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Scholastic Roundup: Caitlin move over, here comes Tionna

February 23, 2024 Andy Furman
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Move over Caitlin Clark –here comes Tionna Davis.

Clark, a six-foot senior guard who plays for the University of Iowa not only set a school record scoring 49 points last Thursday against Michigan —she set the NCAA career scoring mark with 3,569 points in the process.

But Davis, a freshman at Kingsborough Community College, is also making noise on the basketball court.

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She’s averaging 20.9 points-per-game for The Wave; her field-goal percentage is a whopping 49.7 percent and she poured in 39 points against Monroe College on 13-for-19 shooting, earlier this month.

The Wave won that contest 75-70, and the grad of Brooklyn’s School for Human Rights was also 13-for-19 from the free-throw line.

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Jayden Vega, a Lincoln High product, is averaging over 17 points-per-game for The Wave, and she torched Monroe College for 30 back in January.

Kingsborough has won 15 of their 21 games this season – 7-2 in conference play and the NJCAA is next.

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South Shore High’s Kadary Richmond is the leading scorer on Seton Hall’s 17-9, 9-5 (Big East) Pirates basketball team. He hit for 18 in last Sunday’s 68-62 win over St. John’s.

Against Xavier earlier this month his stat line read 20 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds in an 88-70 victory.
He was named All-Big East Second Team a year ago. In 2019 he was named New York City Public School Player of the Year.

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Nazareth Regional High’s boys basketball team is the MaxPrep sixth-ranked team in New York State this week. Archbishop Stepinac from White Plains is first; followed by St. Raymond’s of The Bronx and Christ the King from Middle Villlage.

Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Country Day School came in at 24th this week.

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Wendell Fevrine, New Utrecht football coach, reports his Akil Cameron had five Division I offers and settled on St. Francis University, Penna. Afif Hazim had seven offers from Division II the coach notes, and he’ll be off to Southern Connecticut University.

Fevrine says Thomas Perotta is going to Western Connecticut.

The Honan twins – Dylan and Tyler – are still “undecided” on their college choice, Fevrine says. “They want to play football and baseball in college,” he said. “They’re choosing between St. Thomas Aquinas, Western Connecticut, Alfred and Thomas More University. They’ll most likely decide during the baseball season.”

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On April 13th, the PAL will be holding a Football, Leadership and Nutrition Clinic. The clinic will empower young athletes through a comprehensive approach to development, instilling essential life skills, fostering leadership qualities, and promoting optimal health through innovative football training, leadership workshops, and nutrition education.

“Our mission is to mold well-rounded individuals who excel not only on the field but also in leadership roles, equipped with a foundation of healthy habits for a successful future,” Fevrine said. To sign up, search the New Utrecht High School website.

Fevrine also notes the Green and White will stage a youth football clinic on the same date – April 13th – and an alumni career day, May 11th.

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The 2024 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships wrapped up Saturday night with Iona University winning the meet’s final race and Michael Faughnan securing his second consecutive MAAC Outstanding Swimmer Award.

The Iona started the day in eighth place, climbed briefly to fourth behind some strong freestyle races.

The men’s race had junior Brian Baldwin (Brooklyn’s Xavier High School) place sixth at 1:51.12.

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Shemar Latty, a 5-10 junior playing basketball at the College of Staten Island is averaging 5.7 points-per-game. He’s a grad of St. Edmund Prep High School.

Latty started his college career at Post University, Waterbury, Conn. The connection – Kurt Manesy, an assistant coach at CSI is a St. Edmund’s alum.

At St. Edmund’s, Latty became the first Eagle to reach the 1,000-point career standard as a junior – and ended up with the school’s all-time scoring record. He was named to the All–New York State team as a senior and was nominated to be a McDonald’s High School All American.

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The 2023-24 season for the St. Joseph’s University, Brooklyn women’s basketball team came to a close Saturday afternoon, falling 78-62 to Mount Saint Mary College at The Hill Center.

In her final collegiate game, Destiny Hart dropped a season-best 30 points to lead all scorers and a trio of Bears in double figures. Mercedes Perez and Kristen Donovan finished with 16 and 14 points respectively.

The Bears conclude the season with marks of 5-20 overall and 4-16 in Skyline Conference play.

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The St. Joseph’s, Brooklyn men’s basketball team concluded their campaign with a 70-53 defeat to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Saturday.

Evan Sirakis and Nick Shlimov (Xaverian High) combined for 15 points in the second half. The Bears went 5-20 overall and 4-11 in the Skyline Conference.

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Despite coming all the way back from a 19-point deficit  in the first half, the Brooklyn College men’s basketball team fell at Hunter College, 61-58 in the quarterfinals of the CUNYAC Championship Tournament, Saturday. The Bulldogs close out their season with a 7-19 overall record.

Stephon McGill finished with a double-double, scoring a team-high 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

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The Medgar Evers College women’s basketball team finalized its 2023-24 campaign Saturday afternoon, falling to the Bearcats of Baruch College in the quarterfinals of the CUNYAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, 65-46.

With the loss, the Cougars closed their campaign at 8-14. Sophomore Sheily Quezada capped her stellar season with a team-high 14 points and nine blocked shots. With those nine blocks, she finished the season with 108 – an average of 4.9 per-game – she’s currently atop NCAA Division III in total blocks and blocks-per-game.

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Senior Patrick O’Gorman scored a game-high 22 points and led four Cannoneers scoring in double figures as the Pratt Institute men’s basketball team wrapped up their regular season with an 81-65 home victory over Five Towns College on Alumni Day and Senior Day Sunday afternoon at the Activities Resource Center.

O’Gorman topped 1,400 points and 300 assists for his career. First-year Cameron Windt finished with 21 points. The win improves the Cannoneer mark to 7-3 on their home floor.

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The LIU men’s lacrosse team erupted for seven goals, all within the game’s opening nine minutes.

And the Sharks went on to defeat Merrimack, 10-8 in Saturday’s home opener at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium.

Tom von Bargen produced a hat trick and Cam Connolly, Mark Regan and Aidan Zuhoski added two goals apiece. Kyle Scandale produced his first collegiate goal. Goalie Jasper Simon made seven saves to earn the win in his collegiate debut.

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected] Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR

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