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 27 of the Sports Beat season, and our time with the Winter sports season is nearing the end.
We begin this week’s episode with a look at Eastridge Cheerleading. The Lancers took home their 3rd straight Section 5 title, and we’re heading to States – looking to repeat there as well.
The Sports Beat was running long this week, so this story was edited for time. We now present to you, the complete edit… or “Director’s Cut”, if you prefer.
Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook, to talk basketball, and the late surge from the Pittsford Sutherland boys. The Knights dealt with injuries earlier in the year, but entered Sectionals at full strength, and have the Section V Class A2 Title to prove it.
Kyle O’Gara returns for Making the Grade, this time honoring Vanessa Dawley, from Churchville-Chili. The Section V Spotlight shines this week on some Section V winners at the State level, including the recently profiled Monique Hardy of Webster Thomas.
Our top story this week takes us to the Blue Cross Arena, for the Class C Sectional Title match-up between CG Finney and Marcus Whitman. Playing in the “Big House” is still a big deal, and a totally different environment compared to most school gyms… even more so for the Class C schools.
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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 February 8, 2012 – Aquinas Boys Basketball is profiled, after a game played at the Blue Cross Arena vs Bishop Kearney. It wasn’t a sectional playoff game, but it was an intense affair with a huge crowd. Aquinas had 4 Division 1 athletes among their 11 seniors on the basketball squad. Christian White, would head to Monmouth before becoming a walk-on for Syracuse – Jarron Jones excelled on the football field for Notre Dame, and is currently signed to the Detroit Lions – Jahmahl Pardner ended his college career at the University of Memphis, and was briefly on the Memphis Express roster in the Alliance of American Football this year. Phil Valenti was a MAAC All-Academic Team honoree at Canisius, and played for a time with the Rochester Razorsharks.