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BCANY Summer Hoops Festival

Posted By Rob Cristino On August 6, 2012 @ 5:16 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The Section 1 Hudson Valley girls basketball team brought home the gold last night at the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival with a 91-90 win over Central at Johnson City.

Hudson Valley scraped out the gold medal game victory with help from Ossining’s Destini Walker, who converted two free throws with zero time remaining on the clock to give the Section 1 representatives the championship.

“This is a big confidence boost for (Walker),” Hudson Valley coach Dan Ricci said. “With 28 points, she was our leading scorer, and she played way bigger than herself.”

Walker led Hudson Valley, which went undefeated in the five tournament games, with 28 points.

Hamilton’s Maia Hood scored 25 points in the championship game and Ossining’s Saniya Chong, who was named MVP of the tournament, added 23 points in the win.

Earlier in the day, Hudson Valley had easily defeated Southern Tier 96-61 led by Chong’s 29 points and Hood’s 13.

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#1 Comment By Rockland On August 6, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

Was the team at full strength or were some of the previous listed girls injured? Good job either way! Way to bring home the gold!

#2 Comment By BCANY On August 6, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

Words going around town Maia Hood was the real MVP.

#3 Comment By Rockland On August 6, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

Hood and chong together…would take those 2 anyway…Mia is a good,solid,dynamic player but saniya is hands down the best…both will go far( and nice bright young ladies)

#4 Comment By HVparent On August 6, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

Nice try Mr. Hood. :0

#5 Comment By BCANY2 On August 7, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

I heard the same about Hood.. We know what Saniya is going to do, or better yet what Coach Ricci is going to allow her to do, but Maia shined despite that and was thee most consistent player for the 5games… Good for the Hudson Valley Area and Westchester as a whole!!!!!!!!

#6 Comment By HVparent On August 7, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

Thats a bit of a stretch there. There was one clear MVP at the tournament. Trust me, the right gurl got the hardware.

M played great. With A out she had to step up and play the 5 and she did an excellent job. Very tough kid. But I’m not sure at 5’7” she has a big future at the next level in the post. I wish allthe girls the best of luck. Great group of girls. Coaches were great.

#7 Comment By HANDS DOWN On August 7, 2012 @ 8:02 pm


#8 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 7, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

Do you have a kid on the team hands? Were you at the tourn?

#9 Comment By bballtime On August 7, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

why are you making a controversy when there isn’t one. Can’t you just be happy for the girls and their great performances?

#10 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 7, 2012 @ 9:30 pm


#11 Comment By Blame Ricci On August 7, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

Controversy = Coach Ricci No controversy = Do the right thing Coach

#12 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On August 7, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

bcany, 2 and hands(probably down your pants), these are all most likely the same tool who just wants to stir the pot.
Great effort by the entire team and coaches, CONGRATS.

#13 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On August 7, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

Sorry I don’t want Blaim Ricci to feel left out, you are no doubt another low life slug as well.
I do have to agree with Blaim though: Coach Ricci=HARD FOUGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. I say give Dan all the blaim you want for another well coached team.

#14 Comment By Crazy Cat On August 8, 2012 @ 7:37 am

“pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin like a fool with your pants on the ground”, remember that fool on American Idol?

#15 Comment By bball28 On August 8, 2012 @ 9:32 am

Anyway to get soemthing like this for the BCANY Girls Basketbaill:
FINAL stats from the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival • 08.07.12

As the subject says, here are the final stats for Hudson Valley from its gold-medal victory at the second annual BCANY Summer Hoops Festival:

Hudson Valley (5-0) —

Mike DeMello, Kennedy: 10.6 ppg
Jack Daly, Eastchester: 8.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg
John Decker, Somers: 4.6 ppg
Vaughn Dweck, Panas: 1.4 ppg
Jack Eisenberg, Pleasantville: 1.0 ppg
Stephen Espinosa-Hunter, Ossining: 2.0 ppg
Brendan Hynes, Mahopac: 6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Ian Thom, Croton-Harmon: 5.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 apg
Brian Daniels, Briarcliff: 16.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg (tournament MVP)
Kevin Degnan, Pearl River: 13.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.2 spg
Umar Singh, North Salem: 9.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Thanks to assistant Anthony Nicodemo of Saunders for providing the scores and stats all weekend.

#16 Comment By ChiefBuffaloWings On August 8, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

You ricci fans are a joke!!you guys belong together LOSER!

#17 Comment By General Tsao’s chicken On August 8, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

@ chief buffalo wings..yes they are quite amusing!!

#18 Comment By rchoops On August 10, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

Just heard Albertus will be without Kelly Guarino this season, another bad knee injury. Second time in two years.

#19 Comment By Rockland County On August 10, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

Sucks…good kid-hard player…how did she do it?

