Class A boys -- St. Joe's
Schedule: Friday's semifinal -- CHSAA-St. Joe's (27-1) vs. PHSAA-Peekskill (26-1), 6:45 p.m. Saturday's final -- AISAA-Lawrence Woodmere (23-3) vs. St. Joe's/Peekskill, 3:45 p.m.
St. Joe's starters: Domonic Cook (5-8 jr.), John Greer (6-2 jr.), Naaman Roosevelt (6-1 sr.), Devon Dawson (6-3 sr.), Mike Wopperer (6-6 sr.). Key reserves: Matt Mihalich (5-10 sr.), Andrew Passage (5-9 jr.).
History: St. Joe's has never won Federation title in three previous trips. In '04, coach Mark Simon and seniors Tim Spitler and Pat Washington lost final in OT to Jamesville-Dewitt, 78-73.
Scouting Peekskill: Peekskill won its second straight public school state title as the Red Devils' pressure defense wore down Sweet Home, 46-39.
Bracketology: Independent Lawrence Woodmere Collegiate (of Woodmere, L.I.) makes its third straight Federation appearance. Newsday's No. 1 small school (Class A and below) is led by a frontcourt of 6-8, 215-pound senior Tyrone Nash (offered scholarships by Providence and St. John's), 6-5 Joshua Marshall and 6-5 R.J. Rutledge, a three-point threat.
Class B boys -- Lackawanna
Schedule: Friday's semifinals -- PHSAA-Lackawanna (26-1) vs. CHSAA-Blessed Sacrament (19-3), 3:15 p.m.; AISAA-Collegiate (25-4) vs. PSAL-Global Studies (19-1), 5 p.m. Saturday's final -- 2 p.m.
Lackawanna starters: LeShawn Blackburn (6-0 jr.), Marcus Rivers (6-4 jr.), Russell Holt (6-4 jr.), Lesean Braxton (6-2 sr.), Steve Kozaczka (6-9 sr.). Key reserves: Kenny Sweat (5-8 jr.), Curtis Underwood (6-1 jr.).
History: Coach Tim Foley's Steelers are coming off their first state title since 1979. That also was the first year of the Federation Tournament.
Scouting Blessed Sacrament: The New Rochelle school beat Nichols, 76-67, in Catholic state title game last weekend at Niagara University. Kozaczka, coming off a great public school tournament, will match up with 6-8 Jared Famouse (18 points, 18 rebounds vs. Nichols), who's headed to the University of Hartford next year.
Bracketology: Manhattan's Collegiate beat longtime independent power Poly Prep for first Glens Falls trip in 10 years. First-time PSAL champ Global & International Studies of Brooklyn got 37 points from 5-11 Darren Lewis in PSAL Class B final.
Class B girls -- Immaculata
Schedule: Friday's semifinals -- AISAA-Immaculata (19-5) vs. PHSAA-South Jefferson (27-0), 11:45 a.m.; PSAL-Jefferson (20-3) vs. CHSAA-Aquinas (26-3), 10 a.m. Saturday's final -- 10:30 a.m.
Immaculata starters: Justine Smith (6-1 jr.), Katelynn Benzing (5-11 jr.), Colleen Quinn (5-7 sr.), Mary Kruszka (5-3 jr.), Kelly Bushen (5-2 sr.).
History: Coach Angelo Iaffalo's team, in its fourth season as an independent after leaving Monsignor Martin Association, advanced to first Fed tournament after one playoff game: a 61-41 victory over Dalton in the independent final March 5.
Scouting South Jefferson: Located about 60 miles north of Syracuse along I-81, school is 102-4 over last three years due to tough defense (27 points per game), excellent ball movement and deadly three-point shooting. Spartans beat Section V champion Nazareth, 48-41, in state public school final. Nazareth beat East Aurora in regional round, 65-46.
Bracketology: Rutgers-bound, 2,000-point scorer Judith Ray (sister of Villanova star Allan Ray) and St. Thomas Aquinas of the Bronx beat Nardin in state Catholic final, 63-53.