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Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Webster's Vasile wins girls GS, overall title

   Leading off today: Webster senior GiGi Vasile won the giant slalom Tuesday, wrapping up the second NYSPHSAA alpine combined title of her career as the state meet concluded Tuesday at Bristol Mountain.

   Vasile, who'll attend Duke in the fall and play lacrosse, completed two runs in 2 minutes, 1.04 seconds to edge Clarkstown's Martyna Czarnik (2:01.27).

   "Since it was my last race I knew I had to give it everything I had," Vasile told the Democrat and Chronicle. "I really just wanted all my hard work to pay off and finish my skiing career on a high note."

   Evan Scriven won the boys giant slalom in 1:56.52 for two runs, easily outdistancing Lane Feldsen of Lake George-North Warren (1:58.06), who won the boys alpine combined honor.

   The two-day team competition saw Horace Greeley and Shenendehowa tie for the boys crown with 104 points. On the girls side, Ellicottville outdistanced Honeoye Falls-Lima 99-97.

   In the nordic meet at Gore Mountain, the Lake Placid boys and HF-L girls captured relay championships. Lake Placid easily outdistanced HF-L 90-58 in the two-day combined scoring, and HF-L's girls outdistanced Queensbury 83-72.

   "Sort of like how they talk about the ACC in basketball, if you come from a strong conference and win, it prepares you well for the championship," HF-L coach Bernie Gardner said.

   Girls basketball: Averill Park, battle-tested each season by a large-school schedule, is one win from its fourth straight Section 2 girls Class A championship following a 61-47 victory against Gloversville in the semifinals.

   Averill Park (13-9) had three players reach double-digit in scoring, led by Stephanie Jankovic's 17 points.

   Averill Park will meet Amsterdam in Friday's final.

    • Irvington guard Lindsay Halpin and Woodlands forward Teisha Hyman dueled to the tune of more than 40 points apiece a year ago in the Section 1 Class B final. In the 2017 semifinals Tuesday, Halpin scored 33 in a 79-55 romp to largely offset 42 from Hyman.

   "I love playing against amazing players because it makes our team better," Halpin, who will play for SUNY Geneseo next season, told The Journal News.

   Irvington will play in the final Saturday vs. Briarcliff, a team the Bulldogs beat by 29 points during the regular season.

   Boys basketball: Dominick Welch became the leading scorer in Section 6 history, but it wasn't enough to stop Buffalo South Park from beating Cheektowaga 74-64 in the Class A-2 semifinals.

   Welch scored 45 points to finish his career with 2,376.

   "I know it means a lot to my parents, my school and my teammates but the season didn't end the way I wanted it to end," he told The Buffalo News. "I just wanted to win. I didn't care if I got the record tonight."

    • Kenny Speed made the second of two free throws with half a second remaining as Greece Athena edged Rochester East 54-53 in a Section 5 Class A-1 semifinal.

   Down two late in the fourth quarter, Zion Morrison converted an Athena turnover into the tying basket for East. The Trojans then ran down the clock and got the ball to Speed, who pump-faked and drew a foul.

    • Upstart Rochester Wilson (11-12) continued a surprising postseason run with a 57-55 win over Batavia as Patrick Phillips made the game-winning put-back at the buzzer.

   Robert Davis led Wilson with 17 points. The Wildcats closed the game on a 10-2 run.

   LaSalle outlasts Shen skaters: Kevin Mainello pounced on a loose puck in the crease and scored 23 seconds into the second overtime as LaSalle defeated Shenendehowa 6-5 for the Section 2 hockey championship at Union College.

   It was the Cadets' first crown since 2001.

   "I saw the puck just sitting on the goal line, it doesn't get much easier than that," Mainello told The Times Union. "It was the most fun hockey game I've ever played. Any team could have won this game, Shen played great and so did we."

  


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   Neither team led by more than a goal throughout. Shen scored four power-play goals, including a pair early in the third period for a 4-3 lead. La Salle tied the game on Ryan Murray's goal at 10:31 and took a 5-4 lead when Sam Mulson scored his second of the game on a tip-in with 2:59 left in regulation.

   The Plainsmen tied it once more on Tom Relyea's second power-play goal of the game off a rebound with 1:48 to play in regulation.

   "I can't say enough about the guys on my team and the fight," LaSalle coach Tim Flanigan said. "Shenendehowa played unbelievable, what a game for both teams. I couldn't be happier for my kids."

   More hockey: Senior goaltender Cole Harvey turned aside all 23 shots and Beekmantown defeated Plattsburgh 1-0 for the Section 7 Division II title.

   Matthew Maggy scored the goal by redirecting a Kade Collins point shot home with 46 seconds left in the first period.

   The Eagles will face Salmon River in Saturday's quarterfinals. The Shamrocks, who earned the Section 10 wildcard berth, defeated Beekmantown 1-0 on Jan. 14.

   College decision: Jimmy Boeheim, the son of the Syracuse University coach, announced on Tuesday that he will continue his basketball career at Cornell University.

   Boeheim, a graduate of Jamesville-DeWitt, is currently attending New Hampton (N.H.) Prep.


  
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