Tioga Central girls coach Joe Robinson is on the mend following a week’s hospitalization as result of what athletic director Will Cook described as “stroke-like symptoms.”
Robinson, Tigers varsity coach for 12 seasons across two stints, sought treatment at and was subsequently admitted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre last Monday after experiencing numbness on his left side, Cook said. He was released Sunday.
“To see him now you wouldn’t know anything was wrong. It’s the same old Joe, texting or calling me 10-12 times a day to see what’s going on,” said Cook, who gave no timetable for Robinson’s return to coaching and physical education teaching duties.
In his father’s absence, Josh Robinson has been named interim coach. Josh — who previously coached Tioga’s modified boys — oversaw the Tigers’ game Friday at Elmira Notre Dame. The team’s next game is home Tuesday against Candor.
Tigers get defensive
Union-Endicott’s boys brought a 7-0 record into Monday night’s game against Horseheads, accompanied by a 75.86-per-game scoring average — the latter not entirely unexpected.
“I told the guys from Day 1, we’re going to score. The thing will be, can we defend?” Tigers coach Joe Alger said. “We’re starting to believe in the system that if we defend we can get some transition points and our offense gets clicking a little bit quicker.
“To say I’m surprised with the output on the offensive end? Not really, but to that extent (75-plus)? Yeah, a little bit.
“We’re not going to come out every game and get that, there’ll be games that we’re going to have to win when we’re going to put up only 40, and we’re going to have to win those games. They’re buying into that now and hopefully they continue to buy into that.”
Senior guard C.J. Krowiak continues to lead the team in scoring, with 27.7 points per game through the first seven. He put up 30 or more three games in a five-game stretch through last week’s 20-point win over Elmira.
“Very aggressive,” was how Express coach Ryan Johnson began his description of Krowiak’s game. “When he makes up his mind to get to the hole, he’s going to get to the hole. He’s a tough cover, a very smooth left-handed person, you don’t see too many of those. He gets to the basket at will, but you’ve got to respect the jump shot because he’ll pull up and knock it down.”
M-E finds ‘Want To’
Maine-Endwell bounced back from one of its poorest outings of the season with a sound showing Friday night that brought a 47-31 victory at Binghamton. That came two nights after the Spartans absorbed a turnover-plagued 55-47 loss at Ithaca.
What was present Friday that was lacking Wednesday?
“Want to,” coach Bill Ocker said. “I feel like we didn’t want the (Ithaca) game as much as was necessary to win on the road in this league. We didn’t play tough enough and the game honors toughness. We didn’t play tough enough the other night on the road and then we had to turn around and come back on the road against a good team that’s very well-coached and we wanted to win the game– as evidenced by the effort level.”
The Spartans may have been coached into some of that “want to.”
“We got after it in practice,” Jake Sinicki said of Thursday’s session. “We walked into practice and we have these things we call slides, a drill where you’re basically just sliding — six minutes straight.” …
Senior Kyle Gallagher missed barely a beat despite sustaining dislocated finger midway through the second quarter Friday. He took to the sideline briefly before returning and hitting two free throws and a 3-point goal in a 50-second segment.
“He wouldn’t have come out if we didn’t make him,” Ocker said. “Luckily Doc Wilson was here for quick fix.”
Ahead for M-E is a trip to Elmira on Wednesday to face a hungry Express squad that has dropped five in a row.
“They’ve had a tough stretch. Horseheads beat them and then they played those two national games, then they went to our place and went to U-E,” Ocker said.
Sect. 4 trio makes list
Among nearly 1,000 players from 44 states and the District of Columbia nominated to participate in the McDonald’s All-American Games include a trio of Section 4 girls.
Miranda Drummond of Harpursville, Rachel Merrill of Owego and Mariah Ruff of Oneonta are included on a list of 63 boys and girls from New York schools. Ohio leads the way with 121, followed by Texas (97), Iowa (72) and New York.
Drummond and Ruff are St. Bonaventure University signees, while Merrill has signed to play in college at the University of Vermont. Players were nominated by coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All-American Games selection committee.
The 24 boys and 24 girls chosen to participate in the games — to be played April 2 at Chicago’s United Center — will be revealed during a selection show to be televised Jan. 29 on ESPNU.
Hoops for a cause
Organizers of last month’s Pete Hyde Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic will present a donation of funds raised to the American Cancer Society at halftime of during Tuesday’s girls game at Maine-Endwell pitting the Spartans against Elmira.
The amount of the donation will be revealed at the presentation, but it is the largest in the five-year history of the event. In its first four years, the event — co-hosted by Friends of M-E Girls Basketball and the Johnson City Central School District — contributed over $23,000 to the American Cancer Society.
The fifth edition of the event featured girls varsity and junior varsity teams from 12 schools. Over 300 players and coaches participated and nearly 1,500 fans were in attendance during the two days of the event at Johnson City.
The Kelly O’Day Memorial Award was presented to Maine-Endwell, which raised over $2,000, the largest donation by a participating team. Kelly was a basketball player at Chenango Forks who died of cancer in January 2006 at the age of 16.