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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2017: J-D girls advance with another shutout

   Leading off today: Lainey Foti and Hayley Quackenbush scored second-half goals and Jamesville-DeWitt posted its 16th shutout of the season during a 2-0 girls soccer victory vs. Scotia-Glenville in the NYSPHSAA girls soccer first round Tuesday.

   It was the first loss of the season for Scotia-Glenville (17-1).

   Both goals, including Quackenbush's first of the season, came off of corner kicks to highlight the Red Rams' 12th straight win.

   Milestone victory: Wheatland-Chili girls soccer coach Gary Ward won his 500th game in a 2-0 victory over Arkport in Section 5's Class D state qualifier.

   Niyah Rosado scored in the ninth minute and assisted on Hannah Callaghan's goal in the 68th for the defending NYSPHSAA champions.

   Boys soccer: Dylan Duffy's go-ahead goal with just over four minutes left gave McQuaid a 2-1 win over Hilton for the Section 5 Class AA championship. The Knights are top-ranked in the state.

   Dan Malloy had given McQuaid the lead just 45 seconds into the contest, but the Cadets answered midway through the first half when Adam Wuest converted a penalty kick after being taken down in the box.

    • Center Moriches (18-0) remained Long Island's only undefeated and untied boys side, beating Wheatley 4-1 for the island's Class B championship. Eric Amaya scored a pair of goals to lead the way and Ben Hamilton assisted twice in the second half to overcome a 1-0 deficit.

   Change of plans: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced changes to the girls soccer final four schedule Nov. 11-12 in anticipation of SUNY Cortland possibly being awarded hosting rights to NCAA Division III contests in field hockey and men's soccer that weekend.

   As a result, the Class AA semifinals will be the only games held on the college campus. Cortland and Homer high schools will host the remaining 13 contests, with some times also adjusted from the original schedule.

   Coaching census: The Poughkeepsie Journal went through the list of head coaches for fall sports at schools in its coverage area and found men holding down 60 percent of the top varsity jobs.

   In fact, the paper reported there were more than 400 varsity head coaches in the mid-Hudson Valley over the past year, but only 29 percent were women at a time when females account for nearly half of all scholastic athletes. The sports
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  • that have the highest percentage of female coaches are those that are predominantly played only by girls, such as field hockey, volleyball and cheerleading.

       "It's hard to put your finger on it, but coaching had always been a traditional man's job," Highland boys soccer coach Terri Cilento said. "I don't see myself as a female coach or a male coach. I'm just a coach. My philosophy is, if you're a coach, you know what you're doing and you can do it, in this day and age, there is no reason not to."

       A study conducted last year by the Alliance of Women Coaches and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport showed the number of female coaches in select NCAA Division I sports has lost ground historically. In 1972, when Title IX was implemented, females coached more than 90 percent of women's intercollegiate teams. The figure fell to just 41 percent last year.

       What ?!?!?!? A 17-year-old football player in Arkansas got around his ineligibility to play football by getting married.

       The unidentified running back at Mountain Pine (Ark.) was a transfer students initially ruled ineligible by the Arkansas Activities Association. He then married a student who was already attending the school, and also moved in with her parents, KATV-TV reported.

       Mountain Pine went winless in 2016 and lost its 2017 opener without the player. Since joining the team, he has rushed for over 100 yards per game, scoring 16 touchdowns during a seven-game winning streak.

       "We're in the participation business," said Lance Taylor, executive director of the Arkansas Activities Association. "So, we try to get kids eligible as long as they meet the rules that all students have to meet in our state.'

       The families declined interviews.


      
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