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Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017: Elmira ND senior stars after father hospitalized

   Leading off today: Returning to the gym shortly after accompanying his stricken father an area hospital, senior guard Gary Raupers scored 21 points to lead Elmira Notre Dame to a 72-61 boys basketball win over Elmira Heights Edison on Tuesday.

   Gary Raupers Sr. collapsed before the junior varsity game and was rushed to a nearby hospital. Raupers Jr. and teammate Ben Cook headed to the hospital with him and returned in time for the varsity game.

   "I certainly didn't think Gary was coming and I certainly didn't think Ben was coming because Ben drove him over there and they wanted to be together," Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins told the Star-Gazette. "That's what teammates do. So we were real happy to see Gary. We all gave him a hug. He's got tears in his eyes. It was a very, very emotional night."

   Raupers hit two 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Crusaders to a 35-18 halftime lead. He added eight points in the third quarter.

   Edison senior swingman Nate Chorney scored 41 points in the loss.

    • Bloomfield edged Honeoye 101-99 in two overtimes on the strength of Pat Geitner's 50-point performance.

   Grippi reaches 200: Two-time state wrestling tournament runner-up Matt Grippi notched his 200th career win as Fox Lane defeated Arlington 49-23 in the Section I Division I dual-meet quarterfinals.

   The senior pinned Kyle Davison 45 seconds into the 160-pound match. The North Carolina State recruit improved his career record to 200-27.


   Streak snapped: Akron ended Royalton-Hartland's 12-year winning streak in boys swimming Tuesday by defeating the Rams 87-83. Roy-Hart had not lost a dual meet since 2006 and had won more than 150 consecutive dual meets en route to 12 straight Niagara-Orleans League championships.

   Andrew Buyea won the 200 and 500 freestyle events for the Tigers.

   Girls basketball: Senior guard Nora Gabel scored 50 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter, in Comsewogue's 75-58 win

over Centereach in a non-league game.

    • Pittsford Mendon, the NYSPHSAA Class A runner-up a season ago, defeated Penfield 68-62 in overtime. Freshman Lexi Green (21 points) scored 10 straight points in OT for the Vikings. The Vikings' Ellie Mooney forced the overtime with a steal and bucket with :04 to go after making a 3-pointer.

   Ex-coach cleared: Former Indian River baseball coach Lloyd Kevin Smith was found not guilty of charges related to putting one of his players in a chokehold that left the teen with a concussion.

   A LeRay Town Court jury came back in less than 30 minutes with a not guilty verdict on charges of second-degree reckless endan- germent and endan- gering the welfare of a child in connection with the April 7 incident, which was captured on school surveillance video.

   "The video showed it was a consensual act between two people. It was an accident," said Anthony M. Neddo, Smith's attorney. "It was unfortunate it occurred, but it was not a crime."

   The MMA-style chokehold took place after the student asked about ways to counter such a move. Video shown in court during the two-day trial showed the pair moving awkwardly and the teen crumpling to the ground, his head hitting a glass and metal door.

   Impending milestone: Keshequa girls basketball coach Pete Piraino will go for career win No. 500 on Wednesday against Letchworth.

   Piraino, who retired as a physical education teacher three years ago, is in his 38th season on the bench. His teams have won six Section 5 championships, including four since 2008.

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