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Senior Andre Walker leads Christ the King to back-to-back state titles


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Christ the King point guard Andre Walker, like most high school seniors, didn’t want to lose his final game before graduation.

Walker told his teammates he wanted to go out as a champion in the locker room before the state Federation Class AA championship game against Long Island Lutheran Saturday in Albany, but he saw that dream falling apart as the Royals were trailing the Crusaders by as much as 14 points in the first half.

Then Walker stepped up.

The senior, who has taken a backseat in the scoring category all season, was almost perfect. He notched a game-high 25 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the three-point arc, to defeat Lutheran 58-52 and give Christ the King back-to-back state titles. Walker was named the tournament MVP.

“Somebody needed to step up and he wanted to do it,” junior forward Travis Atson said. “This was going to be his last game before he left high school, and he really didn’t want to go out with a loss.”

In last year’s state title game, guard Rawle Alkins and former Royal Jon Severe, torched Lutheran. So this year the Crusaders prepared for the Royals’ star players. Alkins had just nine points and Atson had only eight.

But this opened up space for other players on the team to shine, and the seniors, Walker, Adonis Delarosa and Bryler Paige, had the necessary motivation. Paige finished with 10 points and Delarosa added six points and 13 rebounds.

Walker attacked aggressively in the third quarter, where he made 13 of his 25 points, proving that he could score if he needed.
“[Fans] only recognize points, but they don’t see what we do,” Walker said. “We can score too, but it’s not our roles on the team.”

Still undecided on where he will continue to play basketball and his education next year, Walker is just happy that he’ll leave Christ the King with winning dynasty intact.

“It feels good,” Walker said. “Only a select few can say they won two state championships, back-to-back.”

 

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Christ the King names former NFL player as head coach


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Christ the King High School announced a new head varsity football coach, Tyree Allison, who has already tackled the pros will now share his experience with the Royals.

Allison, who had a cup of coffee with the New Orleans Saints, has signed on to take over the Royals Varsity Football team.  The Hofstra University graduate also played with the Detroit Fury, the Tennessee Valley Vipers and the Mohegan Wolves in the Arena Football League.

“Tyree has been a valued member of our faculty.  We obviously knew of his NFL career and coaching experience on both the High School and Collegiate levels. When the football season ended this year and the coaching positions became available, I was glad to see Tyree submitted his resume,” said Principal Peter J. Mannarino.

Allison, who is also a teacher at the Middle Village School, said he excited for this chance.

“I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity by the Board of Trustees. Since joining the faculty this school has become my second family.  Watching the academic growth of my students has always been my greatest reward,” Allison said.  “I value the time spent in the NFL and know how important proper football training is to being successful in all walks of life.  To be able to share my experience and passion with the Christ the King community as head coach is a wonderful way to give something back to all they have given me.  My goal is to bring a winning tradition to Christ the King football and with the help of my talented staff and these fine student athletes, that’s exactly what we will do.”

The Christ the King won just once this past season while racking up seven losses.