Mason High School, near Cincinnati, Ohio, installs baby carrots in vending machines

Move over, sports drinks and soda. A high school in southwestern Ohio has installed an all-carrot vending machine.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Mason High School's veggie vending machine is part of a national campaign to package and market baby carrots like junk food."They responded right away," said George Coates, assistant principal at the 3,200-student school. "I don't think the carrots had been in there a full hour before students started buying some of them."A 3-ounce bag of carrots costs 50 cents, and the proceeds go to the school.An alliance of farmers who launched the carrot campaign say they're also testing a vending machine at a school in Syracuse."We wanted an average market so we could project to the rest of the United States," said Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms, which helped launch the carrot campaign. "Cincinnati and Syracuse have average carrot consumption." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Daily News revives Golden Hoops basketball tournament for high school prospects

Vincent Smith can spout memories of the Daily News Golden Hoops tournament as if they happened yesterday. One of them, about 16 years ago, involved challenging a young Stephon Marbury."I watched him hit a three-pointer from the top of the key and told him, 'That was luck,' " Smith, the older brother of NBA analyst Kenny Smith and then-coach of the Queens-based Aim High AAU team told the soon-to-be senior at Lincoln HS in the summer of 1994. "He smiled, shot one from halfcourt and it went in. I told him, 'That was luck.' Then he shot one from three-quarters court and it went in, too."That's when (recruiting analyst) Tom Konchalski said, 'He'll shoot it from Brooklyn if you let him.' "Like Vincent Smith, there are many people who have a plethora of recollections from the Golden Hoops tournament during the 1980s and '90s. And there are many more memories yet to be made.The Daily News is reviving the Golden Hoops tournament - the same summer grassroots showcase that started in 1985 and spawned the likes of Marbury, Kenny Anderson, Ron Artest, Jamal Mashburn and Lamar Odom. This year's event will feature a bevy of top prospects playing at Edmonds Playground in Fort Greene all day Saturday.It used to be a borough-based tournament for city bragging rights, but Saturday's resurrected Golden Hoops tournament will include teams from NYC, New Jersey, New York state and Philadelphia.Team NYC will face Team Philly in the first game, and then Team Jersey takes on Team Empire (a roster that includes players from Upstate and Long Island). The winners will play for the tournament championship.Spike Lee is scheduled to be the guest of honor, while Kenny Smith will take on hosting duties. The coaches include former NBA pros Anderson, Brevin Knight and John Wallace.The tournament will also include an all-city girls championship game between Team New York and Team New Jersey.Vincent Smith, who will be among the tournament honorees, recalls a time when his Aim High team wasn't even Continue Reading

News previews Week 8’s must-see high school football matchups

It all comes down to this. Just two weekends remain in the high school football regular season, and every win - and loss - now takes on greater significance. New Dorp's loss to Tottenville last week sent the Central's tumbling in the PSAL Championship division standings. August Martin, meanwhile, upset undefeated Adams, 8-4, but the Falcons (4-2) remain on the outside of the Bowl division playoff picture; they rank fifth, and just four teams make the Bowl playoffs. Similar struggles are taking place in the CHSFL. St. Joseph by-the-Sea, Holy Trinity, Holy Cross and St. Anthony's seem to have punched their 'AAA' playoff tickets. The next six teams are tightly bunched, separated by just 18 power points. That means there will be plenty of drama in this weekend's games. Here, the Daily News high school sports staff points out three of this week's most intriguing matchups, and highlights 10 others you won't want to miss. MARQUEE MATCHUPS Cardinal Hayes (5-0) vs. Stepinac (6-0) Friday, 7 p.m. at SUNY-Maritime, 6 Pennyfield Ave. The Stepinac Crusaders sit atop the CHSFL's 'AA-A' division with a 6-0 record, and they have a 24-point average margin of victory. Can anyone stop them? Cardinal Hayes may be just the team to do that. Led by Syracuse-bound wideout Jeremiah Kobena, the Cardinals boast an offense that averages 35.8 points per game, although their defense was sieve-like in last week's 35-28 win over Christ the King. STAFF PICKS - LELINWALLA: Cardinal Hayes; SAMUEL: Stepinac Campus Magnet (5-2) vs. Flushing (5-2) Saturday, 11 a.m. at Campus Magnet HS, 207-01 116 Ave. Both Campus Magnet and Flushing cruised to easy victories in Week 7, setting up this Week 8 clash. Campus Magnet enters the game just 13 power points ahead of Flushing in the PSAL's Championship division. The Bull-dogs and Red Devils boast two of the city's better rushing offenses. Flushing fullback Andrew King ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns last week. Continue Reading

