EPC BASKETBALL BOXSCORES: A look back Monday’s boys and girls quarterfinals

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinals were held in boys and girls basketball on Monday. Becahi, Central, East Stroudsburg South and Allen were the boys winners, setting up Becahi-Allen and Central-ES South semis on Wednesday. On the girls side, Freedom delivered the biggest surprise of the night, knocking off No. 1 seed Easton. No. 4 seed Nazareth also fell to Central Catholic. So, it sets up Becahi-Parkland and CCHS-Freedom semifinal matchups on Wednesday. As of 11 p.m. Monday, no sites have been determined. Normally, the boys and girls league semis take place on different days. This year, because of the postponements last week, they’re forced to be held on the same night. The question is, will they keep the boys and girls together, or will they keep Central’s girls and boys together along with the Becahi girls and boys at the same locations? Hope to find out soon. BECAHI 67, PARKLAND 53 Parkland 12 — 10 — 15— 16 — 53 Becahi 20 — 13 — 19 — 15 — 67 PARKLAND (53) Ruisch 3 0-0 7, Stendell 1 0-0 3, Kelly 1 0-0 2, Rindock 4 0-3 9, Kucharczuk 4 0-0 11, Khalife 0 0-0 0, Bartholomew 4 1-2 12, Melady 3 3-4 9. Totals 20 4-9 53. BECAHI (67) Gardner 3 2-2 9, Robinson 1 0-0 2, Bell 1 0-0 3, Thomas 0 3-6 3, K. Young 3 2-2 8, Kuna 1 2-2 5, R. Young 9 5-6 23, Paz 6 0-0 14. Totals 24 14-18 67. 3-pointers: Parkland (9): Bartholomew 3, Kucharczuk 3, Ruisch, Rindock, Stendell. Becahi (5): Paz 2, Gardner, Kuna, Bell. CCHS 64, NORTHAMPTON 48 NORTHAMPTON (48) Gilliard 0-4 0-0 0, Rodriguez 3-7 0-0 9, Ellwood 8-16 0-2 20, Weisenberger 2-7 0-0 5, Cole 0-3 0-0 0, Brandon 0-1 0-0 0, Gula 2-3 0-0 6, Gribb 0-2 0-0 0, Torres 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 19-49 0-2 48. CENTRAL CATHOLIC (64) J. Vaughan 4-10 0-0 10, Lambert 5-11 5-5 18, Kellman 6-8 1-3 13, McChristian 4-5 3-4 14, Filchner 3-7 0-0 9, Csensits 0-0 0-0 0, Lynch 0-0 0-0 0, Kratzer 0-0 0-0 0, S. Vaughan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-42 9-12 64. Officials: Rob Bosak, Rod Strobl, Continue Reading

Facing numbers crunch, Texas school combines its boys and girls basketball teams

Like senior basketball players across the country, Murissa Horton of Dawson High School in Welch, Texas, was excited about playing her final season. Horton never dreamed, however, that she would be playing on a co-ed team that is competing against boys teams. But at Dawson High School in west Texas, which is about an hour from the New Mexico border, the boys and girls teams entered the season with small rosters. Then disaster struck. According to KCBD-TV, two of the seven boys players moved and two of the six girls players were injured. So, with the blessing of the organization that oversees high school sports in Texas (the University Interscholastic League), the teams combined forces last month to play the boys schedule. “It’s like I tell the girls, every day we get to play basketball is a good day,” girls coach Tonja Edens told KCBD. “They were just wanting to play basketball, so the easiest and best decision was to combine and all go at it together.” Edens is sharing coaching duties with boys’ coach Ed Robison. She told the Associated Press that initially there was some concern about the girls’ safety because of the size and strength of the boys. But after the coaches explained the possible risks, the girls said they wanted to play. “I never, ever thought that my senior season would come down to the point where I didn’t have enough girls in my athletic program to play with,” Horton said in the video above. “So to be able to figure out a solution, to combine teams, to play with people who accept each other, I just have so much more gratitude for the situation, for the sport and for my final year, my senior season. I’m just way more thankful for it than I think I can put into words.” In a Facebook Live interview with KCBD, Robison said the girls and boys teams both made the playoffs last season. However, the AP story said the team has struggled, although it won its first game by the Continue Reading

High school swimming regional finals: Booker T. Washington wins boys and girls regional championships

