I have a few things to touch on this morning, so we’re going to tackle it notebook style.
CAPUANO EARNS FIRST OFFER. After drawing increased interest from Division I schools during the season, Iona Prep senior Tom Capuano earned his first scholarship offer on Thursday from Manhattan College. Manhattan had been one of four schools that have visited Capuano in recent weeks, including Maine, Siena and East Carolina. You have to think the offer will force the other schools to get more serious.
Capuano, a three-year starter, recently scored his 1,000th career point at Iona Prep. He also played varsity as an eighth grader at Hastings. (I’m working on getting his overall varsity point total.)
CRISTIANO SCORES 1,000TH, KENNEDY FALLS AT BUZZER: On Wednesday night, Dominick Cristiano needed just one point to pass 1,000 points for his career. The 6-foot-7 junior reached the milestone in the first quarter, but Kennedy eventually saw its perfect regular season fall by the wayside. The Gaels rallied in the fourth quarter before Cameron Pinn’s layup at the buzzer gave Fordham Prep a 48-46 win.
The result cost Kennedy its perfect season, but won’t change its playoff position. The Gaels still won the CHSAA ‘A’ division by three games over Fordham and will be the No. 1 seed when the ‘A’ city tournament begins next week.
Senior Sean Delaney, who sat out the last three games with a sore knee, is expected to return for the playoffs.
COMING THIS WEEK… My Championship Week preview will run in Sunday’s Journal News. It will include a team-by-team preview for all 20 semifinalists as well as my picks to win every gold ball.
I will also have a story in Monday’s paper on four of next week’s biggest stars and the unique bond they shared on the Road to the County Center.
I’ll have a preview on the blog for each of the five tournaments over the weekend, so continue to check back for that.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK SCHEDULE. And if you somehow missed it, here’s a complete schedule for all the boys and girls games next week at the County Center.