Monday, June 20, 2011

Five incoming freshmen to play in Empire Challenge football game

Hempstead, N.Y. -

Incoming freshmen Kedar Hunter (Jamaica, N.Y.), James Barry (Staten Island, N.Y.), Victor Ochi (Valley Stream, N.Y.), Karim Mohamed (Lawrence, N.Y.) and Dimitry Russ (Deer Park, N.Y.) have been selected to play in the 16th Annual Empire Challenge High School Football All-Star Game at Hofstra University.
The game, which will be played tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., pits New York City against Long Island. Hunter and Barry will suit up for NYC, while Ochi, Mohamed and Russ will play for Long Island.
Rising junior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) was named MVP of the 2009 game after rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

MSGVarsity (channel 14) will broadcast the game live in high definition.

Player Profiles
Kedar Hunter - A 2011 graduate of Holy Cross High School ... Will play for New York City in Empire Challenge All-Star Game ... played in upstate vs. downstate football classic ... CHSFL All-League ... CHSFL Senior Bowl Game ... All-Queens by the New York Post ... New York Post Athlete of the Week after three touchdowns and two interceptions against Chaminade ... ran the 4x400 at the Penn Relays.
James Barry - A 2011 graduate of Poly Prep ... coached by Dino Manigero ... played tight end and linebacker ... 43 catches for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns in three varsity seasons ... added 108 tackles and six interceptions ... chosen as a defensive all-star by the Staten Island Advance ... New York City selection for 2011 Empire Challenge All-Star Game.

Victor Ochi - A 2011 graduate of Valley Stream Central High School ... All-New York State selection ... All-Nassau County and All-Long Island ... made 72 tackles and had 11 sacks as a senior ... 57 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a junior ... ranked fourth in MSG Varsity's top 100 players on Long Island ... will play for Long Island in Empire Challenge All-Star Game ... also ran track.
Karim Mohamed - A 2011 graduate of Lawrence High School ... will play for Long Island in Empire Challenge All-Star Game ... captain of the football team ... also wrestled, played basketball and ran track ... team is 29-9 in last three seasons.
Dimitry Russ - A 2011 graduate of Deer Park High School ... All-County and All-League selection for the Falcons ... will play for Long Island in Empire Challenge All-Star Game ... all-conference as a sophomore ... led team to a 6-2 record and a playoff berth ... blocked two extra points in a 21-20 win over Huntington ... also played basketball.