New York City’s top high school football players join college programs on National Signing Day

National Signing Day. It's the first Wednesday of every February, the day when high school gridders sign their national letters of intent to attend top college football programs. A few years ago, the day meant little in New York City; the Big Apple produced precious few football standouts. But this season, things have changed. From Daily News football Player of the Year Dominique Easley of Curtis HS to Cardinal Hayes speedster Jeremiah Kobena, the city is suddenly filled with talent. "People are starting to look at New York City kids a little bit harder," says longtime Holy Cross HS football coach Tom Pugh. "It's a good place to draw talent . . . And this year, there was a lot of talent." That will be evident Wednesday, as a plethora of seniors from around the city sign their letters of intent. Here's a look at some of the Big Apple area gridders who have earned college football scholarships: DL George Apostolopoulos, Iona Prep - Fordham DL Gary Acquah, Mount St. Michael - Holy Cross OL/DL Chris Brathwaite, Holy Cross - Virginia RB Anthony Brunetti, Holy Trinity - C.W. Post DL Dale Codrington, Holy Cross - Bryant DL Dominique Easley, Curtis - Florida LB Kassim Forbes, Curtis - Fordham RB Jeremiah Kobena, Cardinal Hayes - Syracuse CB Prince Jacobs, Jefferson - C.W. Post OL/DL Walter Johnson, Jefferson - Virginia Union QB Cole Marcoux, Fieldston - Dartmouth QB/S Dean Marlowe, Holy Cross - James Madison OL Jaime Martinez, Xaverian - Sacred Heart WR Bryant McAdoo, Cardinal Hayes - Stony Brook RB Lyle McCombs, St. Joseph by-the-Sea - Uconn OL/DL Emmanuel Mendoza - Holy Cross RB/DB Steven Rene, Canarsie - Syracuse S/LB John Rose, Holy Cross - Hampton RB/LB Marvin Staten, Tottenville - Akron LB James Timmins, Curtis - Rhode Island LB Mario Tull, Xaverian - Syracuse DL Robert Welsh, St Anthony's - Syracuse DL Matt Wilson, Holy Trinity - Maine QB/S Devante Wheeler, Poly Prep - Stony Brook Did we miss future college Continue Reading

News previews NYC’s must-see high school football matchups

High school football is back in full swing.The PSAL season began play last weekend; this week, the CHSFL and PSAA get into the act. The result? More than 30 high school football games will be played around the city on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here, the Daily News high school sports staff breaks down this week's most intriguing matchups and highlights a handful of others you won't want to miss. MARQUEE MATCHUPS: 1) IONA PREP vs. BERGEN CATHOLIC (N.J.)Friday, 8:30 p.m. at Giants StadiumThe defending CHSFL 'AAA' champs lost three top receivers (Darlos James and Chris Alfano to graduation, and Jordon Bronner to basketball), but the Gaels do return league rushing leader Jeff Mack and quarterback Tyrae Woodson-Samuels. A potent duo, to be sure, but they may not be able to match the offensive output of Bergen's RB/LB Doug Rigg and WR/DB Tanner McEvoy.SAMUEL'S PICK: Iona falls in season opener 2) CURTIS vs. FORT HAMILTONSaturday, noon at Curtis HS, 105 Hamilton Ave., Staten IslandIt's only Week 2, but the winner of this showdown establishes itself as a power broker in the PSAL. Fort's defense looks to sharpen its edges after a shaky 27-26 win over Sheepshead Bay in Week 1 exposed some holes. The Tigers should have their hands full against a young Curtis offense that looked sharp last week against Lincoln. The Tigers offense will also have to contend with Warriors defensive end Dominique Easley, the most dominant player in the PSAL.BEGLEY'S PICK: Warriors over Tigers 3) HOLY CROSS vs. ST. FRANCIS PREPSunday, 1 p.m. at SUNY Maritime College, 6 Pennyfield Ave., BronxIt's the annual Battle of the Boulevard game as Holy Cross and St. Francis Prep, schools located just 2.4 miles apart along Francis Lewis Boulevard in Queens, vie for neighborhood bragging rights. The game doesn't count in the CHSFL standings, but Holy Cross will still aim to snap Prep's two-year winning streak. Whichever squad loses will surely hear about it on the Q76, the bus that students from each Continue Reading

