- Last Updated: 3:31 AM, December 5, 2011
- Posted: 3:29 AM, December 5, 2011
The Post’s high school staff looks ahead to the most intriguing matchups in football, boys basketball and girls basketball for the week of Dec. 5 through Dec. 11.
Lincoln vs. Erasmus Hall, PSAL City Championship division final (Tuesday, 5 p.m. @ Yankee Stadium)
History will be made one way or another Tuesday night. Lincoln has not won a city title since 1993, while Erasmus Hall has never taken home a title at the highest classification. One Brooklyn team will leave storied Yankee Stadium with the trophy – will it be All-American senior Wayne Morgan and E-Hall or blazing back Kareem Folkes and Lincoln?
John F. Kennedy @ Wings Academy (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.)
Wings won the three matchups last year by an average of just under 22 points per game, a rare lopsided year in this intense rivalry. Kennedy will be out for revenge and has a far more capable team of earning retribution with the development of sophomore Bashier Ahmed and addition of Sacred Heart transfer Terry Larrier.
South Shore @ Lincoln (Saturday, 4 p.m.)
Two of the PSAL’s elite meet in an early-season Brooklyn AA showdown in Coney Island. The Division I prospects will be aplenty in this one – up to possibly nine by our count. Guards Isaiah Whitehead (Lincoln) and Terrence Samuel (South Shore) are the highly recruited big names, but the battle inside between Lincoln’s Tafari Whittingham and South Shore’s Wayne Martin could tip the scales to one side or the other.
Boys & Girls @ Christ the King (Saturday, 5 p.m.)
Two-time defending city champions Boys & Girls (PSAL) and Christ the King (CHSAA) meet in a rematch of the 2009 New York State Federation Class AA final and a possible preview of this year’s final, too. Some advice for the basketball enthusiast: Get to Middle Village early; this one will draw a packed house.
Archbishop Stepinac @ St. Raymond (Friday, 7:15 p.m.)
Daniel Dingle, Kerwin Okoro and St. Ray’s gets their first big test Friday against Stepinac. The Crusaders might be coming up from the ‘A,’ but make no mistake: They will be a very good ‘AA’ team. Josh James, Austin Taps and Naim Thomas will make sure of that.
Cardinal Hayes vs. Long Island Lutheran (Sunday, 4 p.m.)
Joe Lods said Friday night that some coaches are in search of wins early on, while he is in search of fights for his squad. Well, Hayes will certainly get a big-time battle against perennial powerhouse LuHi at the Upstate/Downstate Classic. Amadou Sidibe, Jalen Jenkins, Tyler Wilson and company will be ready.
Christ the King @ Bishop Ford (Monday, 6 p.m.)
Two years ago the Royals opened their season in Park Slope and the Falcons handed them a stunning loss. Less people will be shocked now if Ford pulls the upset, but it will show the rest of the city it should be taken very seriously this season.
Mary Louis @ Bishop Loughlin (Monday, 6:15 p.m.)
Loughlin will be riding high off one of the biggest wins in program history, beating Murry Bergtraum last weekend. Mary Louis, with George Mason-bound Reana Mohamed and Jasmine Nwajei and freshman studs Mei-Lyn Bautista and Jordan Agustus will provide another major challenge. The Alston cousins, Jasmine and Nyree, Ayanna Ratliff and Imani Tate will look to defend their home court.
Archbishop Molloy @ Holy Trinity (Wednesday, 4 p.m.)
Back in June, Tom Catalanotto was fired as coach at Archbishop Molloy. He will be on the opposite bench from his former team, which looks to go 3-0, as an assistant with Holy Trinity, in an interesting non-league game.
Murry Bergtraum @ South Shore (Friday, 5 p.m.)
What a huge rematch early in the season. These two teams have met in two of the last three PSAL Class AA city championship games at Madison Square Garden and with the new ‘AA’ super league they will meet here in a league contest. South Shore might actually be the favorite considering Bergtraum’s two early losses – but the Lady Blazers can never be counted out.
St. John Villa @ Cardinal Spellman (Saturday, 1 p.m.)
The formation of the new CHSAA Archdiocesan league makes this more than just a friendly crossover like years past. The Bears and Pilots are expected to be two of the division’s top clubs and this early season contest could go a long way toward playoff seeding.Follow @NYPostsports