My research on the Class AA and C boys basketball final fours for my preview story in Friday's paper took me quite a few places.
Here's the link-by-link rundown:
* the New York State Sportswriters Association, which includes the state polls, brackets, past champions and more.
* nysbasketball.net is a fine resource of schedules and year-by-year account of championship games as well as a link to the Glens Falls site for travelers. Notably, this site no longer includes the same kind of useful information on next weekend's Federation tournament -- ostensibly due to the tournament moving from Glens Falls to Albany. I didn't find a similar site currently up regarding the Fed tournament -- a small but significant example of how Glens Falls deserves to host both tournaments because of the way the city, community and local media (notably The Post-Star) treat them as major events.
* Speaking of the Post-Star, poststar.com will have a ton of information about the tournament leading up to and throughout the weekend. It will have extensive previews on each class, something that is a must-buy for those going to the arena on Friday -- actually, there is usually a table inside staffed by Post-Star workers where they give the paper away for free.
* Albany CBA's schedule on MaxPreps.
* Albany's Times-Union has a feature on sharpshooting junior Joe Krong.
* I didn't do an incredible amount of research on this one, but the google search page for "Galal Cancer," the Brothers' senior standout headed to Cornell, includes a ton of info.
* The Times-Union on the Brothers' close call against Albany High in the Section II final.
* The Times-Union on the Brothers' NOT close call in the regional rout of Henninger.
* The Journal News on Mount Vernon's return to the final four.
* The Journal News has a cool capsule on the other semifinal of Vernon vs. Half Hollow Hills West.
Note: HHH West's game stories on newsday.com are not available to nonsubscribers.
* Here's an apparent site trying to compete: the Long Island Report has a, umm.., report on HHH West's Long Island overtime title win, in which Tavon Sledge scored 42 points.
* I-Prep's web page has outstanding info about the team, including coaching bios and stats.
Note: Friends Academy's game stories on newsday.com are not available to nonsubscribers.
* Friends Academy's MaxPreps page.
* The Friends Academy site tells you plenty about the private school and its athletic page has a photo slide show. At the bottom are links to brief wrapups about the team's recent wins, including a short story on the regional win which identifies one of the players' hometowns. Public schools don't have to worry about that sort of thing :-).
* Speaking of the public/private thing, here's my blog on my take on Friends Academy competing in Class C when their soccer team was about to play Holland in the 2009 state semifinals. I recall getting a very nasty email from Strong Island after that one.
* Here's the Section VIII playoff schedule -- the Class C boys basketball playoffs begin with the Long Island overall championship. In contrast, I-Prep earned byes to the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class C playoffs, then won three times to win the section before winning a regional game to earn a trip to Glens Falls.
* Syracuse.com's Syracuse Academy of Science home page.
* Some quality capsule info on Syracuse Science is in a regional preview capsule by the Ithaca Journal, including that the Atoms feature 6-foot-7 Turkish exchange student Ahmet Tunali.
* A cool story by Syracuse.com with some great background on Syracuse Science -- it was written last season as they got their program turned around.
* Venerable state sportswriting guru and Post-Standard scribe Neil Kerr has a breakdown of Section III's teams in the state final four, topped off with Syracuse Science's key players, at Syracuse.com.
* The Section III home page for boys hoops has a link to the section's classifications -- Syracuse Science moved up to a C this year; it's enrollment number made the cut by just four students.
* The school page for Syracuse Science includes basic info and a cool-looking logo with their Atom mascot.
* Greenwich's school page for its team includes a nice roundup of stories on the team's success thus far.