Sports Beat Insider – Jan. 5, 2019

Go Inside the Sports Beat with Rainbow Classic coverage and boys basketball Kings vs Cadets

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.

Happy New Year!  It’s Week 18 of the Sports Beat season, and we say Hello! to 2019 with a look at Section V Basketball.

We begin with the Rainbow Classic – an annual tradition for the Pittsford Central School District.  Held at the historic Palestra on the campus of the University of Rochester – the Rainbow Classic features games between Pittsford Mendon and Sutherland, girls and boys.  Between contests, a check is presented to the Golisano’s Childrens Hospital.  Entering this years event, the 18th Classic, the Pittsford community has raised and donated over $500,000.  An incredible fund-raising event – with some pretty good basketball to boot.


The Palestra on the campus of the University of Rochester – Dec. 21, 2018 (photo by Joe Bradt)


A rainy night on the campus of the University of Rochester – Dec. 21, 2018 (photo by Joe Bradt)

All told, over $30,000 was raised this year, and the sold-out crowd saw Mendon sweep the day.  Read more about the girls game here, and the boys game – courtesy of John Likanje from Pickin’ Splinters.

Speaking of Pickin’ Splinters, Paul Gotham joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin Donuts High School Notebook next. Miles Brown of Northstar Christian Academy is the talk of the section, after breaking the all-time Section V scoring record.

Our Section V Spotlight is next, and once again, the runners at Rush-Henrietta are in the news.  This time, it’s the boys 4×800 relay team, with a season best time at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic in NYC.

Our main story this week highlights a boys basketball game in Hilton.  Visiting Bishop Kearney brings a young team to battle the Cadets, who entered their Holiday Hall of Fame Tournament undefeated on the year.  Due to time constraints, the broadcast version of our story had to be truncated, so we now bring you the ‘Director’s Cut’ of the Kings vs Cadets.

And that’s a wrap on week 18!  Be sure to check out the full episode– and tune in Every Saturday night on 13 WHAM after the late news, and on Sundays at Noon.

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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 March 14, 2012 – it was our first look at Bishop Kearney on the Sports Beat – so long ago, in fact, our show was called Sports Scene.  Coached by John Boon, and led by Senior Redell Freeman (older brother of current BK Girls star Marianna Freeman), and then freshman Thomas Bryant (current Washington Wizard in the NBA).

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