High school heroes: Homelessness, sickness don’t stop these students from graduating

The had everything working against them, but 200 city high schoolers defied the odds and were honored last night for making it to graduation.Overcoming homelessness, the pressures of parental drug addiction and serious physical ailments, the students were praised by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein as role models."You will serve as inspiration to the students in your school," Klein told the honorees at a ceremony at the Tweed Courthouse. "We have learned a lot from you as well. Our students are resilient."The teens singled out for achieving academically against all odds included: Stephanie Soto, 17, who was born to a drug-addicted mother and was placed in foster care at age 13 when the grandmother who raised her, Carmen Guerra, died from a heart attack in front of her. "I'm just glad I never gave up," said the Bronx Aerospace High School student - who also overcame a nervous breakdown and bipolar disorder - after posing for a photo with Klein and her now-sober mom, Joannie Guerra, 38.Bronx Aerospace Principal Barbara Kirkweg said Stephanie's graduation is "nothing short of amazing."Stephanie plans to study international relations at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. Stephen Rivera, 17, said everything was going great for him until February of last year, when a sinus infection became meningitis that traveled to his brain."I was paralyzed \[on\] the whole left side," said Stephen, who had played football for Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports in the Bronx. "It felt horrible. I did not think I was going to recover."He spent four months in the hospital and many more months in a wheelchair."They told me when he went into the hospital that he was not going to make it through the night," recalled his mother, Maria Ferrera, 40. A year later, Stephen managed to regain movement and made up for the lost time."And I came back to the football team. I'm glad to be playing again," said Stephen, who will study physical therapy at Lehman College in the Continue Reading

News previews Week 6’s must-see high school football matchups

Let the race for the playoffs begin. Just four weeks remain in the PSAL season, but the postseason picture has yet to take shape. Undefeateds Fort Hamilton and Erasmus Hall seem to be battling for the Championship division's top seed. Curtis, Flushing, Clinton and Tottenville are also in the hunt, waiting for a misstep from the Tigers and the Dutchmen. The CHSFL race is just as murky. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (3-0) and Holy Trinity (4-0) sit atop the ‘AAA-AA' division, but neither team is unbeatable, which gives hope to Holy Cross, St. Anthony's and Farrell, a trio of one-loss squads. Each division favorite knows that just one loss could send it tumbling in the playoff race, and every team knows the importance of a victory. With that in mind, the Daily News high school sports staff breaks down three of this week's most pivotal matchups, and highlight's 10 other games you won't want to miss. MARQUEE MATCHUPS CURTIS (4-1) vs. TOTTENVILLE (4-1) Friday, 2:30 p.m. at Curtis HS, 105 Hamilton Ave., Staten Island Twenty-four power points. That's all that separates Curtis, the third-ranked team in the PSAL's Championship division and the News' No. 6-ranked team, from Tottenville. The tight division race only sweetens this Staten Island rivalry game. Curtis hasn't surrendered a point in its last three games. Then again, Tottenville has scored more than 20 in four of its five outings. STAFF PICKS - LELINWALLA: Curtis; SAMUEL: Tottenville *** CLINTON (4-1) vs. FLUSHING (4-1) Sunday, 11 a.m. at Clinton HS, 100 West Mosholu Parkway South, Bronx Just two years ago, the Red Devils were in the Cup division. This year, they've proven they belong among the PSAL elite, and they'll vault into the Championship division's top five with a win against Clinton. That's no easy task; Clinton features a power running attack, and Flushing has struggled to contain ground games, allowing four opponents to rush for more than 100 yards, and two to top 200. Continue Reading

