Leading off today:
A statewide football all-star game held in Syracuse appears to be close to reality, The Journal News
Reporter Kevin Devaney blogged the news on Monday after attending the Section 1 football dinner, where North Rockland coach Joe Casarella discussed the latest developments.
Attempts today to reach organizers of the game were not successful, but I'm told that the Carrier Dome has tentatively been reserved for June 6. The format would be upstate vs. downstate, with each roster consisting of about 50 seniors.
As Devaney reported, New York has been without a statewide all-star event since withdrawing from the Governors Bowl after the 2008 contest vs. New Jersey due to a dispute about scheduling venues.
The timing of the game will undoubtedly be an issue -- as it was during the Governors Bowl era -- if the June 6 date is accurate because spring sectional championships and early-round state playoff torunaments will be in full swing. That will likely result in some top players passing up the all-star game.
The combination of state championships, exams, graduation ceremonies and the July 4 holiday makes the following four weekends impractical for the all-star game, and most of the Division I players will be expected to be on campus for orientation or summer classes by early July.
Just another day in the PSAL: Will the last guy out of the CHSAA please turn out the lights?
Chris Ortiz, a 6-foot-7 junior, has left Christ the King and resurfaced at Abraham Lincoln according to The New York Post. He's merely the latest in a long list of recent departures from CHSAA schools to teams in the PSAL.
Railsplitters coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton said he was unaware of Ortiz enrolling at Lincoln, the four-time defending PSAL champion. "That's unbelievable. This is crazy," he told the paper. "I don't know him personally, never met the kid."
According to the paper, Ortiz, a first-year varsity player, was asked to leave Christ the King for disciplinary reasons.