Welcome to this week’s breakdown of the Vision High School Sports Beat, your behind the scenes look at the production, from the producer and the shows many contributors.
We kick off Week 14 of our season with a look at the Uprep Boys Basketball team. The Griffins have a change at the top this year, with Desmond Stewart taking over the Head Coach role – previously held by James Reaves, a friend and former teammate of Stewarts. Uprep is a young team, but they have a great foundation, built on discipline.
Paul Gotham, from Pickin’ Splinters, brought us that story – and he returns for the next segment with Dave Yates. In this week’s Dunkin Donuts High School Notebook, Paul talks Section V Basketball, and the great start to the season – especially for Northeast Douglass and Greece Athena.
The Section V Spotlight shines on some performances of note in the area, including Anthony Noto from HFL, who won his 100th career match. He’s also a two-time state champion at Honeoye Falls-Lima, but there will be more on him in next week’s episode.
We did a little something different this week for our main story. It’s a #Flashback to March 2014, and the Class AA Girls Basketball finals between Rush-Henrietta and Gates-Chili. This was an unplanned trip to the past, but due to scheduling conflicts and a bout with the flu, an opportunity presented itself. Cierra Dillard is the star of the game, and it seemed like a great time to relive the moment of her 2nd straight Sectional Title with the Spartans. More recently, Dillard is the current leading scorer in Women’s college basketball, averaging 26.7 points per game for the UB Bulls. She’s also a nominee for the Naismith Trophy (presented to the top Player in Men’s and Women’s basketball) and the Wade Trophy (presented to the top player in women’s Division 1 basketball).
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We leave you this week, with an Insider weekly feature – looking back at some of our stories from the past 7 years. From January 2017 – an earlier look at Uprep, then under coach James Reaves, and then starring Jeenathan Williams – who like Cierra Dillard, is now a part of the University of Buffalo.