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Monday, Aug. 8, 2016: Rochester boys, Hudson Valley girls win

   Leading off today: The Rochester boys and Hudson Valley girls won championship games Sunday in the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City.

   Rochester's boys downed the Southern Tier 86-63 in the semifinals and then defeated Buffalo 75-66 in the title game. Buffalo had advanced with an 83-71 victory vs. Central in the semifinals.

   Rising senior guards Nahziah Carter (Bishop Kearney) and Zach Stenglein (Irondequoit) paced the winners with 21 and 18 points, respectively. Jeenathan Williams (University Prep), whose stock continues to soar this summer, added 15 points.

   Buffalo got 20 points from Williamsville South junior Greg Dolan.

   In the girls action, the very deep Hudson Valley squad defeated Adirondack 69-66 in the semifinals and then won the title with a 69-60 win over Rochester.

   "We had depth this year; we brought up 11 kids, you can argue ten of them could start," coach Kristi Dini told The Journal News. "With that many talented bodies, we were able to put in a nice full-court pressure and we had different players creating at different times."

   Rochester had advanced by scoring the final five points during a 67-62 victory against Central in the semifinals.

   Following up: Former Poughkeepsie star Jerome Elting is slated for appointment as the Pioneers' boys basketball coach this week. According to Hudson Valley Sports Report, he'll be up for approval at the school board meeting on Wednesday.

   Elting will replace veteran coach Brian Laffin, who was not reappointed. Laffin led the Pioneers to six consecutive Section 1 finals from 2008-2013 and to a spot in the Section 9 Class A final last winter.

   Elting is a longtime assistant coach for Poughkeepsie AD Bob Murphy, who coaches basketball at Woodlands.

   Shuffle off to Buffalo: Former Gates Chili football standout Jacquis Webb, who left Rutgers after spring practice, is now a Buffalo Bull. Webb, a fourth-team all-state pick in Class AA as a high school senior, is one of two former New York offensive linemen transferring into UB.

   Paul Nosworthy, a 2015 graduate of Baldwin, left Grambling in the offseason after winning a starting position as a true freshman.

   Webb and Nosworthy will have to sit out this fall. The Buffalo News reported Webb will have two seasons of eligibility and Nosworthy will have three.

  
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   It's a boy! Benjamin Smalls Ellis Querry arrived in the world on July 27 in Florida, bringing to conclusion one of the more fun stories from the 2015-16 school year.

   The second son of Rob Querry, a high school baseball coach in Brevard County, and wife Julia became famous before his birth because of Querry's challenge to his team last spring: "If we win 14 games, I'll let you name my kid."

   The Panthers hit 14 victories on April 5 and selected the name Benny Smalls based on two characters -- Benny the Jet and Scotty Smalls -- from the baseball movie "The Sandlot."

   Sandlot author David Mickey Evans met with the team before a game and presented them with autographed T-shirts, and the Querrys did interviews with media outlets from around the country and overseas.


  
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