The high school basketball playoffs dominate the local sports scene

The high school basketball playoffs dominate the local sports scene

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – The Section 10 boys and girls basketball playoffs begin this week with 5 play-in games scheduled for Tuesday night.

One of those teams in action Tuesday night, the St. Louis boys basketball team. Lawrence Central Larris

Larry are the 5th seed in the C grade playoffs and travel to Brushton Moira for a play-in game.

Coach Joe Reome’s team finished the regular season with a 12-8 overall record, tied for 4th place in the East division.

It was an up and down season for Larry. A team that dealt with injuries all season.

But now that the team is at full strength, Reome hopes his team can make a run in the postseason.

“It’s been a wild season for us when it comes to determining lineups. I’ve had a different lineup in almost every game we’ve played. We were without our top scorer Ayden Beach for the first 7 games so it’s been one game after another between injuries, qualifiers, illness. You never know what you’re going to have until you show up at game time,” Reome said.

“We’ve been up and down all season with injuries and stuff like that. I finally came back a few games ago and we’re just trying to get stronger for the playoffs and become a better team. Better together,” said Austin Mason, a St. Lawrence Central.

“We’ve had a few people out with injuries and illness. Through it all, we’ve stuck together, and we treat it like family,” St. Lawrence Central quarterback Austin Mason said.

While the Section 10 playoffs begin Monday, the Section 3 playoffs are still more than a week away, despite the Border League playoffs ending yesterday.

The seeding and pairings were originally scheduled for Wednesday, but were moved back to Saturday, meaning some higher-seeded teams that earn 1st-round byes may not play again for 2 weeks.

Something the coaches are trying to adjust to keep their teams fresh for Sectionals.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for a lot of coaches in this league and in the section just to keep their teams fresh because of the way it’s set up this year. With the seed coming out so late, it just gives it away. Especially teams that have had a full schedule up to this point or have no league playoffs and their games are over. They’re just waiting and waiting for this bracket to come out,” said Zach Steiner, LaFargeville girls basketball coach.

“You know, we’re going to have more than a week off. We’ll be scrimmaging Western Canada Valley next Friday. We’re going down to Utica to catch them. They moved up to Class C and are a really good team. We will use this time off to rest our bodies, give our minds some rest and prepare for a run in March. said Jeff Robbins, Sackets Harbor Boys Basketball Coach.

The Jefferson Community College basketball community lost a member of their family on Wednesday when assistant men’s and women’s basketball coach Clint Clark passed away under Hospice care at the age of 56.

Clark had been on the JCC staff for the past 3 seasons as an assistant with the men under Joe Vaadi and with the women alongside his daughter Marisa and coach Jeff Wiley.

Both coaches say Clark was an integral part of both teams’ success and his loss will leave a huge void on the sidelines.

“Clint has always been a go-to person. He was very smart basketball, x’s and o’s. He was just kind of a sounding board in practice. He was inspiring, motivating. He helped with everything as part of our program. We were encouraged to have that part of the program when I came back. We both just said this group can go a long way. We’re using that as motivation to hopefully go to nationals and hopefully win a regional title for it,” Wiley said.

“Great assistant coach. The boys really respected him. They looked to him for answers when I might throw a tantrum or rage on the sideline. They would go to him. He was like a father figure to some young people as well. They were constantly talking to him about how they could improve their game or deal with life situations. He was just a good guy to be around and the kids really enjoyed having him here,” Vaadi said.

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