When the Los Angeles Lakers were asserting their dominance en route to multiple NBA championships in the early 2000s, everything revolved around Shaquille O’Neal. Whether it was outworking defenders in the post for an easy layup, or snatching up rebounds to put back up or dish to Kobe Bryant or another teammate for an open look on the perimeter, Shaq’s impact on how gameplans unfolded cannot be overstated enough.
After losing his top two scorers from a season ago, John Creighton knows sometimes it’s just as opportune to be lucky as it is good.
Having both opened their doors in the 19th century, Central and Northeast high schools are about as ancient as it gets when it comes to fierce athletic rivals.
Keishla Gilmore does so much for her school that she lost track of how close she was inching toward becoming Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School’s first 1,000-point basketball scorer.
Karli Visconto has become so skilled at balancing her hectic schedule that it’s a surprise she hasn’t taken up the trapeze by now.
Brendan Horan will be the first to admit that the offensive system in place at Archbishop Ryan is somewhat of an acquired taste. When a visiting reporter generously described the X’s and O’s of Bernie Rogers’ basketball playbook as “not the sexiest in the Catholic League,” Rogers’ most talented player smiled and began chuckling.
By all accounts, Blair Bowes and Raymond Fred had successful go-rounds for the Abraham Lincoln basketball team in 2012-13.
Sean Tait and Will Brazukas know how it looks.
Susan Friedman rattled off the names of the cities and states, each one farther away and more untouchable than the one that preceded it.
Editor’s note: The seasonal sports winners are chosen by the Northeast Times’ sports staff based on both on-field excellence and leadership abilities off of it.