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Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017: Lake George boys knock off Fort Ann

   Leading off today: Alex Jones and Alex Leonelli connected for goals as Lake George put an end to Fort Ann's undefeated/unscored upon start to the season via a 2-0 boys soccer victory Wednesday.

   The result snapped Fort Ann's 53-game unbeaten streak against Adirondack League competition. Fort Ann (7-1), which hadn't scored fewer than three goals in a game this season, is ranked third in Class D this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Lake George took the lead for good midway through the first half on an unassisted shot from Jones from about 30 yards out. Alex Leonelli headed in a Kagan Helms pass with 1:41 to go in the half.

   Girls soccer: Pearl River (5-0-2), ranked 15th in the state in Class AA, and No. 18 Tappan Zee (6-0-1) played a scoreless tie as both remained unbeaten.

   Three of Peal River's last four games have gone to overtime.

   "If we score, then we're unstoppable," Pirates coach Tim Peabody said. "It's just when we don't score, it's kind of like being no-hit in baseball — everybody is on the edge of their seat and pressing."

   The teams will have a rematch Oct. 12 at Pearl River.

   Details emerge: There appears to be a whole lot more to a coach's dismissal than the two sentences we gave it at the end of Tuesday's blog.

   Blind Brook girls basketball coach Manny Martinez, who was informed Monday by AD D.J. Goldman that he would not be brought back for the upcoming season, had filed a filed a harassment complaint against Goldman earlier this year, The Journal News reported.

   Martinez's complaint was dismissed on July 17 by a school district compliance officer on the basis of insufficient evidence, but he appealed to Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Ross, alleging Goldman "treated me differently than the other varsity coaches based on my racial background, violated my rights under the Family Medical Leave Act, and violated Title 9 Federal regulations that negatively impacted the status of the Girls Basketball Program in the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District."

   Martinez was informed by Board of Education President Jeffrey Diamond last week that the appeal had been denied. Three days later, he was formally let go.


   Martinez had won more than 225 games in 17 seasons at Blind Brook.

   "We don't discuss personnel matters in the public form, so I must tell you that we would refuse to discuss any personnel matter here at Blind Brook," Ross told the paper.

   SU walk-on accused: A freshman who recently walked on to the Syracuse University men's basketball team was arrested Friday and charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class D felony.

   Dominick Parker, 18, was accused of having sexual contact with an 18-year-old female "while she was incapable of giving consent," according to Syracuse police, reported. football site

   Parker was the sixth man last season at LaSalle Institute in Troy after transferring there from Stamford. SU's roster had listed him as a 6-foot-1 guard.

   Parker was arraigned Saturday and is scheduled to appear in court today.

   This week's column: With the exception of ice hockey and a few schools that don't have their own swimming pools, very little in-season practice and training time for high school athletes is spent off campus. Even then, though, those athletes are usually transported by school buses.

   On the other hand, school campuses tend to not be large enough or offer enough variety to suit the needs of distance runners, who'll some- times log in excess of 50 miles a week.

   We were reminded of the dangers of running alongside nearby roads this month when a Geneseo teen was struck and killed by a car about a mile from school. That tragedy was still very much on the minds of people last weekend when I stopped by the Wayne Eagles Invi- tational, which was being contested on the course hosting the state meet later this season.

   You can read some coaches' thoughts in my latest column for The Press & Sun-Bulletin.

   I'm running behind: What used to be a steady 25 or 30 emails a week showing up in my inbox from readers with questions, concerns or news tips has somehow mushroomed to an average of 10 a day in the early going this fall season, which has left me struggling to keep pace.

   If you've sent something with the expectation of a reply the past few days, please know I will do my best to get caught up tonight.

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