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Sunday Sports: High School basketball playoffs top 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 on Tuesday night, the St. Lawrence Central Larries boys’ basketball team

The Larries are the 5th seed in the class C 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 the Larries. A team that dealt with injuries throughout the 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 figuring out lineups. I’ve had a different lineup in almost every game that we’ve played. We were missing our top scorer Ayden Beach for the first 7 games, so it’s just been one game after another between injuries, eligibilities, sickness. You never know what you’re going to have until you show up for gametime,” said Reome.

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

“We have had some people out with injury and sickness. Throughout it all we have stuck together, and we really treat it like a family,” said Austin Mason, St. Lawrence Central player.

While the Section 10 playoffs kick off Monday, the Section 3 playoffs are still over a week away despite the Frontier League playoffs wrapping up yesterday.

The seeding and pairing meetings was originally set for Wednesday but was moved back to Saturday, which means some higher seeded teams that earn 1st round byes may not play again for 2 weeks.

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

“That’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 seeding coming out so late it just gives that. Especially teams that have had a full schedule to this point or don’t have a league playoff and their games are done. They’re just kind of waiting and waiting for this bracket to come out,” said Zach Steiner, LaFargeville Girls’ Basketball Coach.

“You know, we’ll have over a week off. We’re going to scrimmage West Canada Valley next Friday. We’re going to go down to Utica to scrimmage them. They moved up to class C and they’re a really good team. We’ll use this time off to rest our bodies, rest our minds a little bit and get ready for hopefully a run into March.” said Jeff Robbins, Sackets Harbor Boys’ Basketball Coach.

The Jefferson Community College basketball community lost a member of their family on Wednesday when men’s and women’s assistant basketball coach Clint Clark passed away under the care of Hospice at age 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 head 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 was always a person to go to. He was very basketball smarts, x’s and o’s. He was just kind of a sounding board in practice. He was inspirational, motivational. He assisted in everything as part of our program. We were pumped to have him part of the program when I came back. We both kind of just said this group can go a long way. We’re kind of using him as motivation to hopefully get to the nationals and hopefully win a regional title for him,” said Wiley.

“Great assistant coach. Boys really respected him. They looked to him for answers when I might be ranting or raving on the sideline. They’d go to him. He was like a father figure to a couple of young men as well. They would talk to him constantly about how they could improve their game or dealing with life situations. He was just a good guy to have around and the kids really enjoyed having him here,” said Vaadi.

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