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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017: William Floyd, Cazenovia score big boys soccer wins

   Leading off today: Ethan Loarca's golden goal in the second minute of the second overtime on Tuesday carried William Floyd to a 2-1 boys soccer upset of Commack, the state's third-ranked team in Class AA.

   Loarca converted a feed from Gio Fiore, who picked up his seventh assist of the season, to send Commack to its first loss of the season. Floyd (7-2-1) had tied the contest with 8:54 left on Danny Lombardo's goal.

   "This sends a message to the rest of the league that Floyd is definitely in the race," Fiore told Newsday. "I knew if I put it on target that it would either get deflected in or it would get followed up. Our defense gets most of the credit for keeping us in the game. And Ethan made a great run."

   More boys soccer: Cazenovia scored twice in the final seven minutes to pull off an upset of previously unbeaten Westhill in Class B action between Section 3 teams.

   Westhill entered the game ranked second and Cazenovia 18th according to the New York State Sportswriters Association. The game as a rematch of the 2016 sectional final, won by Westhill.

   Sophomore Joe Spires' penalty-kick goal tied the score with 6:20 remaining, and senior Ryan Modzeleski connected for the game-winner on a direct kick in the waning moments.

    • Levin Gramajo scored 28 minutes into the second half as White Plains knocked Mamaroneck 1-0 for its fifth straight shutout win.

   Mamaroneck is ranked 22nd in the state in Class AA.

   Arlington keeps rolling: Arlington defeated Mahopac 3-0 to remain undefeated and unscored upon through 10 games in the state's top-ranked Class AA team's start to the season.

   "It's a very big part of our season," center back Emma Sbrollini told The Poughkeepsie Journal in reference to the shutout streak. "We want, in every game, to (not) only win, but keep a clean sheet. That's something we didn't do last year that we've improved on."

   Arlington posted just five shutouts a year ago en route to a New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship.

   "No one was sure if we'd come back as strong as we were last year and we've proven that we're still here," said senior Kiana Jedlicka, who opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the fifth minute.

   More girls soccer: Hamburg scored a 1-0 upset of Williamsville East, ranked 11th in Class A. Julia Baldonado headed in the winning goal off a corner kick redirected by freshman Abby Kane.

    • Hanna Morpurgo and Alexia Angulo-Stevenson scored twice apiece as Trumansburg blanked Lansing 4-0. Trumansburg entered the week ranked 14th and Lansing 17th in the state in Class C.

   Football: Nichols' 19-game losing streak, the longest in the state, came to an end with a 60-14 win over Trinity College from Port Hope, Ont.

   Nichols, which has a combined football team with Christian Central Academy, got 147 yards and three TDs through the air from junior Julian Freeman. Ben Leukeuneu ran for two scores and Julian Freeman caught two touchdown passes.


   Parents appeal: Parents and students asked Geneseo's school board on Tuesday to reverse last month's decision to end the varsity football season.

   Administrators made that decision after police a police investigation into the alleged illicit use of Oxycontin by as many as seven players before a Sept. 22 game. Those players were suspended from the team, leaving the varsity with just 14 players. State rules require teams to have 16 players available for games.

   While conceding the need to discipline the handful of students, parents contended that the remaining 14 players were being unfairly punished. football site

   "I'm totally devastated," said senior Nicholas Evangelista. "Me and the guys, we've done this since day one, since we were in kindergarten. We built our trust, our bond, our brotherhood all to this point and it's just thrown out for us."

   Some at the meeting spoke out in support on the decision to end the season.

   "This is not easy, we understand that, but now we need to approach the reason we are in the position we are in right now, and we will start to do that and we have started to do that," said Superintendent Timothy Hayes.

   Added board President Jennifer Mehlenbacher: "I strongly believe that one of the most difficult and important lessons to learn in life is doing the right thing, is always the right thing, even when it's difficult, especially when it's difficult and even when it comes at a personal or collective cost."

   The district is working with the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Strong outpatient clinic on an educational program about opioid addiction, WHAM-TV reported.

   Appointed: Mike Grosodonia, who coached Aquinas to a NYSPHSAA Class AA championship in 2016 before leaving last summer, has been promoted to interim men's basketball coach at Division III St. John Fisher College. Long-time head coach Rob Kornaker announced his resignation Tuesday.

   Decisions, decisions: What was once inevitable is now official: Glens Falls junior Joe Girard III, is now a Division I recruit in two sports.

   Girard led Glens Falls to a NYSPHSAA championship last fall at the Carrier Dome. He's already crossed the 2,000-point barrier in basketball and picked up multiple scholarship offers in that sport.

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