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Park School graduate Noah Hutchins isn’t just heading to prep school for the coming season. The Allen Wilson Buffalo News Boys Basketball Player of the Year intends to play for defending national champion IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Hutchins, a four-year starter who led Park to the 2018 state federation crown as overall champion of New York, averaged 20.6 points, …

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The video clip of Noah Hutchins jumping over 6-foot-10 teammate John Orogun and 6-8 teammate Joe Jones during the slam dunk contest of the first LTE Showdown is a highlight still worth watching, even if it’s almost a year old. After all, watching anyone effortlessly soar over people taller than oneself, including one by 9 inches, is a must-see feat of athleticism. It…

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With star point guard Noah Hutchins nursing an injured foot back to full strength, his Park School teammates proved they could hold up against a strong local challenge without him. The News’ No. 1-ranked large school stifled fifth-ranked St. Francis in a 47-34 victory on Thursday night in Athol Springs. Park parlayed a methodical offensive approach with disciplined defens…

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Forging ahead without four contributors from its New York State Federation Tournament of Champions conquering team, Park couldn’t pick up right where it left off last year. Defending the championship, along with Manhattan Cup and Catholic High School Athletic Association titles, would be a season-long improvement project for the younger Pioneers. One with a solid foundati…

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The boys basketball season has already begun, but it really kicks into high gear Friday with marquee tournaments such as Niagara Falls High School’s Cataract Classic, Daemen’s Pastor-Cooper Showcase and Canisius’ Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament bringing top teams and individual talents together on the hardwood. Among them are some of the stars on our list of the area's t…

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Park School rode the towers of three and perhaps the best backcourt in the area to championship glory last season. It was expected that the underclassmen core would return with the mission of completing a New York State Federation Tournament Class A championship repeat. Then the offseason happened. Three pivotal players to Park’s run transferred to prep schools, incl…

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I just stumbled upon this on Twitter. Not sure if this is from an all-star game or just some random event at Park School. It's cool nonetheless. Six-foot-1 Park point guard Noah Hutchins slams it home, jumping over former teammate Joe Jones and current 6-11 teammate John Orogun. We thank Chad Andrews of Centercourt for this video highlight. https://twitter.com/center…

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Noah Hutchins' buzzer-beating layup provided the perfect ending to Park School's championship quest and the perfect finish to a postseason full of memorable moments for Western New York's boys and girls basketball teams. There were three state champions: Park (Federation Class A boys), East (NYSPHSAA Class D boys) and Sacred Heart (state Catholic Class A girls). Ther…

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Coach Rich Jacob and associates Matt Jacob and Bob Bateson had a vision for how they wanted to mold the Park boys basketball program when they took over back in August. If they could have hit the fast forward button seven months ago, they would’ve liked what they saw during the second half of Sunday’s New York State Catholic Class A championship at Villa Maria. Comin…

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Postseason championships have been hard to come by for Park School ever since it went all the way and captured the New York State Federation crown in Class B back in 2015. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the only holdover from that Pioneers team played a major role in the program's latest championship moment. Behind the MVP performance of senior Brandon Smith, Park …

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One never knows how these marquee matchups between league leaders that look good on paper will turn out, even as the game is unfolding before one's eyes. With Park nursing a one-point halftime lead – an edge it secured late in the second quarter after trailing Bishop Timon-St. Jude for most of the opening 16 minutes, did anyone see a 30-point blowout coming? That's e…

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There are still plenty of boys basketball games to be played this season, but one thing is apparently certain. Last year's "no nights off" moniker still is a fitting description of life in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. With that in mind, it shouldn't be surprising that Park took down No. 1 Canisius. In the clash between the top two-ranked Buf…

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Rich Jacob has coached at the college level most of his career but like most lifers in the profession, it started at the high school level. He's returning to the level where it began years ago as the 58-year-old has been hired as boys basketball coach at Park School, according to athletic director Marcus Hutchins. Jacob, a native of Niagara Falls and a Bishop Duffy (…