New York State Sportswriters Association   
→ Rankings
NYSSWA rankings are updated weekly.
See the latest plus the earlier weeks'
updates on our rankings page.

→ User tools


Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017: Lincoln rolls to Brooklyn championship

   Leading off today: Michael Reid scored a game-high 20 points to power Abraham Lincoln past South Shore 74-46 for the PSAL Brooklyn boys basketball borough championship.

   The win sets up the Railsplitters, ranked No. 1 in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, as the top seed in the overall city tournament when the draw is finalized Sunday night.

   "I feel like we are the No. 1 team in New York. I feel like no one can mess with us," Reid told News 12 Varsity. "We're not going to be cocky or anything. "We're humble and we're going to keep it going."

   More PSAL: Wings Academy guard Elijah Chapman made a 3-pointer with :59 to go to put his team ahead for good in a 59-56 win over Eagle Academy in the Bronx championship game.

   Jose Perez scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Boubacar Kamissoko added 14 points as Wings Academy defeated Eagle Academy for the third time this season.

    • Senior Christian Hinckson made two free throws with :47.1 left to help John Bowne lock up its first Queens borough championship with a 66-63 victory over Queens High School of Teaching.

   Sophomore guard Alejandro Vasquez scored a game-high 37-points and the Wildcats beat the Tigers for the second time in 11 days.

    • Frederick Douglass Academy earned its third Manhattan crown by defeating Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School 63-52. Lasana Camara scored a game-high 18 points and Travis Cox added 15.

   Girls basketball: Long Island Lutheran broke open a two-point game at the half to defeat Christ the King 69-52.

   LuHi is ranked No. 1 and Christ the King No. 2 this week in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA ratings.

   Celeste Taylor had 33 points and five rebounds to lead the way for LuHi. Jaida Patrick had 14 points and six rebounds.

   Hockey surprise: Seventh-seeded Niagara Falls pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent Section 6 history be defeating No. 2 seed Orchard Park 3-1 in a quarterfinal contest.

   Orchard Park is ranked ninth in the state in Division I this week.

   The Quakers outshot Niagara Falls (6-13-2) 50-13 but fell two goals down in the first period and couldn't solve goalie Patrick Sisler. Michael Olszewski (two goals, one assist) scored 2:48 into the game and Nick Lepine added what proved to be the game-winner.

   Flying Finn: Anton Kunnas of North Tonawanda cleared 15-3 in the pole vault to set a Section 6 indoor track record. Kunnas is an exchange student from Finland who works with that country's national youth team.

   Wrestling seeds: Four schools have two top seeds apiece for next weekend's NYSPHSAA wrestling championships according to tentative brackets released Saturday by the committee.

   In Division I, Greg Diakomihalis (113 pounds) and Louie DePrez (182) of Hilton are top seeds.

   In Division II, top seeds include:

    • Jon Charles (106) and Tanner Cook (145) of Central Valley Academy.

    • Dane Heberlein (132) and Matthew Gaiser (170) of Alexander.

    • T.J. Philpotts (138) and Hunter Richard (152) of Holland Patent.

   Post-game fracas: Peekskill community members were described as "disgusted" and "embarrassed" after a brawl involving parents and girls basketball players broke out following a Section 1 playoff loss at Tappan on Saturday.

   At least one player was punched in the face by a teammate, and at least one adult woman was taken to the hospital as a result of the incident.

   "It's embarrassing, it's disgusting," Jim Hunt, whose daughter plays for Peekskill, told The Journal News, which had video of much of the fracas. "We're hoping the school district actually takes some action."

   Following postgame handshakes between the teams, Peekskill players began fighting with one another. Game security called police immediately after the first punch was thrown, Tappan Zee interim AD Chris Rastelli said.

   "It's been happening for a long time, apparently, and this was just the head of it all," Rastelli said. "Players going after players, that's what it was, and parents got involved. To protect their kids, parents got involved."

   Peekskill Superintendent Dr. David Fine issued a statement Sunday morning.

   "I am saddened by the unfortunate incident involving our players that occurred at Saturday evening's basketball game at Tappan Zee High School," the statement read. "On behalf of our school district, I can tell you this behavior does not in any way represent our school system, students or community, and that such actions will not be tolerated by the District."

→ Recent blogs and news     NYSSWA RSS feed
  • 2/20: Wrestling at-large berths announced
  • 2/19: Retired hoops chairman Higgins dies
  • 2/18: Weekly NYC boys basketball recap
  • 2/17: Another Lufkin brother reaches 2,000
  • 2/11: Weekly NYC boys basketball recap
  • 2/7: L.I. girls team ineligible for playoffs
  • 2/6: Tuohy posts Gatorade national three-peat
  • 2/5: Sec. 6 league may require tie-breaker
  • 2/4: Weekly NYC boys basketball recap
  • 2/3: NYSPHSAA may add 8th football game
  • 2/2: Pasqualetti sets pole vault record
  • 2/1: Haskell shatters Sec. 6 record
  • This Site

    ©2007-19 Abbott Trento Online Media. All rights reserved. Contact us via e-mail.

    → Twitter
       Get all the latest:

    Follow the NYSSWA on Twitter

    Road To Syracuse H.S. football in New York   Ten Man Ride H.S. lacrosse in New York
    Road To Glens Falls boys H.S. basketball in N.Y.   Road To Troy girls H.S. basketball in N.Y.