Today’s Sunday notebook led with Rye Neck, which has won four straight games, including a win this week over Blind Brook. The Panthers are now 8-8 and have the program’s first season of .500 or better since 2005-06 in their sights.
This is Rye Neck’s third season under coach John Aguilar and certainly its brightest. When Aguilar started, he had eight players on the varsity and just six on the JV. The joke was that they could fit the entire program on a short bus. Now, the Panthers boast 13 on the varsity, 12 on the JV and, most importantly, a bright future.
Rye Neck is led by an interesting duo. Senior point guard Brendan Crowley has enjoyed the fruits of three frustrating seasons. He played varsity ball all that time out of necessity. Now, he leads an improving team in scoring. Crowley’s joined atop the stat sheet by intriguing sophomore Matt Franks. The 6-foot-5 forward averages a double-double and Aguilar believes he is a potential Division I player.
• Also in today’s notes: I caught up with Mahopac coach Kevin Downes, whose team just completed a stretch of five games in a week. But the Indians didn’t just complete it; they thrived and turned their season around. Mahopac went 5-0 during that stretch and has now won six straight. This all on the heels of a three-game losing streak that dropped its record to 5-4.
• Tyler Sayre is in position to break the program’s all-time scoring record when Albertus Magnus travels to Spring Valley tomorrow. The 6-foot-5 senior has 1,057 career points, just nine short of Antoine Duvert’s program record of 1,066.
• I included an update on Isaiah Cousins’ recruiting that you read here earlier this week. According to Bob Cimmino, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia Tech has joined the chase for Cousins but none of the three have offered him yet. Cimmino also said there is nothing new on the recruiting front with his other top seniors. Randy Stephens No. 1 suitor is still Northeastern. Jarrel Marshall still has offers from Marist, Iona and St. Peter’s. I’d expect that to change in the coming weeks.
• Section 1’s last two remaining unbeatens can complete third perfect regular season this week. Tappan Zee (17-0) travels to Nanuet on Wednesday for its regular-season finale. Tuckahoe (16-0) hosts Greenburgh Academy tomorrow and travels to Clark Academy on Thursday.