Diane Dixon’s HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP

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Boys & Girls High School wins three straight NYC Basketball City Championships.

[Special Alert!!!Because of the support of Congressman Ed Towns and City Councilman Al Vann a free bus for community supporters and fans of the three-time New York City PSAL Boys Basketball Champions will leave Boys and Girls High School at 9:30 on Sunday morning and depart Albany at 7:00 PM.

The Championship game will be played against the Mt. Vernon Knights at 2:30 at the Times Union on Sunday. Please come out and support the Kangaroos. For more info please call 347.426.6889.]

Boys & Girls three-peats to win city basketball titleBed-Stuy’s Boys & Girls High School boys basketball team made history last Saturday in besting East New York’s Thomas Jefferson High School 71-67 to capture their third straight PSAL Class “AA” Division Championship.

Leading the Kangaroos was Rashad Andrews, who came out smoking with 20 points in the first half and shooting 5-of-5 three-pointers for a game-high 26 points.

“We made history today and I know there will someday be a trivia question about Leroy (Truck) Flood, the PSAL Player of the Year, who has been on all three championship teams with me,” said Kangaroo coach Ruth Lovelace. “We stayed aggressive with a team we faced several times. In this game, we were able to hold the lead. We are a team and when Rashad fouled out we just stepped up our game. We were able to rebound and get some good plays. And at the end of the game, all that matters is that you got one more point than the opposition.”

The Boys & Girls Nike Scholar Athlete Award went to Nicholas Jackson with a GPA of 87.5 and the Andrews was named the Nike MVP.

Jefferson was led by its star player Thaddeus Hall, who scored 17 points and was given the Orange Wave’s Nike Sportsmanship Award.

“I’ve known Ruth (Lovelace) for a very long time, and she’s responsible for me coaching here,” said Jefferson coach Lawrence Pollard. “You can add her name to the greats like Duane (Tiny) Morton and Bob Hurley. Now it’s back to community involvement, no days off, classroom and gym.”

Jefferson’s Nike Scholar Athlete Award went to Edward Ogundeko.
Boys & Girls next meets CHSAA winner St. Raymond’s in the New York State Federation Class AA semifinals on Saturday, March 24 at Albany Times Union Center. The winner takes on powerhouse Mount Vernon on Sunday, March 25.

Murry Bergtraum wins PSAL Girls Basketball Class ‘AA’ Division TitleThe Lady Blazers of Murry Bergtraum captured their 14th straight PSAL city title with a 56-48 win over McKee/Staten Island last Saturday.

The team dedicated the win to fallen teammate Tayshana (Chicken) Murphy, who was gunned down last September in a housing project senseless killing.

“I am proud of my team. This is the sweetest as we were able to silence the naysayers and overcome obstacles. We dedicated our season to Tayshana. This is what she wanted,” said Lady Blazers’ Ed Grezinsky.

Shequana Harris, who led the team with 22 points and was named the Nike MVP, ran around the court with a picture of Murphy after the game.

“We did this for her and I know that she was looking down on us and every play I would turn around because she would always be there,” said Harris.

The Lady Blazers play on Sunday, March 25 in the New York State Federation finals against the winner of Nazareth/Cicero-North Syracuse who play on Saturday, March 24 at the Albany Times Union Center.

In other PSAL News
ongratulations to Mimi Yen, a senior at Stuyvesant High School, for winning one of the top three awards in the Intel Science Talent Search. This is a prestigious honor recognizing the country’s top high school seniors who will be tomorrow’s leaders and help address the world’s most pressing issues. We should all aspire to Mimi’s commitment to education and dedication to her community.

Academic Tidbits
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Healthy Tidbits

Aim for balance. Most days, eat from each food group – vegetables and fruits, grain products, milk and alternatives, and meat and alternatives. Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you feel satisfied.

Look for variety. Be adventurous. Choose different foods in each food group. Eating a variety of foods each day will help you get all the nutrients you need.

Practice moderation. Don’t have too much or too little of one thing. All foods, if eaten in moderation, can be part of healthy eating. Even sweets can be okay.

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