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Friday, Dec. 11, 2015: Federation Tournament back to Glens Falls in '17

   Leading off today: The Federation Tournament will return to Glens Falls beginning in 2017.

   The New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations (NYSFSSAA) voted this week to give Glens Falls a three-year contract. The Glens Falls Civic Center hosted both the NYSPHSAA boys and Federation Tournament from 1981 to 2010, and the season-ending Federation events has been played in Albany since.

   Glens Falls will likely learn next Friday if it will retain the NYSPHSAA boys tournament beyond 2016. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Executive Committee will choose between Glens Falls and Binghamton.

   Glens Falls tournament director Doug Kenyon told The Post-Star he believed Glens Falls had the only Federation bid after Binghamton dropped out this week.

   "In no way does this mean we are not interested in getting the public school tournament back," Kenyon told the paper. "We'll continue to work hard for that."

   PSAL hoops: On Tuesday, Paul Robeson got run off the court late in the second quarter of what would become a 78-59 loss to Thomas Jefferson.

   On Thursday, Robeson recovered with a shocking 74-67 win over Abraham Lincoln. Isaac Kante led the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Carl Jackson chipped in with 15 points.

   More boys basketball: Lancaster ended a 36-game losing streak to Jamestown by beating the Red Raiders 52-49 on their home court. Joe Powers scored 15 points and Alex Konst added 13 as the Legends improved to 4-0 by beating the defending Section 6 Class AA champions.

   Wellsville senior Liam Ebert is now his school's career scoring leader in two sports. Ebert set the Lions' boys soccer marks for goals and points in the fall, and now he's the No. 1 scorer in basketball as well.

   Liam Ebert broke James Braunscheidel's record with 20 points Thursday in Wellsville's 73-31 win over Addison. He now stands at 1,082 points, two more that Braunscheidel, a 2008 graduate.

   Ebert also handed out nine assists in the win.

   Change of heart, maybe (Part 1): Grand Street Campus wide receiver Ahmed Bah wrote on Twitter this week that he has decommitted from Rutgers in light of the coaching change in football. But he also indicated that the Scarlet Knights are not entirely out of the picture.

   The 6-foot-4 seniors had been solidly in the fold for Rutgers since the summer but says now he'll make his decision on National Letter of Intent day in February. He's still expected to make an official visit to Rutgers.

   Change of heart, maybe (Part 2): If the new football staff at Syracuse University is eager to hang on to the commitment by Aquinas linebacker Taylor Riggins, they have a funny way of showing it.

   Rivals.com reports that as of Thursday, Riggins was one of a few players having verbally committed who still hadn't heard a peep from Orange coaches at the same time that they're obviously doing heavy-duty hand-holding of more highly regarded recruits.

   I've had a suspicion that Riggins' season-ending knee injury was going to be a potential problem, because the recently fired Scott Shafer staff had shown the most interest in Riggins based upon his performance at the SU prospect camp last summer.

   The new staff is certainly entitled to decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to honor offers made by Shafer's staff, but leaving a kid hanging isn't the best way to make friends and influence people in Section 5.

   Then again, it's been awhile since SU football has made

  
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New Yorkers from north of the NYC bedroom-community suburbs a priority.

   From the Rochester area alone, Syracuse whiffed on Gates Chili's Jacquis Webb (Rutgers) on signing day in 2014, Eastridge offensive line-man Alex Officer (Pitt) in 2013, Aquinas defensive lineman Jarron Jones (Notre Dame) in 2012 and Bishop Kearney linebacker Quintin Gause (Rutgers) in 2011.

   Change of address: Charles Manning Jr., who led Bridgehampton to a NYSPHSAA champion-ship and was selected state player of the year in Class D, has transferred to Class AA mega-power Long Island Lutheran.

   Ditto for Chris Coalman, who was ninth-team all-state as a Manhasset St. Mary's sophomore last season.

   Also new at LuHi is 6-foot-8 sophomore Donatas Kupsas, who arrived from Lithuania and picked up an offer from Iona College Tuesday after a 14-point, 14-rebound game vs. Chaminade.

   LongIslandBasketball.com also reports Chris Kelly, who left St. Mary's before the conclusion of the school year last season and transferred back to Wyandanch, is at Queens High School of Teaching.

   Online: We've blown deadline on doing the annual update of boys and girls basketball reference material, but these files in RoadToGlensFalls.com should come in handy:


  
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