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  • She needed a little extra time, but Jasmine Ennabe set the New York state record for softball strikeouts in a game when she fanned 28 Saturday in a 5-4 win over Brewster that took 13 innings.

    According to, the senior from Carmel (N.Y.) bested the mark of 27 set last year by Chelsea Hawkins of Wading River (Shoreham), and doing so with a strike zone she said didn't favor low pitches.

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    "Hitting the outside corner for me kept a lot of people off balance," Ennabe told the newspaper. "My movement was pretty spot on. The ump wasn't giving me as much as I would like. I think I worked around it."

    Neither team scored until international tiebreaker rules were enacted in the 10th inning, putting a runner on second to begin each inning.

    "I honestly can't believe it," Ennabe added. "It hasn't hit me yet. It's amazing."

    Twenty-eight may sound like a large number of strikeouts, but in the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, it's nowhere close. Part of that reason is that for the category of most strikeouts in a game longer than seven innings, there are some lengthy marathons in there. The national record is 61 strikeouts, set by Alicia Hollowell of Fairfield (Calif.) in a 30-inning game in 2001 that spanned over two days.
  • Photo by Jim Stout

    Coach Matt Plitnick will bring his Columbine (Colo.) boys lacrosse team to Newtown, Conn., on Thursday for a memorial service. Columbine is on a three-game tour of the New York-Metropolitan area, one which opened this morning at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    If any school can relate somewhat to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., it's probably Columbine (Littleton, Colo.).

    The suburban Denver high school, which endured a deadly school shooting in 1999, is presently on a three-game boys lacrosse trip to the New York City area, and will spend some time visiting nearby Newtown, site of the recent horrific school shooting that left 20 students dead.

    According to Mike Dougherty of The Journal News, the trip was already in the works when the shooting at Sandy Hook, Conn. took place in December.

    Columbine opened its tour with a game against Yorktown at West Point on Wednesday before taking on John Jay and Fordham Prep on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

    Tonight, teachers from Sandy Hook will be preparing dinner for Columbine at its Danbury, Conn., hotel, and members of the community will present the team with ribbons to wear during pregame warm-ups.

    "It actually was brought up that having them do something for us would benefit them more than us doing it for them, which at first doesn't make sense, but really it does," Columbine head coach Matt Plitnick told MaxPreps.

    Columbine will then join the Newtown community on Thursday for a short prayer before its game against John Jay in Cross River, N.Y. The trip concludes in the Bronx on Saturday with the Fordham Prep game.

    "Being from Columbine, we received a tremendous amount of support after our tragedy and if we can show that a community can rise up and become stronger, then we are happy to help," Plitnick said. "This is something we are very passionate about."
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    Saniya Chong, Ossining

    University of Connecticut recruit Saniya Chong became New York's single-season scoring leader with a 34-point output on Saturday as Ossining (N.Y.) defeated Gates Chili (Rochester) 86-69 for its first Class AA state championship in girls basketball.

    The 5-foot-9 guard now has 902 points as a senior, eclipsing the record of 892 set by Caryn Schoff in the 1994-95 season. She also has 2.962 career points - No. 4 in state history - and has one final chance to add to her totals next Saturday when Ossining plays for the Federation title in Albany.

    The New York Gatorade Player of the Year received high praise from her coach, Dan Ricci, who told that she "is the best. She's not a cocky kid. She just brushes it off. It's not about her. It's about the team."

    Chong deserves extra credit for sparking a very young team to a 22-4 record, with all four losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents, according to

    Backing her up with 14 points each were sophomore Jalay Knowles and eighth grader Andra Espinoza-Hunter.
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    Khalil Edney hit the shot of a lifetime against Mount Vernon.

    Is this the greatest ending in the history of high school basketball?

    It just might be.

    Two outstanding teams, a packed gym, an unreal shot and an amazing announcer's call.

    Check out the wild finish to the showdown between New Rochelle (N.Y.) and Mt. Vernon (N.Y.) below, in which Khalil Edney of New Rochelle clinches a Section 1 Class AA title.

    Check out the full replay on the game on MSGVarsity.

  • The Harlem Shake is alive and well but it has apparently ended the hockey season of Nyack/Tappan Zee (Upper Nyack, N.Y.)

    Like hundreds of high school teams throughout the country — see our favorite high school sports team Harlem Shake videos — the Indians did their rendition of the popular video, but theirs was a little too risqué.

    So much so the 11-7-1 squad forfeited their Section 1 playoff spot, according to the Journal News. Nyack/Tappen Zee administrators and coaches have yet to comment on why, but several players tweeted out that the inappropriate video – "borderline inappropriate," tweeted out Corey Aronson — was the reason the team had to step down.

    What made it inappropriate? Difficult to say since it was taken off line, but several of the players were scantily dressed, including one who reportedly was wearing a single sock. And it wasn't on either foot.

    Here is a sweeter version of the Harlem Shake presented by a youth hockey team:

    Here is a truly offensive hockey video involving a sock that was discovered by MaxPreps Media Manager Jim Stout, a former NHL beat writer. This one features Hall of Fame performer Phil Esposito performing his era's Harlem Shake: "The Hockey Sock Rock." Beware, this is not for the weak of stomach. We're a little surprised Esposito did not face disciplinary action for this.

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    Saniya Chong, Ossining

    Saniya Chong won't soon forget this past week.

    The 5-foot-9 senior guard from Ossining (N.Y.) set a new state career record with 280 3-point baskets. She also broke the Section I career scoring record - which had stood since 1987 -  while scoring 40 points during a 89-56 victory over Blind Brook (Rye Brook, N.Y.). She now has 2,664 points. Her 500th career rebound was another impressive milestone.