#20 Comment By Type On August 11, 2012 @ 2:47 pm


#21 Comment By TRUTH On August 12, 2012 @ 12:48 am

HEY good for Walker , heard she is moving Coach Ricci or are you going to sneak her back into the district just like you did the L.B. girl back in the day when you cheated on your first Gold Ball.

#22 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 12, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

First of all shes not moving, but why would that be good for her?

#23 Comment By Question On August 13, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#24 Comment By Hoopers Choice On August 14, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

This just in: Espinoza-Hunter to go to CTK Fall 2013!

#25 Comment By TRUTH On August 14, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

Whats Coach Ricci going to do all the girls he brought in here ilegally are leaving , oh I know maybe loyal to the true Ossining kids.

#26 Comment By Question On August 14, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

Hey. Hoppers choice. Ever hear this Over Rated….....who cares where she goes…..”.

#27 Comment By Hoopers Choice On August 14, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

TRUTH, u must b ESL. Had to reread that garbage several times to get a full English translation.
Question/Answer: you care, because your little Betsy cannot play at that level. Use your real name Jealous Crazed Parent.

#28 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 15, 2012 @ 7:32 am

Define “illegal”. If people choose to move into a town, and attend school, arent they eligible to play sports? What are you referring to as illegal?

#29 Comment By Illegal On August 16, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

@Hsbbfan – these people like to make themselves feel better and believe that there is some sort of Ossining/Dan Ricci conspiracy going on, that’s why their daughters didn’t make the team or Ossining beat their daughters team. They say that Sinaya is too old, and that Dan “steals” players by convincing an entire family to uproot and move to Ossining…..ridiculous!!! There is no illegal activity. For people who dislike Dan, you guys sure do spend a lot of time talking about him. From jealousy stems hatred….........

#30 Comment By HIGH TOPS On August 16, 2012 @ 2:03 pm


#31 Comment By HIGHER EDUCATION On August 16, 2012 @ 3:48 pm


#32 Comment By HIGH TOPS On August 16, 2012 @ 4:05 pm


#33 Comment By Rockland County On August 16, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

Congrats Saniya..hope u get all you want,you’re a nice kid

#34 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On August 16, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

@Illegal, welcome to the blog and very well said.
HIGHER EDUCATION, hope your self esteem is inflated now that you went out of your way to slander a teenage girl. WHAT A PUTZ

#35 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 16, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

Funny that the guy would complain about sports accolades on a sports blog. Isnt there an academic blog he can stalk?

#36 Comment By LOL!! On August 17, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

Mr Hamlin heading back to briarcliff!! Too bad he has no team…. Not one stand up player….Good luck don you will need it….lol.No glory days insight…

#37 Comment By HSBBALL On August 17, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

If I do recall, Don has Celaj coming back. Tough kid. Good player. Played summer ball all summer.

#38 Comment By LOL!! On August 17, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

Like i said no players….Celaj come on now….Be for real…. Keep dreaming …... The Don is done!!!!

#39 Comment By baller On August 17, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

Hamlin left brewster because there is no one coming back

#40 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On August 18, 2012 @ 12:42 am

HS, good thing she did not try and play summer ball all winter. LOL. Just a point.

#41 Comment By Hmmm On August 18, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

LOL !! You sound very bitter! Do you have something against Mr. Hamlin or is it the Celaj kid??? LOL!! You sound very foolish. Don is a good coach and the Celaj kid is a very Solid Player.

#42 Comment By clarification On August 19, 2012 @ 10:27 am

How is this fair to Coach Dini? At bcliff for only 1 year…does a solid job, now because former coach wants the job back she is let go and former coach is re-hired? just like that? Please explain.

#43 Comment By LOL!! On August 19, 2012 @ 11:14 am

That’s what i’m talking about!!! Don getting what he deserves!!No Players!!Who’s celaj ??Freshman?

#44 Comment By GOOD FOR HER On August 19, 2012 @ 1:39 pm


#45 Comment By Hmmm On August 19, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

@ LoL!! Don getting what he deserves ??? He had that at Brewster last year and they really did well with Ok players. Obviously the man knows about basketball. You know Celaj very well. I believe she took your daughters spot on the team as a freshman, but that was years ago and your still bitter lol

If your daughter worked half as hard as she did maybe she would have played more!

#46 Comment By Hmmm On August 19, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

@ Clarification…Kristi Dini did an amazing job at Briarcliff! The problem she had at Briarcliff was the same probelm many schools are experiencing. Parents were unhappy with play time, everyone was a superstar, and complaints were being filed with the AD.

#47 Comment By Big oooOOOOo On August 19, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

If this is true about Hunter going to CTK will Ossining play them?? Would be fun to watch.

#48 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 19, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

Even you can put a ball in someones hand. Thats the easy part.

There’s a lot more to being a student athlete than putting a ball in someones hands my friend.

