The Syracuse men’s basketball team will host 10th-ranked Duke tonight in the Carrier Dome, and the game will be heard live on WEBO. The Orange are looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Blue Devils, who they defeated 64-62 in their only meeting last year. IMG coverage of tonight’s game will begin at 6pm.
The IAC has announced their all-star teams for basketball. Waverly’s Hunter Bodine was named the MVP for the Large School South Division, while teammates Jon Ward and Gavin Judson were named to the first team. Tioga’s Nick Klossner and Connor Hutchinson were selected to the Small South first team while Candor’s Steven Kern was selected to the second team. For the girls, Waverly’s Elle Nittinger was named MVP while teammate Alex Tomasso made the first team. Sarah Hollenbeck from Tioga and Shaylin Heidl from Candor were selected to the Small South first team.
Section 4 has announced that 23 people will be inducted into the Section 4 Hall of Fame this year. Elmira Notre Dame graduate and two-time Olympian Molly Huddle headlines this year’s class, which includes 16 athletes, two coaches, and four contributors. Another member of this year’s class is the former Megan Shay of Candor. The basketball standout scored 2,205 points in her five-year career, third-best in Section 4 history, and was named the state’s Class C Player of the Year in 2005. Former Windsor three-sport star and current Wagner College head football coach Jason “Hoss” Houghtaling will also be inducted this year. The hall of fame class will be honored between basketball championship games at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on March 4.
It was a good night for Waverly basketball, as both the girls and boys won IAC Large School Championships. The girls blitzed Whitney Point for a 20-3 lead to begin the game and carried that momentum to a 71-39 victory and the program’s first IAC title since 2013. The boys repeated as IAC champs with a 60-40 win over Trumansburg. The victory was their 19th in a row, setting a new school record. Both the girls and boys will host sectional games next Friday.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team will be back in action Sunday, as the Orange travel to Georgia Tech for a nighttime game. Syracuse has lost two straight after posting a five-game win streak. IMG coverage will begin at 5:30pm on WEBO.
Waverly and Elmira Notre Dame split their two regular season meetings this year, but the rubber match was all Waverly as the Wolverines dismissed the Crusaders 69-49 in a boys basketball divisional tiebreaker last night. Waverly opened the game on a 22-8 run and didn’t look back as they avenged their only loss of the season, a double-OT thriller in December. Since that loss, they have reeled off 18 straight wins to tie a school record, and will look for 19 when they play Trumansburg tomorrow at TC3 for the IAC Large School Championship.
The Syracuse men’s basketball team had their five-game winning streak snapped at Pitt on Sunday, falling to the Panthers 80-75. They have a chance to get back to their winning ways tonight, as the Orange host Louisville from the Carrier Dome live on WEBO. IMG coverage will begin at 6pm.
Waverly and Elmira Notre Dame will play each other tomorrow for the chance to advance to the IAC championship. The game was originally scheduled for tonight, but postponed to tomorrow at 6pm. Waverly’s Hunter Bodine set a new Section 4 record Friday with 11 3-pointers as the Wolverines defeated Chenango Forks. The senior ended up with a school-record 45 points in the game.
In sports, Syracuse came from behind to beat Wake Forest 81-76 live on WEBO last night. Andrew White scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Orange to their 12th win of the season. Also at Syracuse, the ACC has released the 2017 football schedule. The Orange will host seven games at the Dome, including their first three weeks and a home tilt against National Champion Clemson on Oct. 13. Click here to see the full schedule.
In high school, Section 4 Football tweeted out preliminary 2017 schedules for all divisions last night. Changes include a plan to lump all eight of the Class B teams – including Owego and Waverly – into one division, and doing the same with the seven teams in Class C. Also in high school football, longtime Chenango Forks assistant Dave Chickanosky is retiring after six decades on the sidelines for the Blue Devils. “Chick” started coaching at Forks in 1968 after two years at Walton and was named “Assistant of the Year” by his peers at last year’s state football clinic.
Some local high school football coaches are in Texas today coaching for USA Football. Maine-Endwell’s Matt Gallagher is the head coach of USA Football’s Team Stripes, which will play Team Stars on Tuesday as part of International Bowl XVIII. Accompanying Coach Gallagher on the trip are his assistants John Frieser and Duane Titus, Windsor assistant Ben Amorese, and head coaches Steve Virkler from Owego, Waverly’s Jason Miller, and Dave Hogan from Chenango Forks. Together, they are overseeing the 50-player Under-15 team during practices this weekend before playing at 11am Tuesday in AT&T Stadium on the same field where the Dallas Cowboys play. It will be streamed live on ESPN3. The International Bowl event showcases 500 of the country’s top middle and high school football players.
All-state football teams for New York’s Classes AA and A were released yesterday and they include a trio of Section 4 players named second-team selections. Union-Endicott defensive lineman Josh Greenwood was selected for Class A, while Binghamton’s Devin Young and Elmira’s Dan Fedor were honored in Class AA. The all-state teams for Classes B, C, and D were named last week.
The Buffalo Bills have a new head coach. Sean McDermott was named the new coach of the Bills yesterday. He had been the defensive coordinator at Carolina for the past five seasons after starting his coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles.