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Friday, June 16, 2017: Clark retiring after third state crown at Fort Ann

   Leading off today: Dane Clark has decided to retire as baseball coach of Fort Ann in the aftermath of his third NYSPHSAA championship there, The Post-Star reported.

   Clark, 281-91 at Fort Ann since 1990, won seven Section 2 championships and state titles in 2010, 2013 and this spring.

   More coaching moves: Dominick DeMatteo will be coaching football at his third school in three years beginning this fall. DeMatteo, the former Arlington coach who spent last season at Nyack, will teach and coach at Mahopac.

   DeMatteo, a Mahopac resident, replaces first-year coach Mark Langella and inherits a team that went 3-6 last fall.

    • Spackenkill boys basketball coach Tom Bell is stepping down to join the staff at SUNY New Paltz.

   Counting time as the girls basketball coach at Poughkeepsie and as an assistant at Spackenkill, Bell coached high schools for 27 seasons. He guided Spackenkill to the Section 9 Class B championship last season.

    • LeRoy's school board has approved the appointment of Matt Weinman as boys basketball coach. Rick Rapone was dropped as the Oatkan Knights' coach late in his third season.

    • Westfield baseball coach Doug Kaltenbach has retired after a 30-year career.

   Heading to prep school: Elijah Buchanan, who had a huge senior basketball season at Mount St. Michael culminating in his selection as first-team all-state in Class AA, has opted for prep school in the fall.

   Buchanan, who averaged 22.4 points a game as a senior, will attend Woodstock Academy in Connecticut in a bid to raise his recruiting profile. He received interest from the likes of Manhattan and Quinnipiac this winter and spring. More recently, Fordham and UMass have made contact.

   Heading to college: Cardinal Hayes wide receiver Elijah Jones announced on Twitter that he has committed to Boston College.

   The 6-foot-3 rising senior, had attracted at least 10 other offers in recent months, including Maryland, Purdue and Rutgers.

   Following up: Having acknowledged Quentin Holmes being selected by the Cleveland Indians 64th overall earlier this week, here's how some other New York seniors fared in the Major League Baseball draft:

    • Right-handed pitcher Charlie Neuweiler, Holmes' teammate at Monsignor McClancy, went to the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round.

    • Jason Pineda, a first baseman at James Monroe in the PSAL, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round.

    • Lancaster outfielder L.G. Castillo was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round.

    • Poly Prep right-handed pitcher Nick Storz was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 31st round.

    • Ward Melville right-handed pitcher Benjamin Brown was taken in the 33rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies, who also took right-handed pitcher Brian Morrell of Shoreham-Wading River in the 35th.

    • The New York Mets took Bayside third baseman Daniel Alfonzo in the 38th round.


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  •     • Outfielder Kai Nelson of Fieldston went to the Washington Nationals in the 39th round.

       N.J. sanctions: In a story that will continue to play out in coming months as various criminal investigations wind down, a New Jersey high school was hit hard with sanctions this week.

       The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's Controversies Committee announced unprecedented penalties against Paterson Eastside High's boys and girls basketball programs, including a two-year state tournament ban for both teams and $1,500 in fines.

       The state cited several recruiting and eligibility violations as well as procedural errors related to several players who arrived as part of an international pipeline that beefed up rosters the past six years and is now under investigation for possible human trafficking.

       The entire athletic department was hit with a two-year probationary period by the six-person committee in a unanimous ruling. Boys coach Juan Griles was hit with a two-year suspension and $1,000 fine. Girls coach Ray Lyde Jr. got a one-year ban and $500 fine.

       The NJSIAA didn't impose forfeits or revoke championships, but the fines against the coaches are believed to be unprecedented.

       Coming soon: Steve Grandin has been pulling the pieces together one section and organization at a time, and we should have the 2017 week-by-week schedule for every varsity football team in the state posted within a few days.

       In the interim, I have leftover blog material and I'll be getting a start this weekend on the annual Kerr Cup All-Sport Championship competition.

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