    The University of Connecticut recruit was rewarded with a berth in the prestigious Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-America Game, which will include the nation's top 20 seniors, on April 6 in New Orleans, La.

    Chong told, "I would say this is by far the best week ever with so many accomplishments. Things are just getting better."

    *Kentucky's highest scorer this year is a freshman girl, according to Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  He reports that 5-8 Whitney Creech of tiny Jenkins (Ky.) is averaging 31.4 points and already has 1,770 career points. That includes a big 52-point game during which she was held scoreless in the first quarter, but helped her team overcome a 20-point deficit to post a 72-67 win. She's shot over 200 free throws due to her ability to penetrate defenses.

    Jenkins coach Ashley Addington told Fields, "I was expecting great things from Whitney this season, but what she's doing is beyond that. She's as smooth a ballplayer as I've ever seen. It's weird to say, but she plays like a boy."

    "Junior Taylor Enlow pulled down a school-record 32 rebounds as Paris (Ky.) defeated Riverside Christian (Lost Creek, Ky.). The record of 26 had stood since 1990.

    *Georgia Tech recruit Kaela Davis has quit the Buford (Ga.) basketball team, according to the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The 6-2 senior, ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation by one recruiting service, had played on state championship teams at two different high schools and averaged 18.5 points as a junior. She is the daughter of former NBA player Antonio Davis.
  • One of the most prolific scorers and offensive weapons in high school girls basketball has committed to UConn.

    Saniya Chong, a tremendously skilled and savvy 5-foot-9 guard from Ossining (N.Y.), told UConn coach Geno Auriemma Saturday she had made up her mind.

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    Saniya Chong, Ossining

    Chong had also visited Ohio State and Louisville and considered Maryland before picking the Huskies. She told The Journal News she was excited, relieved and happy.

    "All the colleges, basically every college has the same concept," she told the newspaper. "But UConn, I just really fell in love with it – the players, the campus, how close it is to home, the staff, the coach."

    Chong was ninth in the country in scoring last season at 33.3 per game. Of her 277 baskets, 100 were on 3-point makes and she made 78 percent on free throws.

    She's far from just a shooter, however, and is probably a better penetrator and distributor. She averaged 9.7 assists per game to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game.

    Chong has scored 2,060 points in her career and Ossining is 61-9 in that time.
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    Saniya Chong

    Ossining (N.Y.) standout Saniya Chong certainly knows how to make an impression in front of the nation's top college basketball coaches.

    As reported by The Journal News, Chong averaged 40 points in six games while playing for her club team – the Hudson River Breeze - at the Blue Chip USA Invitational this past weekend.

    The newspaper reported Chong scored 53 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as UConn coach Geno Auriemma looked on during one of the games. This past season, the 5-foot-9 point guard averaged more than 33 points, 9.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 5 steals in leading Ossining to a 23-1 record.

    She reportedly has Louisville, Maryland, Ohio State and UConn on her short list of schools.

    "I told her wherever she goes, she can't make a bad decision — they're all four great schools," Ossining and Hudson River Breeze coach Dan Ricci told the newspaper.

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    Kelci Smesko (26) of Ridgewood, N.J. scored five goals for the South team in the 7th annual Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic on Saturday.

    Nearly 90 of the nation's top boys and girls lacrosse players descended upon Towson University on Saturday, and it was a pair of local products who made the most impact at the 7th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

    Taylor Cummings of McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) and Gordie Koerber of Gilman (Baltimore) were selected the MVPs of the girls and boys games, respectively, in leading their South teams to victory. Each game featured 44 senior All-Americans who were selected by Inside Lacrosse magazine. All have signed to play at Division I programs this fall.

    Cummings, a midfielder who will play at Maryland, turned in a record-setting performance with eight points overall (five goals, three assists) in a 25-13 win for the South over the North squad. The 25 goals also were a record for the showcase, breaking the previous total of 17.

    "It was just really a team effort," Cummings told The Baltimore Sun. "Girls were moving for each other. We were passing when they were open and I think we worked really well as a team, which is why everyone was so successful."

    In addition to Cummings, attacker Kelci Smesko of Ridgewood (N.J.) broke the record for goals scored with five, while McDonogh's Corinne Etchison set the event mark with five assists. She also had three goals. Katrina Geiger of Haverford School (Pa.) added three goals and an assist.

    The North team was led by Samantha Tracy of Fox Lane (Bedford, N.Y.), who had two goals.

    Complete girls box score

    On the boys side, Koerber scored a game-best three goals to pace his squad to a 12-11 win. Koerber, who has signed with Denver, received help from Deemer Class (Loyola Blakefield (Towson, Md.)) and Calvert Hall (Baltimore) standouts Kelton Black and Ryan Brown. Each added two goals.

    "It was a good ending to my high school career but there's so many guys around me helping me tonight," Koerber told the newspaper.

    Devin Dwyer (Garden City (N.Y.), Jake Froccaro (Port Washington (N.Y.) and Mikey Morris (Salisbury School (Conn.) each scored two goals for the North team.

    Complete boys box score
  • All no-hitters deserve recognition because they are one of the hallowed accomplishments in baseball.

    There are some that stand out over others, though, and Schuyler Bates of Kennedy Catholic (Somers, N.Y.) had one of those efforts Thursday. In tossing a no-hitter in a 5-0 win against Panas (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Bates needed only 62 pitches to get the job done.

    As reported by, Bates nearly had a perfect game. The only blemish on the second no-hitter in Gaels program history was a fifth-inning infield error. An ensuing double play took care of that.