Just to give you an idea of how our coverage is going to move forward in the early stages of the season:
– On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Rockland and Westchester/Putnam preview editions will be available in the print edition of The Journal News and online. We’ll post all of that info here too, which will include a feature on a team from each county, an overview of the top teams, 10 players to watch and capsules about surprise teams.
– The girls basketball notebook will run in the paper every Thursday throughout the season starting December 10th. It’s a nice change of pace from a game story and we can post observations and keep track of the team’s that are making improvements on a weekly basis. I’ve also made it a point in past notebooks to examine what teams are doing off the court – how do they team build, are they involved in charity events etc.
As you know, the season gets underway with a series of tournaments late next week and I’ll keep you posted on which one’s we will be covreing.
On a separate note, I spoke with a few of our area’s new coaches tonight.
Dennis Hurlie takes over in Rye as he formerly coached the Hastings’ boys squad and Yorktown girls team.
Gene Verdino is now coaching at Mahopac and the Somers resident spent many seasons coaching at Queen’s Molloy high.
Lance DeMarzo is the new Kennedy coach after spending time as the Mahopac varsity boys coach.
Michael Castaldo is in his first year as the Brewster coach. He previously coached the Yorktown freshman boys for one season and was a varsity assistant for three seasons.
In terms of player recruitment, there’s some news out of Woodlands. Coach Ty Postell confirmed earlier that two of his players are getting college looks and one is drawing attention from some serious college programs. (Texas, Louisville etc.) I exchanged emails with Postell tonight and as soon as I confirm more details I’ll share them here. This could fortify Woodlands as one of the stronger Class B teams.