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Friday, Sept. 1, 2017: B'ville's Sanfilippo picks up 200th football victory

   Leading off today: Quarterback Ben Dwyer scored on the first two possessions and ran for three touchdowns overall Thursday in Baldwinsville's 35-7 football victory over Corning in the Kickoff Classic.

   Dwyer capped a 10-play opening drive with a 1-yard run. He also scored on a 9-yard keeper with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter.

   An Aquari Warner TD run in the fourth quarter capped a 99-yard drive by the Bees.

   The win was coach Carl Sanfilippo's 200th in 33 seasons at Baldwinsville. He is second to Whitesboro's Tom Schoen (267) among active Section 3 coaches.

   Sanfilippo's father Joe won 195 games at Salamanca, Jamestown and in New Mexico before retiring in 1982. (See: All-time New York list)

    • Cicero-North Syracuse, regarded as a contender for Section 3 Class AA honors and beyond this fall, opened with a 42-14 win against Fairport as Erik Pride (13 carries, 126 yards) scored four touchdowns.

   The Northstars broke the game open by converting two Fairport turnovers in the third quarter into touchdowns.

   Also noteworthy Thursday: Defending Section 6 Class AA champ Clarence defeated St. Joe's 2-1 to earn the title in its own boy soccer tournament. Chris O'Brien scored the game-winning goal.

   St. Joe's was the Monsignor Martin runner-up last fall and had defeated I-Prep/Grover, a 2016 state quarterfinalist


in Class B, in the semifinals.

    • North Tonawanda, having already matched last seasons win total in just three games, remained unbeaten in boys soccer with a 2-2 tie vs. Niagara-Wheatfield.

    • Jashawna Luke finished with 14 kills as Irondequoit defeated defending NYSPHSAA Class AA champion Penfield 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 in girls volleyball. Emma Sheehan finished with 25 assists.

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   Trying something different: Today marked the debut of a weekly column that I'll be writing this fall as a freelancer for Gannett, my employer from 1982 to 2007.

   I'll be tackling a variety of topics, some of which will be pegged to recent news and developments out of the Upstate New York high school sports scene while others will more closely qualify as "stream of unconsciousness."

   For this week's column, I decided to pry open the state football record book (which has been a labor of love for Paul

  
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Hutzler and gets updated on RoadToSyracuse.com each summer) and pick out five records that aren't going to be broken any time soon.

   Hint: Mike Hart has a significant place on that list.

   You can read the first column here and subsequent scribbles each week on the PressConnects.com website.

   Reminders: A couple of links heading into the remainder of the football weekend:

   Alumni news, Part 1: Former Syracuse CBA coach Joe Casamento, who won 143 games in Section 3 before departing after the 2014 season, has a huge weekend contest.

   Casamento's Washington, D.C., St. John's College team, ranked 18th by USA Today, heads to the West Coast to play No. 8 Concord (Calif.) De La Salle on Friday night.

   St. John's College opened with a win in Florida last weekend. They're back in Florida in two weeks for a huge game vs. IMG Academy.

   Alumni news, Part 2: Sid Wilson, who only signed with St. John's in May, is leaving the men's basketball team and has been granted permission to speak with other NCAA Division I programs.

   Wilson was a 13th-team all-state pick for St. Raymond's in the 2015-16 season and then attended Brewster Academy in New Hampshire last year.

   The 6-foot-7 wing cited a need "to manage adversity in my life" as a factor in his decision to leave.

   Extra points: It look's like there's work to be done filling vacancies at Mahopac as the new school year starts. Ray Gallagher of TheExaminerNews.com, who's often ahead of the pack on developments at several Section 1 outposts, tweeted this:

   Gallagher had tweeted earlier in the week that lacrosse co-coaches Sean Mohammed and Tony Tanzi have departed, with Mohammed landing at Our Lady of Lourdes.


  
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