High School Boys Basketball

Newsday runs a full-court press on Long Island high school boys basketball.

Nassau Sandler Award watch

Long Island Lutheran's Achraf Yacoubou, right, shoots a

(Credit: James Escher)

Can anyone wrestle the Sandler Award away from Long Island Lutheran or its star Achraf Yacoubou? The award, which is given annually to the top player in Nassau and Suffolk, has been given to a LuHi player the last three seasons, including Yacoubou in 2010. 

The Villanova-bound guard is off to a hot start for the 11-1 Crusaders, averaging 20.4 points per game. 


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On the McDonald’s menu

Led by Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's is the

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy, 2009)

Iowa State-bound Tavon Sledge of Half Hollow Hills West and Villanova-bound Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran are among 15 Long Island boys basketball players who are McDonald’s All-American nominees for the 2011 game to be played in Chicago on March 30.

There is an elaborate four-round selection process that will narrow the list of more than 1,000 senior boys candidates to the...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Led by Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's is the

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy, 2009)

Howdy Nassau hoops fans! 

Welcome to the first installment of the Nassau top 10, where we'll rank the best programs in the county (public, CHSAA and private) every week.

With the holidays past and the new year's resolutions already made, it's time for these teams to get into the meat of their conference schedules.

The top two squads on this list will play at Long Island Lutheran...

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Suffolk Slant: Sandler Watch

Harborfields' Matt McLeod drives the ball toward the

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Here is my first look at some of the top players in contention for the Richard Sandler Award given to the top boys basketball player in each county. Chris Mascaro will be posting his version for Nassau.

Admittedly, I won’t have the opportunity to see every player in Suffolk, so this list is a combination of personal observation, Newsday highlights and boxscores and the opinions of various...

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Suffolk Slant: Top 10 teams

Tavon Sledge and the Half Hollow Hills West

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Now that the league season is underway, it’s time for Zog to check in with his weekly rankings of Suffolk’s boys basketball teams, incorporating the public and private schools. I’ll try to post my top 10 teams on Monday and my top 10 players on Wednesday. Chris Mascaro, our Nassau boys basketball beat writer, plans to post on the same days as well. Chris and I also contribute to...

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Massapequa on the move

When Ryan Van Buren looks up at the boys basketball championship banners in the Massapequa gym, he mostly sees barren cloth.  Yet he can sometimes hear the 1976-77 banner (that of the program's lone county title) speak to him.

"Work hard, Ryan, and you too can get up here," it says.

Wait, no, that's just the voice of Marty Voight, who was a member of that championship...

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Quinn joins exclusive club

Oyster Bay, N.Y. - Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

(Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress)

Congratulations to Jim Quinn of Chaminade. The 60-year-old Chaminade graduate became the 10th coach in Long Island history to win 400 games with his alma mater’s 72-48 victory over St. Dominic on Tuesday night. Quinn is one of four coaches in this exclusive club who is still active.

The 400 Club

Ed Petrie, East Hampton – 754*Ted Adams, Hempstead – 490Russ Bastin, Uniondale...

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