Sports Beat Insider – Feb. 23, 2019

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 25 of the Sports Beat season, and sectionals are in full swing.  It’s a great time of the year, and be sure to follow @PickinSplinters  to keep up with all the basketball action.  This may be an abbreviated Insider today, as #WindStorm2019 hits the Rochester area… and the power may go out any minute(again).

We begin the week with the debut story from John Likanje.  As regular readers of Pickin’ Splinters know, John has been covering Section V basketball all season, as well as helping out with the Sports Beat.  You may not have heard of John, but you should definitely know the subject of his story… Justice Smith.

Lyons Boys Basketball is the talk of Class C, and Justice is a player of the year candidate – but that news has been slow to spread, and with so many talented players this season, his name often gets lost in the mix.

Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook, to talk some Hilton basketball.  Both the boys and girls were coming off big wins, and headed into Sectionals with the momentum of their side.

Kyle O’Gara returns for Making the Grade, this time with a look at Bishop Kearney’s TJ Tytler.  The Section V Spotlight shines this week on Pittsford boys swimming, as well as a couple of stand out performances at the Indoor Tracks Sectionals.

Out top story of the week takes a look at Penfield Hockey.  The Patriots came within a goal of a Section V title last year, losing 1 – 0 to Victor.  For the returning ten seniors, that loss has been the motivation to make this year different.

And that’s a wrap on week 25!  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 March 7, 2015 – a look at the Hockey sectional matchups in Class B and BB, featuring Brockport vs Irondequoit, and Victor vs the Greece Thunder.  Lots of talent on display, and some good ol’ time hockey, from the Frank Ritter Arena.

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