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Friday, Sept. 22, 2017: Schalmont girls defeat Holy Names in Sec. 2 showdown

   Leading off today: Sophomore Sofia Cassano connected for a pair of goals as No. 2 Schalmont defeated No. 5 Holy Names 3-1 in Section 2 girls soccer action Thursday between state-ranked Class B teams from Section 2.

   Both teams entered with 8-0 records.

   "When you look at the games that they've played, and the scores of their games and how they've won those games, it's very consistent with how we've been playing in our wins," Schalmont coach Alaina Resue told The Daily Gazette. “So we knew going in that we were going to be matched up very well."

   Senior Molly Older also scored in the victory, and Cassano's goal early in the second half closed out the scoring for the two-time defending sectional champions.

   "From the start of the game, we ended up playing their game, falling into their trap," Holy Names coach Will Graham said. "We're known for our high tempo, get the ball wide (and) we've got some of the best strikers in the league -- and we just weren't utilizing them. We were scared. We were laying back."

   A blow for CBA: Syracuse CBA will be without the services of second-team all-state running back Stevie Scott for an undetermined period of time because of a foot injury suffered last weekend in a 40-33 win over Elmira.

   The 6-foot-2 Scott, who also plays linebacker, has verbally committed to play for Rutgers beginning next fall. He ran for more than 2,500 yards and 42 touchdowns over the previous two seasons.

   CBA is ranked ninth in the state in Class AA this week.

   Sentence handed down: The driver who struck and killed Binghamton University tennis player Stefani Lineva last year was sentenced to 60 days working weekends in Broome County jail and three years probation Thursday for his guilty plea to leaving the scene of the crash, The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported.

   Aizaz Siddiqui, 26, of Binghamton, faced a maximum penalty of a year in jail for his plea to a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting in connection with the Dec. 3 crash on Route 434.

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   According to police, Siddiqui's BWM struck Lineva during the early-morning hours as she walked along a stretch of road not designated for pedestrian use.

   Lineva, 20, was in her first semester at Binghamton after transferring from Adelphi, where she was the Northeast-10 rookie of the year in 2014-15, going a combined 31-6 in singles and doubles. The Queens resident was runner-up in the Public Schools Athletic League singles championships as a senior at Forest Hills.

   Mendon star to SU: Pittsford Mendon distance ace Nathan Lawler has committed to Syracuse University, Milesplit reported Friday.

   Lawler won the NYSPHSAA Class B cross country championship last fall at Chenango Forks State Park with

  
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the second-fastest time of the day. He was 10th in Division I in the outdoor track 3,200 meters last June.

   Eight-man season kicks off: Six of the seven schools launching the return of eight-man football to New York will hit the field for the first time this weekend as Seton Catholic in Binghamton plays South Lewis, Cooperstown faces Oriskany and Bishop Grimes takes on New York Mills.

   Most of the seven teams likely would have been unable to play the more conventional 11-man brand of football because of declining participation numbers.

   "We knew we didn't have quite enough people to play 11-man football. Our kids were excited (to play eight-man)," Oriskany coach Jerry Tine told Syracuse.com. "They want to play together and are getting a chance to play football. It didn't feel any different other than there's just a couple guys less on the field and there's more space to tackle people. ... This is great for football, that kids are still playing."

   Eight-man offensive alignments typically do without two offensive tackles and a skill-position player. Defenses generally line up shot a lineman and two backs.

   "Our kids are still playing football, and that's the main thing," Tine said.

   Weekend schedule links: Here are links to schedules for Week 4 football action:

    • Complete state schedule.
    • Ranked-teams schedule.
    • Spectrum Cable telecasts and streaming schedule.

   What a round: A Wisconsin girl shot the round of a lifetime Thursday during a league meet.

   Abby Cavaiani of Wales (Wis.) Kettle Moraine High fired a 12-under-par 60, easily beating the lowest recorded rounds in state history. The Missouri State recruit's round included eight birdies, two eagles and no bogeys.

   "I think I exceed all the expectations I had for today," she said in one the year's bigger understatements.


  
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