Thursday, February 4, 2010

Albany has three McDonald's nominees; news and notes

Three boys basketball players from the City of Albany have been nominated for the prestigious McDonald's All-American team.

Christian Brothers Academy's Kameron Ritter, Bishop Maginn's Jerel Scott and Albany Academy's Nolan Hart have been nominated for the 33rd annual national All-Star game. 1,000 players were nominated across the country.

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In Suburban Council news, Guilderland High School's Ryan Ochs was named the Suburban Council's boys basketball Player of the Week. He scored a combined 37 points in wins over Burnt Hills and Mohonasen last week, his first games back after sustaining a concussion. He scored 24 points in a Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge game against Mohonasen, earning All-Tourney and game Most Outstanding Player honors.

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In softball news, pitching distance will remain at 40 feet, according to the NYSPHSAA quarterly newsmagazine.
The American Softball Association is making the change to 43 feet, and many other states are adopting the new rule. College and international teams put the rubber 43 feet away.
New York, however, has vetoed the change, meaning pitchers will continue to dominate 1-0 and 2-1 ballgames.

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In girls soccer news, Stillwater's Amanda Hathaway (above picture provided by Stillwater soccer coach Jackie Blake), New York State's Class B co-Player of the Year in 2009, will be attending Division II New Haven University and competing in the Northeast-10 Conference.

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