If you’re in an obscure sitation where no one is seeing you would have a point. But then again, thats what the AAU circuit is for. That being said, the girl you mentioned is getting much more eposure playing with her HS and HR Breeze team than she is at 15U AAU tourns. Not too many scouts go to 15U tourns. Not worth their time.

Other things to consider at a place like Ossining is the academic, administrative and community support you get. Its priceless. With the sched they supposed to be playing this year the competition (including CTK) is on par with a city sched. Not too mention the distractions and safety factors. Think of “Chicken” from Bergtram. Poor kid.

#49 Comment By Agreed!! On August 19, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

Hsbbfan so where is ALdo coachign this year???

#50 Comment By brew On August 19, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

Dini going to Somers….. Aldo is still at PV…. Celaj fought injuries is a tough player. Hamlin get the job because staff gets first crack at any job

#51 Comment By Really On August 19, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

What do posters – GOOD FOR HER, TRUTH & BERNARDO all have in common?
Well they are all illiterate, all write in CAPS, all bash Ricci and are all the same person.
You guessed it Anthony Bernardo.
He claims not to hide under fake names but look at the posts by these three names, it is easy to see they are all written by the same Idiot. Hopefully for your daughters sake the coaches and players don’t take it out on her that you are a complete moron.

#52 Comment By QUESTIONS On August 19, 2012 @ 3:39 pm


#53 Comment By Really- On August 19, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

Dini still receive a raw deal at BC. Celaj is ok but if coach Hamlin left for a lack of talent what is he really getting at BC.

#54 Comment By Rockland County On August 19, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

@Hmmm Celaj playing at the next level? Justwondering

#55 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 19, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

Not comparing e kids but the environmemt. Head coaches do not go to 15u tournaments. It would be very rare if even 1st Asst went. Super exposure @15U Tourn? Please give some examples.

#56 Comment By Oss Exit On August 19, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

If Destini is leaving and Hunter is not there who will fill those shoes??

#57 Comment By Hoopers Choice On August 19, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

Never underestimate the ignorance of the average person, especially on a blog.
You can post any stupid, unverified comment and most bloggers fall all over themselves make all types of observations.

#58 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 19, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

Bernardo is not an average person

#59 Comment By Happy On August 23, 2012 @ 7:33 am

Hamlin is an excellent coach…he probably left brewster to continue coaching with his wife at briarcliff n even if cliff has no talent atleast they have a great caring coach so hop off his back with all the negativity about him and lets be positive towards coaches and players

#60 Comment By hsbbfan On August 23, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

I don’t see anyone being negative on coach Hamlin on this thread. Just positive on coach Dini. I thought you wanted people to be positive about coaches? Some coaches or all coaches?

#61 Comment By Oss Exit On August 23, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!!

#62 Comment By just saying On August 23, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

Hamlin is the MAN! Baaabaaa Booooieeeeeee Howard Stern ROCKS!

#63 Comment By Westchester On August 25, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

Saw Danny boy on News 12..That man does it all.

#64 Comment By Question On August 26, 2012 @ 9:47 am

News 12. Omg! I heard they were looking for umpa lumpas so glad they found 1

#65 Comment By Ossining On August 26, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

I would have to think SC has committed to a school by now, correct? If not how much longer before a student must commit? Anyone with insight, or is this secret like the Iphone 5 launch?

#66 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 27, 2012 @ 7:12 am

I undersand she has a few visits planned for the fall. Was waiting for school to start to get a full feel for environment.

#67 Comment By Ossining On August 27, 2012 @ 8:16 am

Thanks Hsbbfan!

#68 Comment By hoopsterNY On August 27, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

any news on new coaches for section 1??? anything about byram/yorktown/brewster? any others?

#69 Comment By StannerGrad. On August 27, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

I’m not sure but the answers should come very soon from this blogs’ version of “Carnac The Magnificent.”

#70 Comment By bball28 On August 29, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

Any updates as to the who is replacing Al Morales at Kennedy?

#71 Comment By Hsbbfan On August 30, 2012 @ 7:11 am

I heard some of the bigger schools invited her to football games so she can get a feel for the environment. Ohio State for instance.

#72 Comment By Question On August 30, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

Omg…who cares! Get a. Life pleeeaaassee!

#73 Comment By Agree On August 30, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

Question: Agree


Coaches, get offa here – SO LAME

#74 Comment By hsbbfan On August 31, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

Apparently you. Given that you on here and commenting. Someone, apparently a normal person, asked what was up and I said what I heard. You crack me up. Come on a girls basketball blog and complain that people are actually talking about girls basketball. Really?

#75 Comment By Question On August 31, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

No just talk about something other than chong…Jesus leave the kid alone…....

