Ron Moshier - Sports

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Moshier: WCV star Suderley shines

Let’s hear it for West Canada Valley junior Jared Suderley. In defeat, the 6-foot-4 swingman proved he belonged Tuesday night when he scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed six rebounds in the first round of the annual Zebra Classic all-star basketball tournament at Nottingham High School.


Playing against the likes of Jamesville-DeWitt senior Brandon Triche – Gatorade’s New York State Player of the Year -- Suderley shot 9-for-19 from the floor and made 9-of-9 free throws in a 92-81 loss.


Hamilton Central senior guard Derrick Cenicola had 11 points and six rebounds and Thomas R. Proctor High School sophomore Walkery Mills added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for ITS.


Triche led AT&T with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Liverpool junior Jesse Gates had 21 points and eight rebounds.


The Zebra Classic continues Wednesday at Nottingham. A B&R Glass team of Tri Valley League all-stars plays Syracuse PBA at 7:45 tonight. Playing for B&R Glass are Mike Ryan and Junior Woodard of Whitesboro; Evan Croll and Adam Kemp of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill; Matt Petrone, Jerrell Hunter and Pat Moore of Notre Dame; Ryan Kramer and David Cieri of Oneida; and James Jarrett of Clinton.


The boys semifinals are Thursday at Onondaga Community College. Both the girls and boys championship games will be played Friday at OCC, and they will be televised by Time Warner Cable.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Moshier: Richfield Springs football not dead yet

No, it wasn’t easy doing Wednesday night’s story about a Richfield Springs Central School football program that in recent years has been on life support. The news, though, could have been a lot worse. At least I didn’t have to write an obit.

For a guy who nearly 35 years ago was a proud, purple and gold captain of the Richfield Springs football team, writing about the program’s demise would have cut me to the core. I would hate to see football die at any high school. But this was my school, my alma mater, and if the program has to combine with Mohawk to keep giving student-athletes at RSCS the opportunity to play football, then so be it. That’s certainly better than no football.

I’m 52 years old, and now and then I still dream about playing high school football for Richfield Springs. That’s how much it meant to me. There’s no other team sport quite like football, the preseason workouts, the dreaded two-a-days in 90-degree heat, the practices, and the game days. It’s tough, but you’re all going through the same thing, every day. Now, nearly 35 years later, I feel the same way about running the Boilermaker. From the fastest to the slowest, we’re all in it together.

Richfield Springs may never field its very own football team again. I know that. That’s a shame. But I sincerely hope the student-athletes there, like me and my brother many years ago, will always have an opportunity to play the game if they so choose. Depriving a high school athlete of that opportunity, at any school, would be more than a shame. That would be the worst loss of all.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Moshier: Proctor remembers "Big-Shot Battle"

Two years ago, after Utica’s Thomas R. Proctor High School had won a second straight Section III Class AA boys basketball championship, a Bishop Maginn senior point guard from Albany scored 34 points and the Raiders’ season ended with a 68-61 loss in the state quarterfinals.


That guard’s name was Talor Battle, he went on to finish his scholastic career with 2,161 career points, and Tuesday night, he helped lead his Penn State University team to next week’s NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.


Battle, a Penn State sophomore, scored 13 points and had five assists as the Nittany Lions advanced with Tuesday’s 71-62 quarterfinal road win over top-seeded Florida. With Battle averaging 16.8 points per game, Penn State (25-11) has matched its single-season record for wins. He also was a first-team All-Big Ten selection who led the conference with 17.3 points per game and was second with 4.9 assists per game.


Two years ago, coach Norm Stamboly’s Proctor team came within a win of reaching the state Final Four championships in Glens Falls. It took a talent like Talor Battle to end the Raiders’ run. Two years later, what Battle is doing now shows what that Proctor team was up against.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Moshier: J-D's Red Rams roll on

After his Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team had successfully defended its Class A state title with a 77-75 overtime win over Peekskill on Sunday, J-D coach Bob McKenney told the Glens Falls Post-Star what everybody back in Section III already knows.


“People are worried about when Brandon (Triche) leaves,” McKenney said. “But next year, when we turn the basketball team over to him, I’m thinking we’re going to be OK.”


“OK” would be understating it.


The “him” McKenney was referring to is junior guard Lamar Kearse, who Sunday scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, while at the same time playing some game-saving man-to-man defense on Peekskill’s talented point guard, DaQuan Brickhouse. And another J-D underclassman, 6-foot-8 freshman center Dajuan Coleman, had 18 points and 18 rebounds in the title game.


Syracuse University recruit Brandon Triche was still named Tournament MVP despite foul trouble and only 12 points – half his average – and another J-D senior, guard Alshwan Hymes, scored 21 points. The plays made by Kearse and Coleman, however, were the primary reasons why the Red Rams repeated, and their return next season means J-D will be more than “OK” in 2009-10.


During this championship weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Jamesville-DeWitt (26-1) and Peekskill (24-2) were so good, either one of them probably would have won the Class AA final. Newburgh Free Academy (21-4) won that one, 62-42 over previously-undefeated and top-ranked Niagara Falls (24-1).


Section III’s Class AA champion, Christian Brothers Academy (21-5), lost to Niagara Falls 59-49 in the semifinals. Stefan Thompson led the Brothers with 18 points.


Another Section III champ, Onondaga (17-10), lost to Section II champ Maple Hill 77-51 in the Class C semifinals.


In Class D, the South Kortright team that ended Section III champ New York Mills’ season in the regionals capped a perfect 26-0 season in style. After disposing of Chateaugay 48-38 in the semifinals, the Rams got 15 points from Rashawn Herrington and edged Greenport 47-43 for their first state championship.


Greenport, from Long Island, had rallied for a 73-68, double-overtime victory over state-ranked No. 1 Maple Grove in Friday’s Class D semifinals. A year ago, Maple Grove ended West Canada Valley’s season in the semifinals and then captured the Class C state championship.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Moshier: Area hockey stars shine

Think the Utica-Rome area isn’t a hockey hotbed? Think again.


The same week New Hartford High School’s Spartans win a Division II state championship, Whitesboro’s Andy Starczewski leads the Pembroke Lumber Kings to the semifinals of Canada’s Central Junior Hockey League and Utica’s Dominick Dawes coaches the Neumann College Knights to the NCAA Division III “Frozen Four” in Lake Placid.


Starczewski, who has accepted a scholarship offer from Army, was the leading scorer and Most Valuable Player of his junior league. Dawes, only 28 years old, is in his first season as Neumann’s head coach, and his Knights have won their last seven games, their last five by a single goal, en route to their first-ever appearance in the Frozen Four.


Starczewski helped Whitesboro High School win its only state championship before moving on to prep school. Dawes, who played at Thomas R. Proctor High School and a Vermont prep school, helped Norwich University win an NCAA Division III national title when he was a junior.


Like so many hockey players and coaches from this area, they’re winning ways have continued.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Moshier: Cavo's completes stellar career

Former New Hartford High School star Amanda Cavo’s collegiate basketball career ended Wednesday night, when the Canisius senior guard scored a team-high 15 points in a 90-65 loss to Syracuse in a first-round WNIT game at the Carrier Dome.


In her four Division I seasons at Canisius, Cavo started and played in more women’s basketball games than any player ever had there. She also drained a school-record 267 three-pointers and scored over 1,300 points in her career.


We may not have heard the last of Amanda Cavo, though. Don’t be surprised if the 5-foot-9 shooting guard ends up playing professionally in Europe.


For now, though, the Greater Mohawk Valley area should be proud of one of its own. In defeat, she went out a winner.