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GLENS FALLS -- We're live -- bright and early -- at the first of four games today. Said it yesterday, I'll say it again: I love my job. We're tipping off today with the Class A state semifinal between East and East Hampton of Long Island. I'm covering this game for Sunday's paper, so my first obligation is to keep track of the game in my notebook. I'll be updating here a…

GLENS FALLS -- Olean will have to beat the defending state champions if they want a title of their own. In a tense rematch of last year's championship game, Malverne again beat Ogdensburg, 76-71, in Friday's second semifinal. Dasheim Cherry, a 5-11 senior guard, had 28 points as the Mules (13-10) used a 19-12 fourth quarter to wear down Ogdensburg which got off to a gre…

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GLENS FALLS -- We're live at the second of two games today, the Class B state semifinal between Olean (23-2) and Section IV (Binghamton) area champion Chenango Valley (19-5). There's a 6:45 p.m. tip-off for the first of two B semifinals. There's an 8:30 p.m. start for defending champion Malverne (12-10) of Section VIII (Nassau County) representative and Section X (North Co…

GLENS FALLS -- It'll be Maple Grove's Red Dragons against Mechanicville's Red Raiders in the Class C state championship game here at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Mechanicville, located about 35 miles south of Glens Falls, outlasted Friends Academy, 52-51, in Friday evening's Class C semifinal. The Red Raiders were led in scoring by 6-foot junior …

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GLENS FALLS -- We're live at the first of two games today, the first of four games in the next 24 hours and possibly the first of eight games for Western New York teams here this weekend. I've said it before, I'll say it again: I love my job. This is the first of two Class C state semifinals as Maple Grove (23-2) takes on the state's top-ranked team in West Canada Valley …

GLENS FALLS -- Memo to anyone heading to Glens Falls, especially for future Fridays of the state tournament: get there early. I'm fortunate this is my ninth (yikes!) year coming here to cover state basketball games, so I know the side streets a little better than most. But this year was harder to find parking than any other year I've been here -- especially for a Friday …

Buffalo State will be the site of an all-star high school boys basketball game that will benefit the Brian Dux Assist Fund. The game will be April 8 at 7 p.m. Tryouts are April 1 at 8 p.m. at Buffalo State. The game is being presented by Camp Achieve and Talent Search, two Buffalo State programs aimed at helping high school students prepare for college. Dux, the form…

Here's some of the basketball stuff we found in our google-ing around the state. Use those extra mouse-clicks we saved you on ads on our site :-) * Here's one of many reasons that Glens Falls will host the state basketball tournament forever - the local committee has set up an its outstanding nysbasketball.net site which features schedules, ticket information (you can buy…

Section VI has four boys basketball teams headed to the state public school final four in Glens Falls. The last time a team won a state title was Lackawanna in 2006. So how will this year's teams do? Vote in the polls below and let us know why your picks will win via the comments section. Opinion Polls & Market Research Opinion Polls & Market Research …

When you write four live blogs and three game stories, it takes a day to clean out the notebook. Not that I'm complaining. Taking it from the top (of the key) ... Class C: Sophomore standout Chris Secky showed Buffalo fans why I've looked forward to the C finals ever since seeing him as an eighth-grader. Older brother Tom was assertive inside and out and fellow senior…

On a day which has been about making the final four, here's our final of four: We're live at the Buffalo State Sports Arena for the last of four Far West Regional playoff games. Our enjoyable day ends with a highly anticipated showdown between Section VI champion Niagara Falls and Section V champ East High of Rochester. In our online poll, 75.6 percent of 82 voters think…

Welcome to our live blog from the Buffalo State Sports Arena, where we're getting ready for the third of four Far West Regional playoff games. This is the first of two games in what should be a very exciting evening session. Section VI champion East High of Buffalo meets Section V (Rochester area) winner Pittsford-Sutherland in the Class A game. In our online poll, 88.5 …

We're live at the Buffalo State Sports Arena for the second of four Far West Regional playoff games, a long but fun day. Game No. 2 is in Class B, and its got an unusual distinction: it's a rematch of last year's game. Section VI champion Olean beat Section V winner Charlotte, a Rochester city school, last season at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. Much of …

We're live at the Buffalo State Sports Arena for the first of four Far West Regional playoff games. I love my job. The day starts with the Class C game between Maple Grove of Section VI (Buffalo area) and East Rochester of Section V. In our online poll, it was nearly a 50-50 split of the 39 voters, with 51.3 percent picking ER. I'm covering this game for Monday's paper,…

One advantage to having the remaining four regionals held Sunday is that we'll know the opponents ahead of time. Here's who and when Sunday's regional winners will play at Glens Falls Civic Center at the final four: Class C: West Canada Valley (25-0) of Section III (Syracuse area) at 1:30 p.m Friday. Class B: Chenango Valley (17-5) of Section IV (Binghamton area) at 6:45…