#76 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 1, 2012 @ 9:49 am

Someone asked a question about her genius

#77 Comment By Get A Life On September 1, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

@Hsbbfan AKA Ricci Hey Mr Dan its time you find yourself a lady friend.Ms Chong will be done this year,time to get a life.OMG

#78 Comment By Section One On September 1, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

@ hsbbfan- Are you going to keep Chong in the game when you are up by 30. It was fun watching her play against hopeless soles in the 4th qt when the other team pulled their starters first. Get a LIFE “coach”..

#79 Comment By bball28 On September 1, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

Any one heard about Girls coach to replace Morales @ KC?

#80 Comment By rchoops On September 1, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

I heard today at the volleyball tournament thst she passed on UCONN. It’s between Ohio St. And Louisville.

#81 Comment By intheknow On September 2, 2012 @ 7:27 am

The haters just wont go away. Or should I say, the hater. Petty jealousy. The kid almost never played in the 4th qtr last year or the year before in the reg season. And still avgd some 35 pts. I bet its the same guy who asks a question, (for the purpose of starting an argument) then criticizes the person who answers. “Why do you keep talking about her”, better question might be, why do you keep asking about her?

#82 Comment By Section One On September 2, 2012 @ 9:55 am

@ in the no- As usual, you and “coach” and hsbbfan etc. In your book- if one is not a worshipper, (like you), then one is a hater. I’m not sure what games you were at, but Chong did a lot of mopping up in 4th qts. She should have sat out 90% of the games in the 4th qt. but she didn’t because it was Ossining’s job to go for blood and destroy teams and pad the stats..
THAT’s A FACT that only the worshippers will deny.
Hey ya know what- Let’s keep tract of her 4th qt. mins this season when they are winning by more than 20 pts. after 3rd. qt.

#83 Comment By north county 24 On September 2, 2012 @ 11:32 am

Good decision by Chong to eliminate CONN U. Three of the five recruits from their class of 2014 have now transferred for lack of playing time. They also were high school All Americans.The only two recruits from that class who remain are Hartley and Dolson. I wish she had considered a local Big East school like St. John’s.

#84 Comment By intheknow On September 2, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

More baseless rumors.

So secrion one statistician, do you have any 4th qtr stats? Or just your jealous opinion?

#85 Comment By Section One On September 2, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

@ in the know- Let’s move forward…. I will keep a close eye on how Coach K (oh i mean Coach R) is letting her play after the 3rd qt is done and Oss. is up by 20 pts. I would like to make a healthy wager on that one ! It’s all about crushing teams and padding stats…. He won’t change, and you will lose the bet.

#86 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 2, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

Interesting conversation. As someone who attended just about every game last year i can ssycwith certainty that she rarely played in the 4th qtr at all never mind the whole thing. If she did she would have avgd close to 50. Whats a cosch supposed to do not let a kid play in the 2nd half? Sounds like this guys kid didnt get the PT that he wanted her to. Otherwise, why would he care??

#87 Comment By Section One On September 2, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

Ok Coach. Whatever you say. But I’ll be taking notes in the 4th qt this year when it’s Oss.75 and opponent 41 and she is still in.

#88 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On September 2, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

@ Section One, with the schedule Ossining has for the coming season most games should be close going into the 4th quarter.
LASTLY, stop with the Coach Ricci is posting on the blog schtick. He is not on here and I know for a fact that Hsbbfan is not Coach Ricci. Enough.

#89 Comment By hsbbfan On September 3, 2012 @ 6:46 am

I offered to meet SG a couple of times last year. I make the same offer to the guy wth many names today.

#90 Comment By StannerGrad. On September 3, 2012 @ 10:53 am

This might surprise Ohsbbfan and Chief but I completely agree that Coach R and any other coach should be left alone to manage the game however they see fit. They are the ones who spend countless hours with these kids and generally know more than anyone else about what is best for their teams in a given situation. Although I’m generally against blowout wins by any team I wish people would let this particular issue die with regard to Ossining and this particular player.

#91 Comment By balogna On September 3, 2012 @ 10:55 am

Give it up Ricci

#92 Comment By balogna On September 3, 2012 @ 10:56 am

We all know you live on this Blog

#93 Comment By StannerGrad. On September 3, 2012 @ 11:39 am

Curses! Foiled again!!!

#94 Comment By rc hoops On September 3, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

Omg Ricci isn’t on this blog! Give me a break the man lives for recognition,headlines..next you will tell me there is a Santa claus…we all know the man is driven by his ego and I have it on good authority when Josh ran the blog that if someone criticized dear old Dan- he would adk who it was to Josh( unknown if Josh gave him the email addy but I think so)

#95 Comment By SantaClaus On September 3, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

All the Ricci haters seem to be out in full force and it is only September.
Well gotta go and start makin my lists.

#96 Comment By hsbbfan On September 5, 2012 @ 7:30 am

Its one disgruntled guy trust me.

