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Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015: Christ the King's Toussaint commits to Virginia

   Leading off today: The only returning first-team all-state selection in girls Class AA basketball has made her college plans.

   Toussaint averaged 21.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a 5-foot-9 junior while also routinely guarded the opponent's top guard or forward.

   Guard Dominique Toussaint, a rising senior at Christ the King, announced Monday that she has committed to continue her career at the University of Virginia beginning in the fall of 2016.

   Cavaliers coach Joanne Boyle is 72-56 in four seasons in Charlottesville and 276-149 in her career.

   CK teammate Sydney Zambrotta is also closing in on her college decision. Zambrotta, fourth-team all-state last season as a junior, told last week that she has narrowed her choices to Louisville, Miami, Minnesota, Pitt and South Carolina.

   Honoring a champion: Monday was Jamie Loeb Day in Ossining.

   Since winning the NYSPHSAA singles championship as an Ossining sophomore in 2010, Loeb has gone on to the University of North Carolina, where she has been the ACC player of the year twice and won the NCAA championship this spring.

   "It's so nice to have someone who grew up in our community and is making it big on the tennis scene come back and spend the afternoon here," Mayor Victoria Gearity said. "She seems to be very enthusiastic, positive and friendly athlete."

   So far this summer, Loeb has won the singles title at the ITF Hunt Classic in El Paso, Texas and a doubles crown last month in Stockton, Calif. She has earned a spot in the main draw at the U.S. Open later this month.

   Sentencing set: A federal judge set a Nov. 20 sentencing date for Phillip A. Kenner, a former Nichols hockey standout convicted last month of scamming NHL stars out of millions of dollars, The Buffalo News reported.

   Kenner, 46, was convicted of six felony counts of wire fraud, conspiring to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering after a 10-week jury trial in Central Islip. Kenner and co-defendant Tommy Constantine were convicted of defrauding investors. His list of clients included former Buffalo Sabres Michael Peca, Jay McKee, Joe Juneau, Brian Campbell and Jason Woolley.

   A star on Nichols in the 1980s, Kenner received a scholarship to play hockey at RPI.

   Calling all helpers: NYSSWA historian Paul Hutzler is making progress on his annual update of the state football record book, which we'll post to our website later this month.

   One of Paul's more recent projects has been researching unbeaten and unscored upon seasons. This week, he added two Mynderse teams (1938 and '46) and the 1953 Syracuse CBA squad to his lists.

   His most recent research also eliminated several teams from 1927-59 that we had thought may have been candidates but fell short.

   Is there anyone out there with complete sets of scores from the following teams that Paul is trying to check out?

  • 1930 DeWitt Clinton
  • 1932 New Rochelle
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   Startling turnover: reported recently that 19 high schools in Section 3 named new head football coaches in the offseason -- just under 25 percent of the 77 football-playing schools.

   Among them are 15 are assistants who've moved up in the same program or gone to another school, and three 2014 varsity coaches who will be on the sidelines at a different school. Another, Paul Muench at Fayetteville-Manlius, returns after stepping down in 2012.

   Section 3 football chairman Keith Kempney said he cannot remember when there have been more new coaches.

   "This has been more change than I've ever seen," said Kempney, who is among them as the new Clinton head coach.

   Prospects need a plan: The Press & Sun-Bulletin is doing a series this month about high school sports. The theme of the first installment: Talent alone won't get most athletes recruited.

   "When we've had our recruiting meetings, we want every kid to check three boxes," Binghamton University men's basket-ball head coach Tommy Dempsey told the paper. "The first box is he has to be talented enough as a basketball player and fit our style. That's the first thing we're looking for.

   "The second thing we're looking for is that academic piece. We have to get the transcripts early in the process. We have to know if he is admittable to Binghamton University. If he's a guy who can be successful here as a student. Then the third box we look at it the character piece."

   Extra points: Bill Murphy is the new boys basketball coach at Scarsdale, replacing Jon Feld. Murphy spent nine seasons at New Rochelle before stepping down in 2012.

   Valhalla replaced John DiBetta with Mike Auerbach, who coached Irvington from 2011-14.

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