>> Champagnie Signs with Spurs
Julian Champagnie, a former standout basketball player at Bishop Loughlin H.S., Fort Greene, and St. John’s University, Jamaica, signed a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs after the team claimed him off waivers. He had previously been with the Philadelphia 76ers.
>> Bobblehead Series
St. John’s University, Jamaica, men’s basketball Hall of Famer Bill Schaeffer was honored Feb. 18 at his alma mater as part of the St. John’s Basketball Legends Series Bobblehead Giveaway.
Schaeffer’s hoops days trace back to St. Gregory the Great, Bellerose, in the Catholic Youth Organization and Holy Cross H.S., Flushing.
With 1,484 career points, he still ranks 15th on the Johnnies’ overall scoring list. He was named the recipient of the prestigious Haggerty Award in 1973.
>> Hall of Fame Honor
Mergin Sina, a former Catholic Youth Organization basketball player at St. Rose of Lima, Parkville, and Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope, was recently inducted into the University of Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
The 6-foot-8-inch forward played two seasons with Rhode Island from 1987 through 1989 while averaging 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is currently the head coach of the Gill St. Bernard’s School in Peapack-Gladstone, N.J.
> 1,000-Point Mark
Emma Kiley, a senior center on the St. Joseph’s University Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, women’s basketball team, reached the 1,000-career-point mark on Feb. 18.
A product of Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood, Kiley finished the regular season averaging 15.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.