#97 Comment By STOP IT! On September 5, 2012 @ 11:16 am

Enough with the smoke screen about Mr Ricci!! We all are not haters just tired of a man who trying to gain his glory off this young talented lady.Let the truth be told…....YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED!!

#98 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On September 5, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

Dan Ricci has been the coach at Ossining for over 20 years. He has coached hundreds of girls, untold numbers of games at OHS, AAU and Empires. Ossining has gone to Section One final 4 dozens of times and to the state final 4 twice. He has sent many many girls on to play at the next level including D1. Yes Sanya is special player but Ricci’s accomplishments as a coach started long before she put on an Ossining uniform.

#99 Comment By Bballfan3 On September 5, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

To chief wild eagle, your last comment was absolutley correct, very well said!

#100 Comment By Agree w/ ChiefWildEagle On September 5, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

Well said!! Some posters on this blog would have you thinking that Dan is making a living off of this talented young lady. He has enjoyed coaching for many years of his life and i’m sure many years after SC graduates from Oss. Get off his back! As far as SC playing in the 4th quarter, it isn’t as clear cut as some may think. Oss for years has requestedmore difficult schedules to prevent blowouts. Is SC supposed to not see the court because she is too good?? I understand late in the 4th, but what if Oss is up by 20 before half? Should she be penalized for being good?

#101 Comment By Come on Man On September 5, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

*Well said Dan*But we dont buy it…. He enjoys coaching YES…...He enjoys putting himself in the lime light YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES….End of story…....

#102 Comment By StannerGrad. On September 5, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

@ Come On Man, your argument is long past getting tired.
@ Chief and friends, Why continue to humor this guy with a reply? The record speaks for itself.

#103 Comment By Real B Ball Fan On September 5, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

Guys, are you joking. There are certainly other and better coaches in Section 1. Stop drinking the cool aid. Coaching AAU of Empire State team is nothing. Means nothing. Get Real. Look at other programs. Look at other coaches. And by the way, I think the other coaches have a better track record of kids successful in life and attending great colleges.

#104 Comment By hsbbfan On September 6, 2012 @ 12:07 am

Stop changing your name with every post

#105 Comment By JustHeard On September 6, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

Is it true Ms. Hood hurt her knee???

#106 Comment By rc hoops On September 6, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

How bad?

#107 Comment By bball28 On September 6, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

Anyone know who is replacing Morales at kennedy?

#108 Comment By intheknow On September 7, 2012 @ 12:26 am

Hey “Real Fan”, thats a pretty general statement. Any specifics on who the “better coaches” and “better programs” are? And who has this extraordinary record of success with kids in life and in college?

#109 Comment By Question On September 8, 2012 @ 12:03 am

Any word on. M.hood?

#110 Comment By rumor mill On September 11, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

I heard that John Reilly checked himself into a mental rehab as well.

Any news on that?

#111 Comment By bball28 On September 11, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

Anyone heard who Girls varsity coach will be @ Kennedy?

#112 Comment By amused On September 11, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

Mt. Vernon has sent more girls to college to play basketball, and they graduate.

#113 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 13, 2012 @ 7:39 am

Really? How many? And how many in the last 10 years?

#114 Comment By amused On September 13, 2012 @ 9:57 am

Browne/Columbia Moore/Fairfield Duncan/Lasalle Mercer/UMES. Presently in school are Palmer/WVU Stewart/UMES King/Hampton Watson/Monroe Next yr Gordon/WVU their might be a few more that I do not know about but I can only go back to 05, you can fact check to see if I’m correct but I think it’s right.

#115 Comment By what On September 14, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

@some of your schools are 2 yr community colleges right…not 4 year

#116 Comment By amused On September 14, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

just one Monroe

#117 Comment By rc hoops On September 14, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

Monroe is a pretty solid 2 yr school…they make it far in the njcaa tournament every year

#118 Comment By amused On September 14, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

Come on, we are not talking about Ivies or Emory, Tufts, Stanford, MIT, Middlebury, Amherst, Chicago, Bowdoin, Rochester, Vassar, Hamilton, Wash U, Colby or any other elite university

Two year colleges are a joke.

So lets not get or high and mighty

#119 Comment By rc hoops On September 15, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

Ok so a kid who did poorly in hs and is trying to redeem himself/herself by getting there gpa up to finish at a 4 yr school is a joke? Wasn’t getting high and mighty but going to Monroe to get grades up while playing high quality basketball is a joke..amused you crack me up…btw have noony in this race just commenting

#120 Comment By amused On September 15, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

I have to apologize to all the young ladies from MV for making a statement about them, I knew I made a mistake when I commented on how they send kids to school on this blog. People are so negative on here it’s unbelieveable, this blog should change its format and no longer be about sports it should talk about the top academic colleges maybe that will end all the negative stuff on here.