JENKS — It was much closer in the boys’ competition, but in the end, Booker T. Washington swept the Class 5A east regional swim meet in boys and girls for the second straight year on Saturday at the Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center. The BTW boys, despite prevailing in just one individual race (Noah James in the 100-yard butterfly), won with 406 points, with Bishop Kelley a close second at 363. “The boys really pulled together, because they knew that it was going to be a close race,” Booker T. coach Adina Meilner said. “They all knew, ‘I’ve really got to stay where I am or move up if I can,’ so they were really focused on that. In the end, that really worked for them.” The Comets would have been much closer, within 10 points at least, if their 200-yard medley relay team hadn’t been disqualified in the first race of the day due to a swimmer jumping early. That cost Kelley 30-36 points. “It’s hard and it was by such a small margin,” Kelley coach Ellen Glasgow said. “I think the kids rallied well and they still swam awesome, they didn’t let it get in their head. It would have made it very close, but we’re hoping that state waters down the pool a little bit, so I think we still have a chance.” As Glasgow noted, the DQ will also hurt Bishop Kelley at the state meet in two weeks in Edmond, since the regional qualifies swimmers for that. The top 16 times combined from the east and west will advance to state. While it’s not usually as cut-and-dried as the top eight from each side, the Hornets appear in good shape for that, as their superior depth enabled them to place nine different top-five finishers in the eight individual races. Kelley, as usual, was led by the Callan brothers, with Patrick setting new state records in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 freestyle, as well as with his teammates in the 400 freestyle relay, in which the Comets broke their Continue Reading

Boys and girls basketball teams’ success creates excitement in Wisconsin Dells

WISCONSIN DELLS — In the summer months, folks flock to Wisconsin Dells for its theme parks, amusement attractions and outdoor activities. This winter, the thrills are being provided in the great indoors by the Wisconsin Dells High School boys and girls basketball teams. Coach Brad Rohling’s boys team is 16-1 overall, the undefeated leader of the South Central Conference with a 7-0 record and ranked fifth in Division 3 in The Associated Press poll. Coach Bob Buss’ girls team also is 16-1 overall and the South Central’s undefeated leader with a 7-0 mark, while riding a 15-game winning streak. The boys — led by senior forwards Tanner Brandt and Jackson Sveum and senior guard Alex Weiss — like to play fast, creating turnovers with a three-quarter-court 1-2-2 press. The girls — led by senior guard Jenna Mace and junior forward Katelyn Meister — like to play fast, creating turnovers with man-to-man pressure. Both teams call chemistry a team strength. “There is definitely a buzz about the boys and girls programs around town,” said Rohling, whose team edged Reedsburg 72-67 in double overtime Tuesday night behind Sveum’s 26 points. Many of the boys and girls have grown up together and are excited about each team’s success. They started playing basketball from a young age in a community that has a combined boys and girls youth club for basketball and plenty of gymnasiums, including at the high school and JustAgame Fieldhouse. “We are super supportive of each other,” said the 5-foot-8 Meister, whose 19.1 scoring average leads the girls team. “We all are super close.” “It’s great,” said the 6-8 Brandt, who leads the boys team with 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. “I love going to the girls games. They are fun to watch. There is a great atmosphere from our crowd. The community is really involved.” After finishing 19-5 and advancing Continue Reading

North Attleborough boys’ and girls’ sweep indoor meet

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Tom Petrini Globe Correspondent  January 14, 2018 North Attleborough swept the boys’ and girls’ team championships at the 50th James Kalperis MSTCA Division 3 indoor track relays Sunday, winning eight combined events at Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday.“To have them both come out winners,” said boys’ coach Scott Holster, “it’s just a testament to the coaching staff around us, and the kids’ hard work.”The girls beat second-place Hopkinton, 49-46, while the boys edged out Pembroke, 49-48. The boys’ long jump squad tied a meet record with a total distance of 18.31 meters. Advertisement “That was huge for us,” said Holster. “We were just holding our breath to see what Pembroke did.” Get Varsity News in your inbox: Your weekly look at the top high school sports stories. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here The trio of Marion Bresko, Matt Tarantino, and Omar Jasseh each jumped around 20 feet to secure the record, which had stood unchallenged since 2002.“We’ve always been talking about breaking meet records,” said Bresko, a senior. “It’s a dream come true.”The Hingham girls practice high jump in the school cafeteria, but that didn’t stop them from raising the bar with a meet-record of 4.74 meters. Dartmouth-bound senior Zoe Dainton led the way, and sisters Lila and Peyton Belsher rounded out the record-setting trio.Another meet record was set by the Hopkinton girls 4x50 yard hurdle team (29.82 seconds), but the day belonged to North Attleborough. The girls won the 4x50 relay (24.86), the 4x200 meter relay (1:46.38), the long jump (14.41 meters), and the shot put (29.14 meters) while the boys won the 1600 sprint medley (3:42.48), the 4x50 hurdle (27.21), the high jump (5.41 meters), and the long Continue Reading

