing this spring.

   Trapshooting was officially recognized as a high school sport there in 2001, but its popularity has soared in recent years at the expense of baseball and outdoor track.

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