Sports Beat Insider – April 20, 2019

Go Inside the Sports Beat brought to you by Alfred State, as we join Cierra Dillard’s WNBA draft party, and check out Brighton Lax.

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Welcome to this week’s breakdown of the High School Sports Beat, brought to you by Alfred State College.  Many thanks to Alfred State College for joining the Sports Beat family, and helping to bring weekly coverage of Section V High School Sports to broadcast on 13 WHAM.

Now, here’s your behind the scenes look at the production, from the producer and the shows many contributors.  It’s week 33 of the Sports Beat season, and with spring break in high gear, we bring you an Easter edition of the Sports Beat.

We begin this week with a historic occasion in Gates… former Spartan and UB Bulls star, Cierra Dillard, enters the professional basketball ranks by being drafted #20 in the 2019 WNBA Draft.  Cierra was the guest of honor at McGregor’s for a draft party, attended by members of Gates-Chili athletics department, as well as most of the UB Women’s team – and more media members than I can personally remember seeing at one time.

Paul Gotham from Pickin’ Splinters joins Dave Yates for the Dunkin High School Notebook.   Paul is ready to talk some basketball, and in particular, the Nike Hoop Summit and the US team coached by Fairport’s Scott Fitch, with former McQuaid and future Husky, Isaiah Stewart.

Kyle O’Gara is up next with our Making the Grade nominee, Amanda Hilderbrandt from Hilton.  The Section V Spotlight shines this week on on some females of note in Section V, including an update on Rush-Henrietta’s Sammy Watson’s future.

Out top story this week looks at Brighton Lacrosse.  The Barons are looking like a new team, under new Head Coach DT Benedict.  Changing the culture, building a program… these are the lofty goals for the Boys program.  Winning 3 huge games in a week, including beating Penfield for only the 2nd time in program history?  That’s progress.

And that’s a wrap on week 33!  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 January 11, 2012 – a game of the week story on a girls basketball game between Aquinas and Gates-Chili, featuring the aforementioned Cierra Dillard, then a sophomore.

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