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Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017: Spencerport girls continue unbeaten run

   Leading off today: Junior forward Erin Coykendall scored twice as Spencerport extended its unbeaten streak to 38 with a 4-0 shutout of Webster Schroeder in girls soccer Tuesday.

   The Rangers, top-ranked in Class A and defending New York State Public High School Athletic Association champions, are 14-0-1 this fall and 35-0-3 since the start of last season. Schroeder is ranked ninth in Class AA.

   "This team, coming off last year's success, just knows hopefully how to pace themselves and our best game is going to be our last game," coach Jamie Schneider told the Democrat and Chronicle. "Right now on both sides of the ball defensively and offensively, they're playing well."

   The Rangers have another test Thursday against Victor, 16th in the most recent Class AA rankings.

   Coykendall, a Northwestern University recruit in lacrosse, scored her 21st goal of the season in the ninth minute and assisted in 35th to build a 2-0 lead.

   More girls soccer: Chloe DeLyser scored three goals to go over 50 for the season and Marion downed North Rose-Wolcott 4-1. The junior has 52 goals for the season and 160 in her career, third in Section 5 history.

   Boys soccer: A successful penalty kick by Bo BenYehuda with three seconds left capped a frantic last-minute rally that gave Westhill a 2-1 victory over Marcellus in a battle of state-ranked Class B teams.

   Westhill is ranked sixth and Marcellus 10th according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Just 23 seconds before the penalty kick, Jack Grooms tied the score. Marcellus had gone ahead on a David Bosak goal with 12 minutes to play.

    • Bethlehem sent Shenendehowa, ranked 14th in Class AA, to its third loss in five games by virtue of a 2-1 victory. Senior midfielder Killian Ryan's second goal of the game, seven minutes after intermission, broke a 1-1 tie.

   Bethlehem, mired in a 1-3-2 funk the last two weeks of September, is on a three-game winning streak by a combined 18-3 margin.

   "We definitely went through a rough stretch there in the middle of the season, but we're out to show everyone we're still a strong program," senior goalie Ryan Henning told The Times Union. "We're still a title contender."

   Bethlehem and Shenendehowa shared the 2016 Section 2 title, but the Eagles advanced to the state playoffs on penalty kicks.

   Football: York/Pavilion snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 38-22 victory over Perry/Mount Morris. Sebastian Hackett rushed 22 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns.


   Lawsuit threatened: The Minnesota State High School League is facing a Nov. 3 deadline to change a rule prohibiting boys from competing on varsity dance squads or be taken to federal court.

   The dispute stems from a competition last December in Duluth in which Kaiden Johnson was told at the last minute football site

that he could not participate alongside the rest of the Superior (Wis.) High squad.

   "I felt useless," he told the lawyers from the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing him. "All that work I put in was wasted."

   The Pacific Legal Foundation contends the MSHSL rule is un- constitutional discrim- ination based on sex and a violation of Johnson's right to equal protection.

   In May, an official with the Minnesota High School Dance Team Association told a local television station that the rule was a consequence of Title IX measures meant to protect girls on athletic teams. Girls-only teams count towards balancing out boys teams under Title IX, the official said.

   Investigation confirmed: The Kentucky High School Athletic Assoc- iation is investigating alleged recruiting vio- lations by Bowling Green High en route to its first boys state basketball title last season.

   The allegations are part of a lawsuit filed last week by LaVonda Johnson, who was fired over the summer from her position as the girls basketball coach.

   D.G. Sherrill, the boys coach and AD last season, resigned in June to take a position within the Bowling Green Independent School District. A district superintendent said school officials have not been contacted by the KHSAA regarding the alleged violations.

   KHSAA communications director Joe Angolia confirmed a review is in progress.

   Earlier today: I posted a preview of Thursday's NYSPHSAA Executive Committee meeting in Troy. There will be votes taken on numerous proposals.

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