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Friday, April 29, 2016: Shen's Huerter completes sweep of basketball awards

   Leading off today: Kevin Huerter has completed his sweep of the major individual awards in New York boys basketball.

   The Shenendehowa senior was selected the New York State Sportswriters Association's 2016 player of the year in Class AA. The University of Maryland recruit was previously named the state's player of the year by Gatorade and selected Mr. Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

   The announcement was made Friday as the NYSSWA released its all-state selections in the large-school classifications.

   The NYSSWA selected co-players of the year in Class A, with Hameir Wright and Stafford Truehart sharing the honor.

   Wright, a 6-foot-7 junior, averaged 19 points a game for Albany Academy. Truehart, a 6-6 senior, averaged 20.8 points for Canisius. They were joined on the Class A first team by repeat selection Anthony Lamb of Greece Athena.

   Shen's Huerter averaged 22 points a game as a senior to lead the Plainsmen into the Class AA championship game of the New York Public High School Athletic Association tournament. Among those joining him on the first team were repeat selections Jamel Allen of Brentwood and Devonte Green of Long Island Lutheran.

   The complete 2016 AA and A lists can be found here. The Class B, C and D all-state teams were announced last week. Here are some helpful links to basketball-related material from the NYSSWA:

Past NYSSWA players of the year

Recent all-state teams    Heading downstate: Amani Free, second in scoring for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team this winter, will transfer to Long Island Lutheran, reported.

   Free, a 6-foot sophomore forward, averaged 13.9 points per game to help the Northstars (23-1) to their eighth consecutive Section 3 Class AA championship. She joined the C-NS varsity as an eighth-grader and earned all-state honorable mention as a freshman.

   Daryl Free said his daughter will spend her junior and senior years living with relatives and attending LuHi, an AIS member in Brookville that has been a power in the sport in recent years.

   "We're not moving. It will be a little tough," he said. "We're definitely thankful for C-NS and the coach (Eric Smith) and all he's done. She's developed a lot of friendships there."

   Speaking of prospects: Former Guilderland basketball star Andrew Platek, who left for prep school last summer after his junior year, has received a scholarship offer from North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams. reported Williams saw Platek last year on the AAU circuit and stayed in touch with him since.

   Cool stuff: The NYSPHSAA has posted a seven-minute video overview of the Chenango Valley State Park cross country course, site of next fall's state championship.

   The meet is scheduled for Nov. 12.

   The video is part of the NYSPHSAA's YouTube channel.

   Milestone: Mackenzie Korpi had quite the day Thursday.

   The Blind Brook senior midfielder scored her 200th career lacrosse goal, scored the winning goal and received a prom-posal.

   Blind Brook beat Sleepy Hollow 7-6 on her goal with eight-tenths of a second to play.

   Apologies: I'm way, way behind on responding to email this week, a result of trying to finish up editing the girls all-state basketball team (which will be announced Tuesday) and handling some personal business. I promise to plow through the mail queue before bed time tonight.

   More later: It looks like I'll be blogging again later today to catch up on some other stuff that's been accumulating the past 48 hours and any noteworthy action on playing fields from Thursday.

   Thanks for your patience.

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