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Thursday, July 6, 2017: Injured Spring Valley QB gets Division I shot

   Leading off today: Ori Jean-Charles' senior football season at Spring Valley went down the tubes minutes into the 2016 opener when he suffered a knee injury that predictably shut down interest from most major-college recruiters.

   Happily, matters have taken a positive turn for the quarterback. After months of rehabilitation, Jean-Charles has landed at the University of Louisville. He left Tuesday to enroll in classes with a chunk of academics-based scholarship money and begin workouts at Louisville as a preferred walk-on, News 12 Varsity reported.

   "I was definitely confident that things would work themselves out," Jean-Charles said. "I would always say that and speak it into existence. I just kept my head down and worked and stayed the course. I never cried. I never complained."

   The 6-foot-2 QB said he is fully recovered from the injury, which came on the heels of a junior season in which he threw for 1,429 yards and 20 TDs while also rushing for 1,009 yards. He'd also put in a strong summer at camps and 7-on-7 tournaments, setting the table for what would have been inevitable Division I offers if he had any sort of video to distribute.

   After the injury, Marshall and Louisville stayed in contact.

   "Louisville was there from the jump," Jean-Charles said. "They were really high on me and were waiting for full (game tapes) from the first couple of games to pull the trigger and offer. But I went down, I couldn't provide that."

   Poughkeepsie standout shot: Poughkeepsie basketball star Marvin Lunsford was shot early Wednesday morning according to Hudson Valley Sports Report.

   The website reported Lunsford, 18, underwent surgery at MidHudson Regional Hospital after being shot once in the neck and is expected to survive.

   Lunsford was named honorable mention all-state by the New York State Sportswriters Association last season as a junior. He scored 21 points in the Section 9 Class A championship game and led Poughkeepsie to the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.

   Another Poughkeepsie player, Caval Haylett Jr., was shot and killed in March 2016 shortly after an all-star game capping his senior season.

   Lunsford's shooting took place just hours after a march by area residents reacting to a weekend shooting.

   Cazenovia lets coach go: Jim Longo, who coached Cazenovia to NYSPHSAA boys lacrosse championships in 2011 and '13, won't be brought back for a 13th season, reported.

   Longo coached Cazenovia to a 192-58 record with five Section 3 titles. Coming off an appearance in the 2016 state semifinals, the Lakers were 7-11 this spring and posted their first losing season since 2005.

   He told the website he doesn't know why he was not rehired.

   "All I can tell you is that a week or two before the end of the season I was told I would not be asked to return as the lacrosse coach," Longo said.

   Though he would not get into the specifics of the decision, AD Michael Byrnes lavished praise on Longo.

   "Jim is one of the finest human beings you will ever meet," he said in a statement. "The district was fortunate to have a man like Jim coaching the varsity team since back in 2006 and even prior to that as an assistant coach. I am convinced that nobody cares more about the great game of lacrosse than Coach Longo and I am thankful to have worked with him personally and professionally all these years. However, at this time we are excited for a new beginning, and we hope to build upon the great culture for the sport that has evolved here in our school and community."

   More coaching changes: A week after resigning as the Shenendehowa girls varsity lacrosse coach and modified


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  • field hockey coach, Jenn Sykes reportedly was set to take a teaching position in the Guilderland school district.

       It's not immediately clear whether there is a coaching position available.

        • Veteran assistant Jason Alexander, 41, is the new varsity football coach at Herkimer.

       Alexander, who coached the modified team for the last four seasons after previously working with the JVs, replaces Ron Gatto, who was 2-5 in his one season in charge.

       Walking it back: Williamsville's school board has rescinded an action taken at its previous meeting to name athletic complexes at its three high schools in honor of two longtime athletic directors and current Superintendent Scott Martzloff, The Buffalo News reported Wednesday.

       "I firmly believe the board made a mistake. I know I made a mistake," newly elected board President Shawn P. Lemay said. "I think something like this needs to be in the community's hands."

       The board's action at its June 13 meeting following a surprise motion by outgoing board member Michael J. Schmidt surprised the community; even Martzloff raised objections to being honored in such a fashion.

       "As I enter my seventh year in the school district, it was the worst process I have ever seen. It was rushed, it was too fast," Martzloff said Wednesday.

       Progress: I'm down to the final stages of compiling scoring in the ninth annual Kerr Cup All-Sport Championship. With just indoor track and swimming results to be factored into the scoring, there is a very tight four-way race for overall honors that's going to require a re-count early next week.

       I should be able to finalize a date for the official announcement by the beginning of next week.

       Also, there have been minor delays in compiling all-state teams in baseball and boys lacrosse, but work is proceeding. We'll hopefully be able to settle on announcement dates shortly.

       NYSPHSAA honors: Nineteen schools have earned Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction recognition from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, it was announced this week.

       The designation goes to schools at which 100 percent of varsity teams receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons by having three-quarters of the roster maintain a 90 academic average.

       You can check out the list of schools being recognized on the NYSPHSAA website.

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