Section 1 teams are at, or near, the midway point in their seasons. Today, Dan and I will breakdown who’s done what so far in each class and look ahead to who we like and what questions still need to be answered going forward.
We will look at the landscape in Class AA, A, B and C throughout the day today, including our favorites, contenders, dark horses, midseason all-stars, MVPs and more.
In this video, we hash out our thoughts about the teams in Class C:
Class C Midseason All-Stars
First team —
Peter Hoffmann, Sr., Haldane
Mo Hollis, Sr., Tuckahoe
Andre Morton, Children’s Village
Max Pearce, Sr., Tuckahoe
Eli Sierra, Jr., Hamilton
Second team —
Jaleel Barr, Jr., Hamilton
Jake Diamond, Sr., Solomon Schechter
Mike Haplin, Sr., Haldane
Dashawn Johnson, Martin Luther King
Haruyoshi Karube, Sr., Keio
MVP: Max Pearce, Sr., Tuckahoe. The 6-foot guard returned to Tuckahoe from Iona Prep and has immediately become a primary ball-handler in addition to the team’s leading scorer. His aggressive, athletic style of play is well-suited to the freewheeling Tigers.
Most improved: Peter Hoffmann, Haldane. There’s something to be said for a player who can evolve from a role player into a star, but Hoffmann has done exactly that. The 6-foot-4 junior is a inside-outside threat, who has the length to be a major matchup problem, especially at the Class C level.
Best newcomer: Pearce, Tuckahoe. Who else? It’s not often a team can add a player from outside the varsity roster — be it from the JV or not — and have him immediately become the focal point. Pearce has been that player. If the Tigers win it all, he will be the one to spur them to victory in March.
Coach of the year: Joe Virgadamo, Haldane. The Blue Devils have knocked on the door repeatedly in recent years, but Virgadamo might have a team ready to take that final step. They have multiple weapons around Hoffmann. They have the size. So far, Virgadamo has done a good job meshing that together.