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Friday, Nov. 17, 2017: Miller Place, Seaford to play in L.I. title game

   Leading off today: Anthony Seymour scored on a 3-yard run with 21 seconds to play on Thursday, giving Miller Place a 33-25 win over top-seeded Babylon in the Suffolk Division IV football championship game.

   "I was going to do whatever it took to get into the end zone," Seymour said. "Coach put the ball in my hand, had faith in me and I had faith in myself. I crossed the goal line and it was just a surreal moment."

   Seymour followed up his TD by connecting with Tom Nealis in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion.

   Babylon had tied the game early in the fourth quarter on Joe Rende's 3-yard throw to Justin Vega.

   Miller Place will advance to the Long Island championship against Seaford at Hofstra University on Nov. 24.

   Seaford won the Nassau IV title for the eighth time with a 21-0 win against Cold Spring Harbor as the defense rang up five takeaways. Joe Angelastro ran for a pair of short touchdowns.

   The Seahawks turned the ball over on the second play of their first possession. Ryan Butler recovered the fumble at the Cold Spring Harbor 18, and Tyler Volpi (26 carries, 133 yards) scored from the 3-yard line three plays later.

   On its first possession after halftime, Cold Spring Harbor drove 15 plays in 9:50 to the Seaford 6 only to have Seaford's Sean Allen recover a fumble.

   Coach hailed as hero: Jeff Michael, a history teacher and hockey coach at Pearl River and varsity football coach at Valhalla, may have saved a woman's life Monday by coming to her rescue after he found her bloodied and stumbling down a nearby road.

   "She started screaming, 'He stabbed me, he stabbed me. He's going to kill me,'" Michael said. "She said, 'Please help me.'"

   Michael, 42, was heading home when he came across the woman, who had been stabbed six times with a screwdriver. Michael gave the woman a football jersey to put pressure on her wounds and dialed 911.

   "That's when she told me that her ex-boyfriend was coming," he said. "I turn around and her ex-boyfriend drove up in a car and just kind of like came by and just started yelling stuff at us. Then he just kept going."

   Hastings-on-Hudson police said David Rojas, 38, of Yonkers was arrested on charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree attempted assault.

   "I just wasn't going to turn my back," Michael said. "What would happen if this was my daughter and I knew somebody turned their back on their daughter?"


   Following up: I linked to a column in a previous blog regarding the three NYSPHSAA soccer finals that ended with co-champions being crowned, and two others have chimed in since.

   The Times Herald-Record polled Section 9 boys soccer coaches, and seven of eight that responded were opposed to crowning co-champions.

   "I think it is absolutely ludicrous that a high school championship game can't be played to a result and I think it's an embarrassment to the sport of soccer for that rule to be in place in New York," John A. Coleman Catholic coach Tom Segreti said.


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  •    Newburgh Free Academy boys coach Matt Iorlano said a proposal 8-10 years ago would have seen a player from each team taken off the field every five minutes after the required overtime periods were exhausted.

       "I'm not sure if it reached a vote or not but it was proposed," he said. The format was used by Section 1 teams back in the 1980s.

       On the other hand, Kristen Banach was a sophomore goalkeeper for Westhill in 1993 when the Warriors won a share of a NYSPHSAA girls title and still recalls the excitement.

       "I don't remember feeling let down," she told "We had an incredible team and played our guts out."

       More soccer: Most NYSPHSAA tournaments are old enough now for comparable feats, but junior Dan Mansfield became the fourth member of his family to win a state title when the Vestal boys blanked Queensbury 4-0 last weekend.

       He joined his father Scott, a member of Vestal's 1982 state-title squad, and sisters Jen and Lissa, who won state with John Jay East Fishkill in the late 2000s.

       Off to the ACC: Auburn golfer Lindsay May, won the first of her three NYSPHSAA championships as an eighth-grader, signed a letter of intent with Clemson University this week.

       While she has one more high school season left, May is looking forward to college.

       "I'm sad that it's over because it means my high school career is almost over," May said of making the decision, "but I'm excited to start the next chapter of my life."

       More online: My weekly column on contains some notes picked up Saturday at the NYSPHSAA cross country championships.

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