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30th NYS Federation Tournament

Friday-Sunday at Glens Falls Civic Center

PHSAA-public schools; CHSAA-Catholic schools; PSAL-New York City's Public Schools Athletic League; AIS-Alliance of Independent Schools

>Boys Class A

Friday's semifinal games
PHSAA-Jamesville-DeWitt (24-0) vs. PSAL-Bedford Academy (20-4), 6:45 p.m.
CHSAA-Nichols (22-7) vs. AIS-L.I. Lutheran (20-7), 8:30 p.m.

Saturday's final: 7:30 p.m.

Vikings starters: Will Regan-12 (6-8), Ron Canestro-12 (6-0), Stan Wier-10 (6-2), Andy MacKinnon-12 (5-10), Connor Vandegriff-12 (6-5). Key reserves: Evan Grenda-12 (5-11), Dieter Clauss-12 (6-0), Ramsey Gayles-12 (5-11).
Coach: Greg Plumb (sixth season)
Nichols Federation history: First trip to Glens Falls since 1995.
State rankings (as of March 14): 1. Jamesville-DeWitt (last week: 1); 3. Nichols (4); 4. L.I. Lutheran (6); 5. Bedford Academy (9).
Bracketology: Nichols hasn't played since beating Stepinac for the state Catholic title on March 14; Stepinac beat L.I. Lutheran, 43-40, last Dec. 27. . . . L.I. Lutheran hasn't played since March 1. The Crusaders' balanced lineup includes 6-5 junior Achraf Yacoubou, who has verbally committed to Villanova. "They seem pretty balanced -- they have two post players at 6-7 and they're very well coached," said Plumb. "All of their plays are executed on point." . . . J-D, which won the Fed title in 2008 and lost in last year's title game to L.I. Lutheran, is certainly a favorite to be in the final. If Nichols were to meet the Red Rams, it would have an idea of what it would be in for. J-D beat Nichols on Jan. 29 in Syracuse, 71-66, one of the 11 games Canestro missed with a broken finger.


>Boys Class B

Friday's semifinal games
PHSAA-Westhill (22-2) vs. PSAL-Queens HS of Teaching (30-0), 3:15 p.m.
CHSAA-St. Mary's (18-9) vs. AIS-Collegiate (25-4), 5 p.m.

Saturday's final: 5:45 p.m.
Lancers starters: Vince Kazmierczak-12 (6-3), Joe Cellino-12 (6-3), Chad Griffin-11 (6-3), Joe Barnhardt (6-0), Peter Notaro-11 (6-6). Key reserves: Jake Denz-10 (6-2), Nathan Meyers-10 (5-9), Jeremy Pyszczynski-12 (5-10), Josh Gumulak (6-0).
Coach: Dan Gill (second season)
St. Mary's Federation history: Second straight trip to Glens Falls and third overall.
State rankings (as of March 14): 1. Collegiate (last week: 2); 2. Westhill (4); 10. Queens HS of Teaching (NR); 14. St. Mary's (13).
Bracketology: St. Mary's last game was a win over Salesian in the state Catholic final on March 14. They also had two weeks off before that. The rest has helped Barnhardt's return from a knee injury. . . . Collegiate is seeking its third straight Fed title. It beat public school state champ Olean in the 2008 semifinals; last year it beat public school champion Bishop Kearney after Kearney had beaten St. Mary's in the semifinals. The Dutchmen beat Poly Prep, 54-53, to earn the AIS title on March 7. Leading the way for Collegiate is Yale-bound 6-6 senior Will Bartlett, who Gill compares to Nichols' Regan.


>Girls Class B

Friday's semifinal games
CHSAA-St. Mary's (16-11) vs. PSAL-Goldstein HS for Science (21-2), 10 a.m.
AIS-L.I. Lutheran (19-3) vs. PHSAA-Irvington (24-1), 11:45 a.m.

Saturday's final: 10:30 a.m.
Lancers starters: Chelsea Kiebzak-12 (5-5), Stephanie Simmeth-12 (5-8), Raeann Stillwell-11 (5-3), Victoria Fontana-11 (5-1), Nicole Richter-12 (5-7). Key reserves: Kelsey Rademacher-12 (5-3), Nicole Gangloff-11 (5-9), Amy Kawa-11 (5-4), Maria Rosati-11 (5-7) injured.
Coach: Keith Junik (fourth season)
St. Mary's Federation history: First trip to Glens Falls and first CHSAA title.
State rankings: 1. Irvington (last week: 2); 2. L.I. Lutheran (3); Goldstein H.S. for Science not ranked; St. Mary's is ranked 10th in Class C.
Bracketology: Coach Junik didn't rely on a scouting tape -- he hopped on a train and took a trip downstate to watch Goldstein win the PSAL's Class B title with a 57-39 victory over the Academy of American Studies last Saturday at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. "They're good, they're fast, tall not crazy tall, but taller than we are, so they'll provide some matchup problems for us," said Junik. "We're hoping to run them out of the gym. All year long we've been pressing, running the floor and kicking out for three, so we're not going to change our game."

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