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  • It takes at least two people to replace a New York legend.

    Photo courtesy of Archbishop Molloy

    The late Jack Curran

    The New York Daily News reported on Friday that Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.) has named Mike McCleary as its head basketball coach and Brad Lyons as its head baseball coach. They replace legendary Jack Curran, who coached both sports at Molloy for 55 years until he died in March at age 82. Both served as interim coaches during Curran's illness.

    According to the National High School Record Book, Curran won 1,154 baseball games (No. 3 all-time) and 968 basketball games (No. 15 all-time) during his storied career. He also sent six players into the NBA.

    McCleary, also the school's athletic director, said he was not involved in the hiring process due to the obvious conflict of interest.

    He told the Daily News, "Losing coach Curran was a tremendous loss to the whole Molloy community. I was very close with him personally, so it was a hard time for me as well. I'm honored to get the chance to take over for him and, hopefully, I'll do it well. He was a tremendous coach and a tremendous mentor of mine."

    Lyons led the Stanners to a 13-4 record during the regular season.
  • Legendary coach Jack Curran is on the mend, he told MaxPreps Saturday.

    Photo courtesy of Archbishop Molloy

    Jack Curran, Archbishop Molloy head coach

    The longtime boys basketball and baseball coach at Archbishop Molloy (Queens, N.Y.) broke his kneecap recently and after a brief hospitalization he is doing rehab work at United Hebrew Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.

    "I slipped on black ice coming out of church one morning," the 82-year-old icon related. "I'm getting better each day. It's a long process, because I can't bend my knee during rehab. I have a brace and I do rehab twice a day. I hope I can get out of here by the end of next week."

    Curran has won over 900 basketball games in his career and is the No. 4 baseball winner in history, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.

    Curran's basketball team has gone 3-1 since his injury, guided by assistant coach/athletic director Mike McCleary.

    Officials had hoped Curran could attend Sunday's playoff game against Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.), but Curran said he's not yet ready.

    "I'd probably have to come in an ambulance and a wheelchair," he said. "I'd probably have more people talking to me and I'd never see the game."

    He promised, though, "I'll be back for baseball. We start practice Monday, but my assistants are good, so they will take care of that. I'll probably miss the first two weeks, but they are good to miss (because of the weather)."
  • Photo by Mike Bouffard

    Ema Boateng

    Ema Boateng has been named Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year as a junior, but he has enough credits to graduate this spring and already has received a scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara.

    The 5-foot-6, 165-pound midfielder paced Cate (Carpinteria, Calif.) to a 20-2-1 record by scoring 32 goals and assisting on 19 others. For the second year in a row he was named Southern Section Division VII Player of the Year.

    The 18-year-old native of Ghana, who has a 3.75 GPA, concluded his outstanding career with 79 goals and 49 assists.