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Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010: Chatham's Keyes commits to Boston College
   Leading off today: Chatham two-way football standout Josh Keyes said last night he has committed to continuing his career at Boston College next fall.

   Keyes, a two-time Times Union small-schools offensive player of the year, was being recruited as both a running back and safety and will be slotted in on defense in college. He ran for 5,145 yards during his varsity career. including 1,721 as a senior with 21 TDs.

   "It is a good location and a great school," he told the paper. "I thought it was the right fit for me."

   Keyes took official visits to BC and Temple (which just lost coach Al Golden to the University of Miami) in the past week. During the BC visit, Keyes stayed with standout linebacker and cancer survivor Mark Herzlich.

   Awkward: Brooklyn's Nazareth High was supposed to take on Trenton Catholic and heralded Rutgers-bound guard Briyona Canty at Kean University as part of the Festival of the Phoenix girls basketball event on Sunday.

   The New Jersey school was there and ready to go for the 7:30 p.m. tip-off, but Nazareth never showed. AD Rochelle Murphy told The New York Post the game was never on her school's schedule, though tournament organizers had been touting the matchup in promotional material.

   Nazareth coach Apache Paschall, who was released from a local hospital Saturday after being admitted Wednesday and diagnosed with congestive heart failure, said he didn't see a need to contact organizers because in his mind the game was never scheduled.

   Still, the looming matchup was mentioned in more than one newspaper over the weekend in stories updating Paschall's status. Shouldn't someone at Nazareth have noticed and made a call?

   Coaching milestone: Waverly swim coach Dave Mastrantuono collected his 300th victory yesterday by beating Sayre, Pa., 116-66.

   Mastrantuono's 21-year resume -- which also spans a seven-year stint as coach of the girls program -- includes three straight undefeated seasons beginning in 2000-2001, a 50-meet win streak four Section 4 titles and 10 IAC championships.

   He was a star swimmer in the late 1970s for Sayre, where one of his school records still stands.

   "We've had an awful lot of great kids over the years ... great kids, great students and great mentors, which has allowed our young people to realize the success they've had," he said. "I'm pretty fortunate that I've been able to hang on this long.

   Numerous former Waverly swimmers attended the meet. Also on hand were Mastrantuono's sons Jeff, a junior with more than 200 race victories to his credit already, and Josh, a rising star as a seventh-grader.

   Scoring milestone: At the rate the Kimmel girls put the ball in the bucket, family H-O-R-S-E games must take hours if not days to complete.

   Lindsay Kimmel piled up 2,082 points for Harpursville from 2001-07 despite missing almost a full season after a knee injury.

   Last week, her sister Hannah Kimmel scored 38 points during a 61-38 win over visiting Greene to also surpass 2,000 career points. She led Section 4 in scoring as a sophomore and junior.

   Cracking down: Spectators at Poughkeepsie basketball games are now required to pass through a metal detector, and officials said six knives and a razor blade -- apparently
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discarded by spectators on their way to the gym -- were recovered outside the school last weekend. Police said no arrests were made.

   Superintendent Laval Wilson signs posted Saturday about the crackdown before the game vs. Eleanor Roosevelt from the PSAL led some people to leave without entering the gym.

   "The system did what it is supposed to do," Wilson told The Poughkeepsie Journal.

   Keep your day job: Is this the kind of prose that makes you want to read more?

   "Syracuse got the victory by overwhelming Morgan State in shooting and rebounding. Shooting 53% from the floor, the Orange easily outpaced the Bears who struggled with 37%. Syracuse made a huge difference on the glass, 47 rebounds

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to 28. One big plus for Syracuse was their 97 points. This crushed their season average of 75.9."

   Yeah, I'd say scoring 97 points in a college basketball game is a "big plus."

   The above wasn't written by a reporter at the game but rather by software on a website., launched in 2007, is generating content on various college and high school sports by means of algorithms that convert raw data from boxscores into, um, stories. says StatSheet is cranking out 10,000 stories a month and intends to expand its coverage to other sports and teams in the near future.

   For what it's worth, I know Gannett has been fooling around with similar software recently, presumably to be able to trim back the size of part-time staffs taking game information over the telephone.

   I just hope that responsible media organizations grasp the concept of "garbage in, garbage out." Otherwise, we'll soon be reading stories about 116-yard punt returns for touchdowns and triple-OT basketball games in which the score at the end of regulation was 88-75.

   Extra points: Davenport boys basketball coach Lee Fisher goes for his 500th victory in 35 seasons tonight vs. Worcester in his namesake tournament. . . . Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz will represent the United States as an assistant coach for the U-19 National Team in 2012. Rotanz will be in charge of the defense. He was an All-American at Ward Melville under Joe Cuozzo.

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