#121 Comment By amused On September 15, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

And another thing the difference between this blog and Varsity Insider is the people on there are sports fans, and the people on here are parents. SAD SAD SAD!!!!!!!!

#122 Comment By intheknow On September 16, 2012 @ 12:14 am

And you are?

#123 Comment By College Ball On September 16, 2012 @ 7:41 am

I do not think folks are being negative but trying to be real. Applaud the MV girls, sure. But really recognize and applaud those girls who do both academics and basketball.

To play basketball at the ivies or emory, tufts, chicago, wash u, bowdoin, middlebury amherst or any other academic school is truly remarkable.

#124 Comment By same garbage parents On September 16, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

This topic is sooo play out.You dumb ass just be happy the kids make it to college.Stop this ivie bullshit. Could this be the tufts,amherst parents at it again.MV very proud of these young women.

#125 Comment By Westchester On September 17, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

I heard Dan Ricci is going to UCONN if Chong goes there , Danny leave the kid alone and strart your family.

#126 Comment By bballban3 On September 17, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

At Westchester, If Coach Ricci were to stop coaching HS sports as you speculated the what would all you losers do? Without him to write about this blog would not exsist!

#127 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On September 17, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

Westchester you are a pathetic waste of flesh.

#128 Comment By intheknow On September 17, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

Is that that Bernardo guy again?

#129 Comment By The Truth On September 18, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

I have an inside informant. Ricci is taking over for Geno at UConn and Bernadro is gonna coach Ossining. Chong committed to The Culinary and Hunter was drafted by the Pheonix Suns. There u have it.

#130 Comment By Question On September 18, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

Ricci is taking over for willy wonka cause he is the head oompa loompa…lol….stop the insanity…lol

#131 Comment By westchester1 On September 20, 2012 @ 10:20 am

Hey I believe if your kid can get into a good college, no matter where it is, its great.. My kid plays for coach luck who was with the hoopers and she is getting some serious D1 looks and some great D3 looks. Hs coaches should just allow aau to run its course and support the kids during the summer..Ricci loves to coach as well as the lime light, WE GET IT!!!! Who cares, for him to take his whole winter and summer and travel with these kids is commendable..John Reilly can be a maniac also but again they do a bunch of traveling with these kids which other coaches wont do..

#132 Comment By rc hoops On September 20, 2012 @ 11:05 am

Is lucky back w/ the hoopers?

#133 Comment By intheknow On September 20, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

Very true. Also, how many AAU or HS coaches do you see actually going on college visits with kids? I remember how hard it was to even get my kids coach to send a film out.

#134 Comment By westchester1 On September 20, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

Hahahahaha @intheknow yea remember when it was like pulling teeth for film.. Thank God for youtube.. and no coach luck coaches for new heights top team… some of those girls have a bunch of offers on the table, he is doing a great job with the them..

#135 Comment By rc hoops On September 21, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

Luck is the bomb! He is a riot! Will push the girls and doesn’t care who you are.one time a section 1 superstar was having a bad tournament and benched said superstar. Wasn’t afraid of the repurcussions and did what was best for the TEAM! She learned a valuable lesson( she wasn’t happy and had a discussion w/ higher ups but they backed luck) I loved coaching versus him!

#136 Comment By intheknow On September 22, 2012 @ 7:35 am

Word is that UCONN Head Coach is going to Oss this morning to watch SC play volleyball. Sounds like he is still quite interested in her.

#137 Comment By intheknowpleasegetalife On September 22, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

y – a – w – n

#138 Comment By bballban3 On September 22, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

Yes UCONN head coach and his assistant were at the Ossining VB game this morning, just quietly watching SC play, heard they had a nice meeting after the game. Choose wisely Saniya and best of luck to you.

#139 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 23, 2012 @ 12:10 am

Question for the person who is bored with it all. Why log onto this blog at all and as often as you do if you really dont care? You seem to care quite a bit. A bit too much i think.

#140 Comment By hoopsterNY On September 24, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

anyone out there with insight into new coaches for the upcoming season????

#141 Comment By Changes On September 26, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

Destiny Walker moving to Virginia this week

#142 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On September 26, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

Any truth to Changes above?

#143 Comment By Changes On September 26, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

Unfortunately yes- moves in 2 days-

#144 Comment By intheknow On September 26, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

I heard her mom got a job down there. Not BB related. What a shame. Shes a great kid and a damn good player.

#145 Comment By Changes On September 26, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

She will be missed- sad for her teammates

#146 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 26, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

Indeed. I was so looking forward to this season. She is an integral part of that team. Star in the making.

#147 Comment By Changes On September 26, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

And a wonderful young woman- her star will still shine bright where ever she plays

#148 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 26, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

Yes, I hope it works out for her. She had a very stable support system here. Perfect path to a great education and a life of opportunity.

