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Bishop Timon-St. Jude wins Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse title (with video)

Shortly before the team collapsed on itself into a pile. (Keith McShea)

Bishop Timon-St. Jude is up on Nichols, 11-2, in the championship game after taking a 9-1 halftime lead at Paul Fitzpatrick Field. The Tigers were on top of things right from the start as they took a 5-0 first-quarter lead.

Lots going on here -- I've been selling Tom Borrelli Memorial raffle tickets after some great help from the folks here at Timon.

It is 16-4 with five minutes to go -- the running clock mercy rule has been in effect since the final 2:13 of the third quarter. Late goal by Nichols.

We have a FINAL SCORE: Timon 16, Nichols 5.

Senior Luke Mann had six goals, junior Sam Connors had six assists, Chris Kane -- in his return from being suspended -- had three goals and an assist and made plays all over the field.

More to come.

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Here are some highlights:

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And some postgame reaction (my apologies on the off-centered-ness):

---Keith McShea

Borrelli raffle tickets on sale at Saturday's Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse final

I'll be on hand for Saturday's Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse final, where Tom Borrelli Memorial Fund raffle tickets will be on sale.

I'd like to thank Bishop Timon-St. Jude, which is hosting the game at Fitzpatrick Field on Tifft St., for offering to help sell the tickets.

Timon takes on Nichols at 2 p.m. in the final. Sources tell me standout senior Chris Kane will be back on the field after serving a recent suspension.

I wrote about this year's Borrelli fund efforts in a recent Prep Talk column in the paper. Tickets are $5 and are good for daily drawings of $50, $75 or $100 the entire month of July.

---Keith McShea

Nichols seniors set for next year: Canestro to RIT, MacKinnon to USMMA, Vandegriff to Hobart

The destinations for Nichols' boys basketball seniors are set.

All-Western New York second teamer Ron Canestro is headed to the Rochester Institute of Technology to play both basketball and baseball at the Division III school.

All-WNY honorable mention Andy MacKinnon will be playing basketball at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, located in Nassau County, Long Island, on the Long Island Sound. According to his father, Nichols assistant coach Jim MacKinnon, Andy received a "full ride" in equivalent to $210,000 to attend the institution. The Mariners are coming off a season in which they went 23-5, earned their first-ever Landmark Conference Championship, were ranked No. 23 in the national Division III poll, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Connor VanDeGriff will be attending Hobart to play basketball; Akron's Trevor Short and Canisius' Blair Helton are also headed to the Division III program in Geneva.

Of course, two-time Player of the Year Will Regan is headed to Virginia.

Nichols won the Class A state Federation championship this past season, becoming just the second large school from Western New York to win the overall state title.

---Keith McShea

Championship pages conclude with Nichols boys

The final edition of our state championship pages and audio slideshows concludes with the highly impressive feat of the Nichols boys basketball team winning the Class A state Federation title. 

Our page is the headquarters for the state titlists. The pages are available for purchase -- along with tons of other pages and photos -- at

The Clymer girls got us started Monday, followed by the Maple Grove boys on Tuesday and OTC Middle College on Thursday.

The big high school pages keep coming on Saturday with our All-Western New York issue for boys and girls basketball.

The Scholastic Spotlight will spring back into action three days later on Tuesday, April 13.

---Keith McShea

Live from the Federation boys A final: Nichols wins STATE TITLE with 65-43 win over III-Jamesville-Dewitt (with video)


Hello from the Glens Falls Civic Center for the second of two Federation championships today (see preview story and and fact-filled chart -- and other posts here from Friday -- for the details). Here is how Nichols advanced to the final.

After the game, feel free to leave comments below. 

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Videos from the end of the game ... (Nichols let the shot clock expire, which is what the buzzer was for) ...

... and the end of the game, when coach Greg Plumb returned to the bench with the championship plaque ...

... and from the awards ceremony, with the MVP of Class A the final award that was announced.

---Keith McShea

Live from the Federation boys A semifinals: Nichols puts on a show in 85-66 win over AIS-L.I. Lutheran

Hello from the Glens Falls Civic Center for the last of three Federation semifinals today (see preview story and fact-filled chart -- and other posts here from today -- for the details).

After the game, feel free to leave comments below.

---Keith McShea

Who's going to win a Fed title?

As always, let us know why you voted the way you did in the space below.

---Keith McShea

Live from the Catholic A state final: Nichols heads to Glens Falls with 66-62 victory over Stepinac

Hello from the second game of our championship doubleheader at Canisius College.

---Keith McShea

Nichols wins on Long Island, will play at Canisius College next Sunday

Nichols made its trip to Long Island a productive one as it beat Long Island diocese champion St. Mary's, 67-49.

Nichols, which was up, 33-16 at halftime, will play for the state Catholic Class A championship at Canisius College next Sunday, March 14. Nichols will play Stepinac of White Plains at 3 p.m.

St. Mary's will play Salesian of New Rochelle for the Class B title at 1 p.m. at Niagara. Salesian beat Blessed Sacrament on Friday.  

---Keith McShea

More from the Monsignor Martin girls semifinals

Some additional notes and quotes from Tuesday's semifinals at Canisius College, where Sacred Heart beat Nardin, 38-29, and Nichols beat Mount St. Mary, 61-48:

* Sacred Heart will have the definite size advantage Sunday, but if Nichols shoots the way it did Tuesday, the Vikings will be tough to beat in the championship game.

* Congratulations to Mount St. Mary, which reached the semifinals for the first time in school history. Second-year coach Steve Gathers is building a nice program.

* Former Bills GM Tom Donahoe was among those in attendance.

And now, some additional quotes from Tuesday's games:

Sacred Heart sophomore Katie Healy

On the win: "We stayed under control and looked for good passes. We got some good open looks."

On playing varsity with her older sister: "It’s a lot easier. We know how each other’s game goes."

Sacred Heart coach Sister Maria Pares

On how Nichols beat them last game: "They pressed us. That’s exactly what happened to us. We know whoever we’re going to play is going to press us, so we’ll be working on it."

Nardin coach Jackie D'Orazio

On her team's energy level and the use of the full-court press: "In the first half we started slow. We did [use the press] in the beginning of the game, we just weren't getting what we wanted out of it."

Nichols coach Bob Torgalski

On the prospect of facing Sacred Heart a fourth time this season: "I just hope I’m healthy for Sacred Heart so we can give them a good run. They’re big. Sister [Maria Pares] is going to make her adjustments. She’s a smart coach, she’s been doing it for ages."

On how far the team has come: "The kids just hung in there. We talked about where we came from and where we are. Our tallest starter is 5-10."

Nichols senior Siobhan Hanley

On playing Sacred Heart: "They’re always a tough team. They’re really aggressive. I feel like if we play like we did today, we play as a team, we’ll definitely have a shot."

Mount St. Mary coach Steve Gathers

On is team's offensive struggles: "I think the whole night we played timid. The plan was to attack the inside. We were making passes from NBA range instead of attacking and dumping off. They weren’t that deep. They didn’t have as many players after their five starters. The idea was to get them into foul trouble and we didn’t even get near it.

On Hanley's shooting: "We really weren’t expecting her to be the shooter, but they’re all good shooters. I figured in this gym it’s going to be even tougher to hit the big threes. But once you hit one or two and you’re a shooter that’s just the way it happens."

Nichols and Sacred Heart will play at 1 p.m. Sunday for the MMA title at Daemen College.

---Jay Skurski

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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