Leading off today:
Catching up on some developments from the past week:
A real BMOC: Seven-foot-7 freshman Robert Bobroczky made his high school basketball debut Thursday for an Ohio school.
Bobroczky played limited minutes for Geneva (Ohio) SPIRE Institute in an 87-51 loss to First Love Christian Academy from Washington, Pa.
"The game was as fast as I expected and I still need to work a lot. I just have to be patient and work, and the results will come," the 16-year-old from Romania said. "I'm mostly trying to get my body stronger and better."
Bobroczky left home at the age of 14 and played in Italy for two years before arriving at SPIRE. He is fluent in four languages and carries a 4.0 grade-point average. His 7-1 father played for the Romanian national team.
Cross country coaches honored: Corning's Ray Lawson (boys) and North Rockland's Brian Diglio (girls) have been selected as the New York State winners for the The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) coach of the year award.
One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia were selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.
Lawson led the Corning boys to a state championship in November and won the fifth consecutive Section 4 title. Led by two freshmen, North Rockland placed second to Fayetteville-Manlius at the NYSPHSAA championships.
On the move: Lake George's Joel Wincowski, the leading boys basketball scorer in Section 2 history, left the University of Maryland-Baltimore County between semesters and has transferred to Division III Bard College.
UMBC made a coaching change after Wincowski's freshman season, during which he played 10 minutes a game and averages a point a game. He appeared in four games this season, averaging seven minutes and 2.5 points.
The 2015 NYSSWA Class C player of the year scored 2,615 points in his scholastic career.
Derrick Gore, an all-state player at Syracuse Nottingham in 2012, announced he is leaving the University of Alabama.
Gore, a redshirt sophomore who saw action mostly on special teams the past two seasons with the Tide, did not indicate where he was looking to enroll.
Gore played one year apiece in prep school and junior college before enrolling at Alabama.
Section 5 solution: Reversing a previous decision resulting from a scheduling glitch, Section 5 will play its boys large-school basketball final at the downtown Blue Cross Arena, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Section 5 boys basketball chairman Jack Purificato said the Class AA semifinals and final will be played at BCA on March 1 and 6. The other class finals will be held at various high school and college gymnasiums.