#149 Comment By Changes On September 27, 2012 @ 8:31 am

Hsbbfan- good point about support system- i hope she has the same opportunity and guidance at her new school

#150 Comment By O Point On September 27, 2012 @ 9:55 am

Without Walker is Ossining now beatable. Can Irvington or Hamilton take on Ossining. Will they still be projected best in their class. Anyone have a view.

#151 Comment By rc hoops On September 27, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

Don’t forget Ossining is also losing Espinoza-Hunter to CTK…they will have a solid team(ricci will have them prepared and he’s got Section 1s best player) but going into states they will be tested

#152 Comment By rc hoops On September 27, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

Irvington returns Lai,Martins,and some others so I think Irvington can keep up w/ Ossining but don’t know about Hamilton? Someone said Mia Hood hurt her knee…if she’s out-Hamilton has no shot..if she’s not then Hamilton has a small shot…still think Ossining will win the gold ball

#153 Comment By bballban3 On September 27, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

I’m very sad to hear that Destiny is moving, I have enjoyed watching her play she has developed into a great basketball player. It’s a big loss for the pride, huge loss—-I just hope she does well in her new school and she has the same support and guidance given to her in Ossining

#154 Comment By hsbbfan On September 27, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

It definitely will affect them in States but I don’t think they’ll have much trouble in Section. But they did go out and book a very difficult sched to get the team ready for States and get the younger girls more exposure. i really hope her mom thought this through because this was an awesome environment for D to strive both athletically as well as academically.

#155 Comment By @hsbbfan On September 28, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

What is mom supposed to do if it’s what her career and livlehood that depends on the move?..and the support system she has in place starts at home! No? Let’s not give the school and coach all the credit( yes Ossining and Ricci are good..but not the end all..and don’t go off and start your rhetoric that if we say something about Ossining we are haters/not a hater here)... Cream always rises to top!

#156 Comment By @hsbbfan On September 28, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

Who do you think Ossining will miss more. Walker or Hunter.

#157 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On September 28, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

Hunter is not going anywhere, what a bunch of knuckleheads.

#158 Comment By @chief knucklehead On September 28, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

Wasn’t it reported that she was going to CTK? So before you get all high and mighty mr chief – that’s what was reported here..just was saying based on what was said here..so step off

#159 Comment By @chief knucklehead On September 28, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

Ok she goes in fall 2013.. Just reread the august 14 th post from hoopers choice ( so according to that I am wrong for saying she was leaving now and you were wrong for saying she’s not going anywhere) forgot she was 7 th grader last year thought she was 8 th

#160 Comment By Hsbbfan On September 28, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

Chief is correct. She is not going anywhere at this point. You never know what parents will do, but at this point I have it from an impeachable source that they plan to keep her in O for complete exp.

To answer your other question, at this point Destiny. They are both gifted players but play very different gsmes. D gave O inside offense and very good D. A more of an outside shooter at this point. But a very talented one at that.

Destiny will be heard to replace. It was her team next year. I really hope it works out for her. She had a great environment here. Very stable .

#161 Comment By ChiefWildEagle On September 28, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

@@, Do you always believe everything you read?
On a blog no less.
Here’s another one for you; the US economy is doing well. Solar power will replace Indian Point.
Construction of the new Tappen Zee Bridge will start October, 2012. Had enough? Gullible Putz.

#162 Comment By intheknow On September 29, 2012 @ 7:12 am

Good points

#163 Comment By @chief knucklehead On September 29, 2012 @ 8:38 am

Your the reason this blog is a joke calling people names all the time! Theonly name I like being called is that sweet one your mom used to whisper in my ear not put. Good day

#164 Comment By really On September 29, 2012 @ 9:14 am

arrogant to be commenting and giving opinions on a kid’s support system on here/especially when the person commenting on academics doesn’t know what impeachable means/yes, irvington will be able to take oss now/think they beat oss in scrimmages last year

#165 Comment By hsbbfan On September 30, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

Really? I think they played a real game and lost by 25+.

Regarding the comments on support system it is true that many, myself included, are aware of the support that this particulary kid got or did not get at home and in school. You may not like it but it was no secret and some just want to see her have the best chance to succeed in basketball, academics and life. I dont see anything wrong that.

#166 Comment By @chief knucklehead On September 30, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

So you are saying mom hasn’t had her best interests??? Still drinking the cool-aid. Or maybe you may be the master mixing the cool-aid?...hmmmmmmm

#167 Comment By intheknow On October 1, 2012 @ 12:05 am

Doesn’t appear mom even considered her best interest or would have known the difference if she had. Are you familiar with this specific family situation? I speak from first hand knowledge so I know from what I’m saying. You?

Its no secret among those of us around the team so I dont know who you are or where youre getting your info but youre definitely not, intheknow.