Late rallies fall short for Norfolk boys and girls

The Norfolk boys and girls both fell short in late rallies Thursday evening -- and both can place at least some of the blame on second-quarter woes. Consequently, the boys dropped a 50-47 contest to Lincoln Southwest (7-4) while the girls fell 41-37 to the Silver Hawks (6-5). With the loss the Panthers teams share 5-5 records on the season, but gained ‘close game’ experience that will be valuable later on. “You win or learn, so this was a learning game for us,” boys coach Tony Siske said. “I was very proud of our effort and the fact that we didn’t quit; we stuck together and gave ourselves a chance at the end.” “But this game wasn’t lost at the end,” he added. “This was lost on missed defense assignments in the second and third quarters, a turnover, or not getting a rebound earlier in the game.” The second quarter, in particular, was troublesome for the Panthers. After a hot shooting start by Zack James--who converted 3-of-4 3-point attempts in the first quarter--helped Norfolk to a 16-12 lead, the Panthers missed all nine field goal attempts in the second period and totaled just two made free throws. Meanwhile, Southwest shot 50 percent from the field and opened the quarter with a 10-0 run, including a pair of 3s by Collin Kohl, to lead 24-18 at intermission. After the Silver Hawks’ Jaquaylon Mays ended the third quarter with a 3 and opened the fourth with a steal and transition layup, Norfolk trailed 43-30 with six-and-a-half minutes left to play. Cameron Eisenhauer and Matt Hagedorn drained back-to-back 3s, but Kohl countered with his fifth 3 of the game. The teams traded points, with Southwest maintaining a 49-42 advantage with 1:15 remaining, before the Panthers took advantage of a missed front-end with a Hagedorn basket in the paint and a James 3 from the left wing to trail 49-47 with 22 seconds left. “We left a lot of points out on the court by not finishing Continue Reading

Boys and Girls and Lincoln HS renew rivalry during playground tournament at West 4th Street court

It's never too early for Boys & Girls and Lincoln to renew their basketball rivalry. Even in mid-July.That's just what they did in a summer game at the West 4th Street court in Manhattan on Friday.Senior Mike Taylor scored 18 points for undermanned Boys & Girls as the Kangaroos rallied to score a 72-70 victory. Shaquille Stokes led the Railsplitters with 23 points."That's like Duke and North Carolina," Kangaroos assistant Elmer Anderson said of the rivalry between the two Brooklyn schools. "It's always going to be intense. Both teams played hard, and for it to be a summer game . . . you can't beat that."PSAL regulations prohibit teams from practicing and playing together during the off-season, but schools routinely skirt those rules by bringing only a portion of the roster and making sure the head coach stays off the bench.These teams kept a crowd of more than 100 spectators coiled around the cramped blacktop court - even on a sweltering day - until the Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest showed up and diverted many people's attention during the game's waning minutes."I got to shake his hand (after the game)," Taylor said of Artest. "He touched (The Lakers') Kobe (Bryant's) hand, so I feel like I touched Kobe now."There's reason for the PSAL-champion Kangaroos to feel good.They came to Manhattan with only seven players, but still went home with a victory. Teyvon Myers was sick, Malik Nichols was playing in the Nike Peach Jam tournament in Augusta, Ga., and Jeffland Neverson arrived too late to play because of his summer job.Even Leroy Fludd was late because his parents made him finish his chores, but when he checked into the game with about two minutes left in the first half he quickly made a difference.Prior to that, Lincoln's Kamari Murphy was having his way with 12 first-half points, but Fludd's presence - combined with that of junior-to-be William Lynch Benjamin, a 6-8 FDR HS transfer - limited Lincoln's big man to two points in the second half.The duo also Continue Reading

