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East Rutherford’s Brad Levine Coaches All-Stars, While Mixed Offseason News Concerns Hoops

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Kevin Carver

It may be a shade early to talk about basketball, but there is some interesting topics to touch on and all of it concerns East Rutherford.

The Cavs leading scorer, rebounder and most tenacious kid of a year ago, Devonte Boykins may be sidelined for the whole basketball season with an ACL injury.

After ACL surgery not too long ago, Boykins could possibly be back in time late February or early March. I definitely hope to see him back to 100 percent as soon as possible and it’s quiet tough for Boykins to deal with in the fact that Wake Forest, etc have shown interest in having him come 2013-14. While the junior recovers, another junior is planning to step up and help out the Cavs as Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez has transferred from Thoams Jefferson to East Rutherford.

Rumors have been swirling even as soon as the basketball season ended nearly four months ago and I was told in May that no doubt Travis will be a Cavalier this offseason. Travis average 31.4 points and over 10 boards a game last season as a Gryphon. Not only will he play basketball, but he is expected to play football as well, which is just one month away from kickoff.

And speaking of East Rutherford basketball, men’s head coach Brad Levine had the pleasure of coaching in the North Carolina High School East/West All-Star basketball game on Monday night in Greensboro.

Levine coached the West Men’s team to a 54-38 lead at the half, and held off a late rally to preserve a 107-97 win in the contest.

“They (the East) had cut it to three points late, but we did a much better job in transition than them and that‘s what did it for us tonight,” Brad Levine said. “It’s the best of the best, it’s awful special to have the honor to do this once. The kids shared it like I wanted them too and it was a great game and a fun experience. I knew this was a good group of kids upon first glance.”

Levine is the first coach from a Rutherford County school to not only coach, but to be a head coach of a Western All-Star squad.

Well, nobody in the Major Leagues has been hotter than the Atlanta Braves over the last two-and-a-half weeks. The Braves have won 7 games in a row and 11 of their last 16 combine. Who’s hot? Brian McCann hit a homerun in four straight games and had 11 RBI during the stretch from July 5th-8th. Martin Prado has one hit in five of his last seven games and Chipper Jones has 13 hits in the last seven games. Still 70-plus games to go and the wildcard race in the National League is wild at the moment with five teams are within 4.5 games of the spot.

NASCAR’s making The Chase: Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne now look in pretty good shape to make the postseason with at least a wildcard spot as Kahne now has two wins and Keselowski three.

There are seven races to go before The Chase begins and five drivers outside of that window still have a chance to make a push.

Carl Edwards (-46 out of 10th) isn’t in the Chase for now. Although, he is eleventh in points, Edwards has no wins this season, but Kyle Busch (12th) does have a win and sits in the final transfer spot at the moment. Ryan Newman (1 win), Paul Menard, Joey Logano (1 win) and Jeff Gordon are all within 89 markers of tenth. Right now, they are all hoping for top ten contenders Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer (1 win) to falter, not win at all or not any more the rest of this seven race stretch. When it comes to the two wildcard spots, winning is what counts! Somebody in this group has to prove that they have the cars, the driver and the team that belongs among the top 12.

Logano, Gordon and Busch seem more apt to break through, while Edwards and team hasn’t figured themselves out yet. For it to be halfway through the year, Jack Roush and company have got to be flabbergasted about the Edwards situation.

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