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Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015: Morton reportedly returning to Lincoln

   Leading off today: Considering we're scarcely a week deep into the football regular season, there sure was a lot of New York high school basketball news being made Monday.

   Here's what we mean:

   'Tiny' back at Lincoln: Dwayne "Tiny" Morton is returning as the head coach at PSAL power Abraham Lincoln in Brooklyn, blogger Adam Zagoria reported citing multiple sources.

   Morton had left following the 2013-14 season to accept a job on the staff at Division I Seton Hall. He recently resigned that position to return to teaching in New York City at Shirley Tanyhill School. Morton told Zagoria he was not able to comment.

   Morton, 44, was highly successful at Lincoln, winning eight city championships and three state Federation crowns while rolling up more than 400 wins in 19 seasons.

   Veteran assistant Kenny Pretlow coached Lincoln last season with assistant James Barrett. Their status going forward is not yet known.

   College decisions: Two of the best rising seniors in upstate boys basketball announced their college plans minutes apart on Labor Day.

   Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, who became upstate's most sought-after player in the Class of 2016 shortly after leading the Plainsmen to a NYSPHSAA championship, tweeted Monday afternoon he had selected the University of Maryland.

   The 6-foot-5 guard made the decision following an official visit to the campus and with Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon over the weekend. He'd narrowed the decision down to Maryland, Creighton, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame and Villanova. His other official visit had been to Villanova.

   "I thought I was really going to do all of my visits," Huerter told The Times Union. "I knew I really liked Maryland. When the recruiting really picked up, that was the school I really liked the most and I had a good relationship with their coaching staff.

   "I was always confident in myself and I thought I had the

  
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ability, but everything kind of blew up (since March). It has been a tiring road. I'm glad this has happened."

   Huerter was selected second-team all-state in Class AA after averaging 18.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as a Shen junior. On a balanced championship team, he was the glue.

   "Kevin did things in a completely unselfish way," Shen coach Tony Dzikas told the paper. "When he plays basketball, he is not a me-first kid or me-first player. He makes all the right decisions and I think Maryland could see that."

   Huerter's stock rose steadily over the spring and summer as he played for the Albany City Rocks. One of his teammates was Anthony Lamb, a rising senior at Greece Athena. Lamb made his college announcement on Twitter right after seeing his friend's updated status there.

   The 6-6 forward committed to the University of Vermont coming off a season in which he averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds to pull down a sport on the NYSSWA first team in Class A after leading the Trojans to a NYSPHSAA final in Glens Falls.

   Lamb's tweener size scared off many larger programs, but he held about a dozen offers from mid-majors. The more he evaluated his options, the more Lamb decided the Catamounts, who've won at least 20 games for seven straight seasons, were the right choice.

   "I committed because I felt like everyone was focused on winning and getting to the tournament," Lamb told the Burlington Free Press in a text message. "I met all the players on the team this year and know there is a good tradition of winning in the past."

   Weekend leftover: Oswego senior quarterback Logan Neira made a nice return to action after having his junior season ended after three games due to a knee injury.

   Neira went 11-for-14 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns Friday in a 55-12 win over Watkins Glen. He connected with Pat Bilbrey for a school-record 98-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

   "I thought he played fantastic," Indians coach Steve Virkler told The Press & Sun-Bulletin. "He had three incomplete passes. Two of them were dropped, and the other he threw away because they were covered. He couldn't have played any better."

   The Cipp coaching tree: Newsday wrote a nice feature on the Cipp family of football coaches, headed by Joe Cipp Jr., over the weekend.    "I remember when he would watch film with his coaches in the den,'' said Joe Cipp III, 46. "We'd just sit on the floor and hear everybody talking football. Not that we knew what was going on, but being exposed to it and growing up in that kind of environment, the idea of coaching wasn't scary. It was just what you do."

   Joe III now coaches Bellport. Jeff Cipp, 42, coaches Longwood. Each earned a No. 1 seed for last year's Long Island playoffs and was voted coach of the year.

   "I remember the coaches' meeting at the house on Sundays," Jeff Cipp said with a laugh. "I don't really remember the film, but I do remember the doughnuts."

   Their father, 67, coached Bellport to 211 victories to set a Section 11 record.


  
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