News previews Week 7’s must-see high school football matchups

The top teams have pulled away in the PSAL's Championship division; undefeated squads Fort Hamilton and Erasmus Hall appear to have secured their postseason berths, as have 5-1 squads Curtis and Clinton. But other squads are jockeying for positioning in the 16-team playoff bracket.Port Richmond and Grand Street are on the outside looking in; the Red Raiders and Wolves are ranked 17th and 18th, respectively. Both teams still have time, though, and over the next three weeks, they'll both have chances to earn valuable power points. Other teams are battling to improve their standing in the postseason picture. If the playoffs began today, New Dorp would be seeded 16th, but the Central Cougars could vault into the top 10 with a win this week. Sheepshead Bay could just as easily tumble from its lofty perch at No. 8 with losses over the next three weeks. Every game gains added meaning with each passing week. With that in mind, the Daily News high school sport staff points out Week 7's most intriguing matchups, and highlights 10 other games you won't want to miss: MARQUEE MATCHUPS Truman (5-0) vs. Beach Channel (5-1) Saturday, 11 a.m. at Truman HS, 750 Baychester Ave. Beach Channel and Truman enter this Week 7 clash tied for third place in the PSAL's Bowl division with 198 power points, and both teams sport ultra-stingy defenses. Channel has two shutout victories; Truman has three. Both teams love to run the ball, so the squad that can defend the ground attack has the advantage. STAFF PICKS - LELINWALLA: Beach Channel; SAMUEL: Truman Erasmus Hall (6-0) vs. Midwood (4-2) Saturday, noon at Erasmus Hall Campus, MacDonald Ave. (Ave. M & Bay Parkway) Erasmus Hall barely managed to stay perfect, last week, edging Boys & Girls, 18-16. Now sophomore quarterback Wayne Morgan and the Dutchmen will face another tough opponent in battle-test Midwood, which upended New Dorp, 24-14, last week. STAFF PICKS - LELINWALLA: Erasmus Hall; SAMUEL: Midwood Fordham Prep Continue Reading

Homeless high school kids to graduate in inaugural USS Intrepid ceremony

This isn’t your typical high school graduation. Dozens of homeless high school kids who overcame huge obstacles to become part of the class of 2016 are being honored Friday in a first-of-its-kind graduation ceremony on the USS Intrepid. All of the 45 kids at the ceremony are continuing their education in college at schools like Syracuse University, New York University, Fordham, Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and many others. "I'm just truly excited things are coming my way,” said Joshua Hazelwood, a graduate of Leadership and Public Service Academy in Manhattan. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO "LIKE" Next year he’s attending Cazenovia College in upstate New York, and plans on majoring in criminal justice with a minor in forensic psychology. “I want to work with criminals because I understand what they are going though,” said Hazelwood, who lived in a Brooklyn shelter with his mom. “People are going to jail for stupid stuff and someone needs to stand up for them. I feel I can help." He credits his success with his involvement in afterschool programs, teachers and mentors who helped him, and his love of family. “I had my mind set on helping my family,” he said. “It motivated me to do more, to be better." First Lady Chirlane McCray will address the new grads, as well as Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor. Despite the obstacles, 32% of those attending the ceremony had perfect attendance. As a reward for their hard work, the kids are getting laptop computers from the DHS Homeless Trust Fund. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jim Boeheim’s daughter receives apology from NYC-area high school for Syracuse ‘cheater’ taunts during game

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City-area high school has apologized for taunts its students aimed at Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s daughter during the state tournament semifinals. The principal of Albertus Magnus High School in Rockland County sent a letter Monday to Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team, including Jamie Boeheim, apologizing for the students’ “inappropriate remarks” on Saturday. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the Syracuse-area school was en route to a 56-33 win over the previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked downstate school in the Class A semis when Jamie Boeheim, a freshman, got into the game. Some Albertus Magnus students at the game played outside Albany started chanting, “Where’s the cheater?” The taunt was a reference to the NCAA’s sanctioning of Syracuse’s basketball program for academic and benefits violations. Jamie Boeheim scored a basket, quieting the hecklers. Jamesville-DeWitt lost the next day in the finals to the Buffalo area’s Williamsville South. Continue Reading