#168 Comment By really On October 1, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

All of you guys are crazy, you dont stay in one place just to play basketball, mother got offered a good job with health insureance and plus she hated playing for Coach Ricci and even wanted to quit last year. Mike S./hSBBFAN

#169 Comment By intheknow On October 1, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

It wasnt “just to play basketball” trust me. Funny that she ddnt want to paybfor coach. My kid says she was very upset about being uprooted and having to leave. Not sure where your getting your info.

#170 Comment By Question On October 1, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

Omg…move onto something else, That matters,

#171 Comment By hilarious On October 2, 2012 @ 1:06 am

how many names do u have on here, coach???? u do know that IP addresses can be traced, right? hey everyone—- walker will be just fine, trust me. even without her amazing support system, world class coach, top notch ossining schooling – she will survive. And I agree that irv will be able to take oss this year do they play each other???

#172 Comment By hsbbfan On October 2, 2012 @ 7:48 am

Talk about changing names? You never use the same name. Not sure who you or what your interest in Oss basketball is but you sure are locked on.

And “Question”, why dont you give us something that matters that we can discuss on a girls HS basketball blog besides girls HS basketball?

#173 Comment By intheknow On October 2, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

Does the guy who knows so much about D know where she is enrolled in school so we an follow her progress and career?

#174 Comment By JR wunderba On October 7, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

1 month to the craziness starts

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#176 Comment By Books On October 12, 2012 @ 1:56 pm





#177 Comment By hsbbfan On October 12, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

Hope she’s got some height.

#178 Comment By @books On October 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

Little perspective before u go beating your chest and order your state championship ring. A) it’s class D – not like a lot of competition..besides Hamilton and a few section 9 teams the rest of class D in NyS is a little light. B) didn’t mia get hurt?

#179 Comment By hsbbfan On October 12, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

On a more important note, I heard Ms. Chong is on her final official visit this weekend and should be making her decision very soon. Good luck to her.

#180 Comment By Game Changer On October 12, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

Wow, Books you should be so proud. A public school plays the rules and keeps bringing in transfers. Not the way public school basketball is suppose to be. Certainly, not what it is about. In fact, if I was an administrator, teacher or coach at Hamilton, I would be embarrased. Last year Hamilton plays the rules and brings in 2 or 3 girls. Doing it now again this year. I hope Section officials or New York State investigates Hamilton.

Since you know so much. Where was this girl before. Is she living in the school district now. Is it legite. Or am I wrong.

#181 Comment By @hsbbfan On October 12, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

Some of us on her admire this young lady,and wish her the best…if you hear where she is going give us a shout out…hope she is happy wherever she endsbup and gets a good education

#182 Comment By hsbbfan On October 12, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

I think it’s down to Louisville and Uconn. She should decided in a day or so. I hope it’s Uconn for my own selfish reasons.

#183 Comment By Books On October 12, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

Transfers are allowed

Not our fault we get transfers

Everybody loves a winner, so they wanna play at Hamilton!!!!!!

Last year she killed it at SacredHeart in Catholic League

She wil put up 25 points/game

#184 Comment By north county 24 On October 12, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

If it is Conn U, I hope she isn’t transferring out of the school in a year or two for lack of playing time. I like Ms. Chong and I like Gino and Conn U but I believe it is a risky proposition for anyone to go there as playing time is not a sure thing.

#185 Comment By hsbbfan On October 12, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

I agree but you’re not guaranteed playing time anywhere. UCONN has seen her play many times and I understand that they are really pursuing her. They are only bringing in two recruits next year if she accepts and are graduating 3 out of 11.

#186 Comment By Huh? On October 12, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

I’m sure people moving into Hamilton for that stellar education.

#187 Comment By bball fan On October 13, 2012 @ 9:23 am

According to Msgvarsity, Saniya Chong has verbaled at Uconn.

#188 Comment By bballfan3 On October 13, 2012 @ 9:50 am

Yes Saniya did comitt to UCONN, this is awesome for her and her fans

#189 Comment By hsbbfan On October 13, 2012 @ 11:40 am

UCONN it is. Congrats Saniya and best of luck to you.

#190 Comment By Mountie Hoops On October 13, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

Congrats saniya!

#191 Comment By MassTransit On October 13, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

On a more important note, I just caught up with this thread and you OSSholes who are so in the know about players personal lives should know better to speak of it in a public forum. Dysfunctional FRACKS puffing out chests because.. Why? Next you’ll be cursing out players mistakes from the stands. Get a grip.

#192 Comment By SportsJunlkie On October 18, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

Hey GameChanger & Huh,

Sounds like y’all dislike success? Just curious!! I can tell you those girls at Hamilton do the honor thing over there…and if you feel a need to investigate add all the schools in section 1 to the list, LOL…that C school be balling beating up on AA, A, B, & C schools…I was a witness and love the way they play and pushed academically…appreciate, don’t hate!!!

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