Federation at a glance
Tournament of champions: The Federation brings together the best of the state's associations: Olean is the champion of the NYSPHSAA (public schools); Collegiate School is the champion of the NYSAIS (Alliance of Independent Schools); Brooklyn's Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research is the champion of New York City's Public Schools Athletic League; Manhattan's St. Agnes is the champion of the NYSCHSAA (Catholic schools).
Olean starters: Joe Palumbo (5-6 so.), Sean Donahue (6-3 sr.), Chris Weidt (6-0 sr.), Sam Moore (6-4 sr.), Jacob Houseknecht (6-8 sr.). Key reserves: Ryan Carney (6-1 so.), James Chatmon (6-2 jr.).
Scouting Collegiate: Collegiate is coming off a tremendous championship win over rival Poly Prep in the independent final. They're led in the post by 6-1 senior Mike Nelson while 6-5 sophomore wing player Will Bartlett is dangerous, along with 6-2 junior off guard Harrison Green. Canisius High grad Ben Batory has been a volunteer assistant for Collegiate all but one year since 2000 -- that was the 2003-04 season in which he coached Canisius High.
Bracketology: St. Agnes might sound familiar to local fans -- it beat Bishop Timon-St. Jude in the Catholic school final, 54-40. Secondary School won the PSAL title from the third seed with a 47- 45 win over top-seeded Acorn School for Social Justice.
More on the Web: Check out the buffalonews.com Prep Talk blog for more information and to discuss Olean's chances.