Leading off today:
Rosters are firmed up and teams are ready to go for the BCANY Summer Hoops Fest, which runs Friday through Sunday in Johnson City, just west of Binghamton.
The Basketball Coaches Association of New York has posted information about the sixth annual tournament for regional boys and girls teams on its website:
A brief scan of rosters saw a lot of familiar names, including numerous all-state selections. The Buffalo Region roster includes 6-foot-5 Cheektowaga rising senior Dominick Welch, who was a first-team pick in Class A last season plus a trio of third-team selections: James Rojas (Jamestown, Class AA), Greg Dolan (Williamsville South, A) and Tavien Kemp (Archbishop Walsh, B). In addition, Willard Anderson was a fifth-team pick in Class C out of Buffalo East.
The Rochester Region also brings some top-end depth in the form of Aquinas senior Jalen Pickett (Class AA second team), Early College senior Tajmin Holt (Class C third team) and one of the best crops of underclassmen talent the area has had in several years -- 6-7 McQuaid sophomore Isaiah Stewart, 6-7 UPrep junior Jeenathan Williams and 6-5 Bishop Kearney sophomore Patrick Thomas.
Stewart is arguably the most coveted sophomore in the state.
There's plenty of balance in the girls field, with Jamesville-DeWitt junior Meg Hair, co-player of the year in Class A last season, highlighting the Central roster.
Rochester, Hudson Valley and the Southern Tier all have three players apiece who finished fifth-team all-state or better.
Back in the game: Bob Zeh, who retired in 2010 after a lengthy and successful run coaching basketball at Oneonta, is slated to be appointed as girls coach at Unatego at Monday's school board meeting, The Daily Star tweeted over the weekend.
The pending appointment appears on the meeting agenda posted on the Unatego district website.
Zeh has been a women's assistant at Hartwick College since leaving Oneonta with a 161-63 mark (45-5 over the final two years) in 10 seasons running the girls program. Prior to that, the state basketball Hall of Fame inductee was 366-214 as the Oneonta boys coach.
You can't spell effort without 2 F's: US Youth Soccer, which bills itself as the largest youth sports organization in America, took a no-nonsense approach to a situation indirectly involving a Syracuse-area team last week.
The organization released a statement announcing that a review had led it to fine teams from Carlsbad, Calif., and Cleveland undisclosed amounts for what it deemed play "disrespectful" to the sport, Syracuse.com reported.
The measure stemmed from an obviously anemic effort by the two under-18 teams in a scoreless tie Thursday during their national tournament in Dallas. The result allowed both teams to advance to the semifinals, freezing out a Syracuse squad (which went 1-1-1 in pool play) that would have advanced had Carlsbad won by three or more goals.