Sports Beat Insider – February 16, 2019

Go Inside the Sports Beat with Webster Schroeder Boys Basketball and Northstar Christian Boys Basketball

Welcome to this week’s breakdown of the High School Sports Beat, your behind the scenes look at the production, from the producer and the shows many contributors.

It’s Week 24 of the Sports Beat season, and sectionals are upon us.  It’s a great time of the year, and be sure to follow @PickinSplinters  to keep up with all the basketball action.

We begin with Webster Schroeder Boys Basketball.  It’s a team led by Head Coach Matt Spadino.  The Spadino name has been associated with the Warriors for over 4 decades, as Matt’s father Bill worked as a coach in the Schroeder program.  That family connection remains a part of the team, as Paul Gotham reports on, in “The Way of the Warriors”.

Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters returns to join Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook.  This week, Paul dives into the hottest team on the girls side, heading into sectionals.  Bishop Kearney has won 5 sectional titles in the last 10 seasons, and are looking for another.

Paul Gotham joined Dave Yates on The Press Box this week as well – and talked some Section V Hoops.  Here’s that segment for those that missed it…

Kyle O’Gara joins us next for Making the Grade, this week honoring a sophomore from Aquinas Institute – Chanel Alexander.  Following that is this week’s Section V Spotlight, featuring some updates on a couple of Section V alums from college…

Our top story of the week looks at the Northstar Christian Academy Boys Basketball team, and a special thing they did to honor the international students who attend NCA.


The Northstar Knights uniform says “Northstar” in Chinese (photo provided by JJ Garwood)

Special uniforms for their game versus Bishop Kearney on February 5… the Chinese New Year.  The Knights are in their first year in Class A, after playing in Class C.  It’s a big step up for a small school, but it’s worked out for them, as they started the year 16 – 0.

And that’s a wrap on week 24!  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.

Follow the High School Sports Beat on Twitter, and be sure to check back here each Monday for the latest Insider!

We leave you this week, with an Insider weekly feature – looking back at some of our stories from the past 7 years. From February 15, 2012 – our first look at Webster Schroeder Boys Basketball, in a heated battle versus Fairport.  Featuring then Sophomore Emmitt Holt – who would go on to play for Providence.

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