Capsule look at Boys Basketball Tourney
(February 12, 2005) — Here's a look at each class:
Top seed: East High. Defending champion: Rush-Henrietta.
Contenders: East, No. 2 Fairport, No. 3 Rush-Henrietta.
Outlook: East and Rush-Henrietta are the clear favorites, but Fairport has
pulled upsets before.
The Red Raiders, who have 6-8 junior Cory Magee as a shot blocker, thrive on
There is more quickness among Fairport's guards than in recent years, but the
Red Raiders failed to shut down Rush-Henrietta during two regular-season
Top seed: Webster Thomas.
Defending champion: Greece Arcadia.
Contenders: Thomas, No. 2 Greece Athena, No. 3 Wilson.
Outlook: This has the potential to be the most competitive large-school
tournament. Thomas is on a 10-game win streak, and has one of the area's best
get-it-done players, in 5-11 junior guard Josh Zenkel (21.1 ppg.). Wilson is
tested, coming from the City-Catholic League.
Who do Athena's opponents concentrate on defensively? Five players have led
the Trojans in scoring during their last five games, including 6-4 senior Nick
Mueller (14.7 ppg.).
Top seed: Geneva. Defending champion: Newark.
Contenders: Geneva, No. 2 Batavia, No. 3 Newark.
Outlook: The Geneva Panthers, with eight players from last season's team, are
hungry to win after losing in the 2004 final. The Batavia Blue Devils know
that type of pain with two final appearances and a semifinal berth the last
They try again with arguably the tournament's top player, 6-3 senior guard
Mike Chmielowiec. A Batavia-Geneva final would be a matchup of similar
Don't be surprised to see No. 5 Marshall make a deep run, if the Jurists
string good efforts together.
Top seed: Palmyra-Macedon.
Defending champion: Bishop Kearney.
Contenders: Palmyra-Macedon, No. 2 Hornell, No. 3 Wellsville and No. 4 Penn
Outlook: Kearney has been the dominant team in this classification for a
decade, but the tournament seems to be more competitive this time around.
Palmyra-Macedon has one of Section V's top scorers, 6-foot junior guard
Anthony Hall (24.0 ppg.). The Red Raiders received a boost from the recent
return of 6-8 sophomore center Chris Milke.
Hornell was eliminated in the second round last season. These Red Raiders hope
to go a little farther with 6-1 senior Nate Smith and 6-6 junior forward Scott
Wellsville, a finalist last season, makes another run with 6-5 senior Jason
Szabo inside and good perimeter shooters.
Top seed: Sodus. Defending champion: Avon.
Contenders: Sodus, No. 2 Byron-Bergen, No. 3 Avon, No. 4 LeRoy.
Outlook: Sodus, the new king of the Wayne County League, is the clear
favorite. The unbeaten Spartans can play an up-tempo style or turn to 6-6
junior center/forward Greg Logins in a half-court game. Robert McDowell, a
league All-Star at guard, plays a big role in helping the team go.
Don't discount the champions from Avon. The Braves get steady play from 6-1
forward Steve Coleman and guard Joey Sattora, both seniors.
Top seed: Campbell-Savona.
Defending champion: Campbell-Savona.
Contenders: Campbell-Savona, No. 2 East Rochester, No. 3 Perry.
Outlook: Now that Campbell-Savona won its first sectional championship, the
Panthers have come right back looking for the school's second title. Bruce
Mourhess, a 5-11 senior swingman and a holdover from last season, was named to
the 2004 all-tournament team.
East Rochester is enjoying its best season in five years as a member of the
Wayne County League. The Bombers' losses both came against unbeaten Sodus.
Perry aims for its fifth title in eight seasons.
Top seed: Red Jacket. Defending champion: Harley-Allendale-Columbia.
Contenders: Red Jacket, No. 2 Lyndonville, No. 3 Bloomfield, No. 4
Outlook: Red Jacket is red hot. The Indians own a 14-game win streak, in large
part because their entire starting lineup came back this season, including
Andy and Rob Platt. The 6-4 twins have spent parts of four seasons at the
Watch out if Bloomfield's John Eshleman, a 6-4 senior forward, or
Clyde-Savannah guard Clarence Jackson get a hot hand. Both can score points in
bunches, but ultimately will need help from teammates for their teams to
Top seed: Elba.
Defending champion: Genesee Valley.
Contenders: Elba and No. 2 Genesee Valley.
Outlook: What does Genesee Valley have in common with the NFL's New England
Patriots? Both are building dynasties. The Jaguars are three-time defending
champions and won this title four of the last five years. The Elba Lancers,
who have won 10 of their last 11 games, seek their first championship in 32
"The community senses that we have a chance to do something special," Elba
coach Joe Zambito said. "Genesee Valley has been awesome for years. We play a
Elba starters Ryan Byrnes (17 ppg.), Lucas Torrey, Kyle Klineline, Ciaci
Zambito and rugged rebounder Tim Maid have led the team in scoring during at
least two games this season.
Top seed: Whitesville.
Defending champion: Whitesville.
Contenders: Whitesville, No. 2 Prattsburgh.
Outlook: Good luck knocking off the Blue Jays, who were state finalists last
season. Point guard Lance Brubaker (14 ppg.) and Zach Coleman (17.5 ppg., 11.5
rpg.), also a standout soccer goalie and baseball pitcher, are a tough
combination to match. Brubaker was on the 2004 all-tournament team.