IHSAA cross-country finals: Carmel boys, Zionsville girls win state titles

TERRE HAUTE – It was a day of validation Saturday in the boys and girls Indiana High School Athletic Association cross-country state finals.Hamilton Southeastern senior Gabe Fendel captured the boys state title that had eluded him over his previous three accomplished seasons; Greencastle junior Emma Wilson verified her undefeated season by overtaking defending champion Tyler Schwartz late to win the girls title; the third-ranked Zionsville girls corroborated their ascension in the ranks of the elite with the program’s first state championship; and No. 1 Carmel reclaimed its status as the best boys program around.It was a fitting finish for Fendel, who placed 107th as a freshman, ninth his sophomore season and as the runner-up a year ago. He navigated the 5,000-meter LaVern Gibson championship course Saturday in 15 minutes, 17 seconds.“It was weird (Friday) night. I wasn’t too worried about the race,” said Fendel, a Colorado recruit. “It didn’t feel like the state meet. But once I got here, it hit me. Usually before big races, I can’t sleep. I stay up really late. But I fell asleep and didn’t think about it. When I woke up, though, I was like, ‘This is it.’ I’ve been waiting to get this state championship in cross for four years. I’m just happy to finally get that under my belt.”Fendel charged out and at 400 meters looked in control, maintaining his lead throughout. Cathedral junior Cole Hocker, who handed Fendel his only loss of the season in the regional, hung with the leader before dropping back midway through. He surged near the finish and looked to push Fendel, but couldn’t close the final 10-meter gap. He placed second in 15:19.“He’s always been the guy that’s just been a step ahead of me,” Hocker said. “But he’s definitely given me something to work toward.”Wilson attacked the hilly and windy course in the girls race, Continue Reading

Christ the King’s boys and girls basketball teams both heading to New York State Federation Tournament in Albany

Nikki Kerr had a hard time describing the feelings the Christ the King cheerleaders had on the sidelines when the Royals’ boys and girls basketball teams both won New York State Federation championships in 2010 in Glens Falls, the only time in state history a school has accomplished that feat. Now, as the Christ the King cheerleading coach, the CK graduate and her team cancelled their previously scheduled competition at St. Francis Prep this weekend to go to Albany instead. There, the school’s girls team will play in the Federation tournament for the first time since it made history five years ago, while the boys team is looking to become the first team to ever win three consecutive Federation championships. "Our girls would rather see their school win something like state and experiencing that rather than being at a one-day competition that's solely for themselves," Kerr, a 2012 Christ the King graduate, said. "It's a completely different dynamic of just seeing both teams there and everyone being so happy for each other." The success of both teams has been the source of plenty of excitement for the Middle Village, Queens, school since the teams won CHSAA championships two weekends ago. For the boys team, getting to the Federation tournament has become an expectation. For the girls, at least this year, it's a little more of a surprise. "I told them, you bunch of misfits lost seven games but you've done it, you were able to figure it out," Christ the King girls' coach Bob Mackey said. "They've been able to put aside individual goals and play as a team, and that's really the key. Once they did, good things happened." The Christ the King girls' team will face PSAL champion South Shore and McDonald's All-American Brianna Fraser in the Friday's ‘AA’ semifinal matchup. The Royals defeated the Vikings 66-53 in January, but Mackey isn't putting any thought into that game. "I'd rather play somebody I haven't seen. Continue Reading

The tools we use to fix schools: Boys and Girls High is being turned around, and so are dozens of other troubled campuses

In 1878, Brooklyn’s first public high school was founded in Bedford-Stuyvesant. There was some talk of naming it the Free Grammar School, but at that time it was still controversial to provide poor children with free secondary education, so the powers that be decided to name it the Central Grammar School. That school, now Boys and Girls High School, would go on to prove that even the poorest child can achieve great things when you connect her to a wealth of knowledge. Boys and Girls alumni include the pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm, the writer Isaac Asimov and the great singer and actress Lena Horne. But like too many of our schools, Boys and Girls lost its way. Without enough resources, vision or accountability, graduation rates tumbled. Over the past decade, Boys and Girls has been consistently named among the city’s lowest-achieving schools. We’re determined to change that. Mayor de Blasio took office vowing to turn around schools like Boys and Girls. He and I both firmly believe that schools should only be closed as an absolute last resort. As a former teacher, principal and administrator, I know that schools are the anchors of healthy neighborhoods. In November, the mayor announced the Renewal Schools initiative, a comprehensive effort to create dramatic and long-lasting change in 94 struggling schools. We are investing $150 million to provide schools with the tools they need — and hold them accountable. We have deployed academic intervention teams to overhaul curriculum, sent groups of experienced principals and assistant principals to strengthen leadership and trained over 600 teachers, while 54 schools have already added instructional time. The work we’re doing at Boys and Girls demonstrates how we are turning around struggling schools by providing them with much-needed resources that come with high expectations. Strong leadership. I can almost always tell how a school is doing after a Continue Reading