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Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018: S-WR's Millheiser steps down as football coach

   Leading off today: Shoreham-Wading River football coach Matt Millheiser, who guided the team to a record-tying three straight Long Island Championships beginning in 2014, has resigned.

   Millheiser confirmed his decision in a text message to the Riverhead News-Review.

   AD Mark Passamonte told the paper Millheiser has two young daughters and had talked before about stepping aside out of consideration of family time.

   Three straight Long Island titles followed by a 7-3 mark this fall left Millheiser with a 61-22 record for eight seasons.

   "He obviously took the program to an unbelievable level," Passamonte said.

    • Batavia Notre Dame announced that Rick Mancuso has retirement as the football coach. Mancuso, a 1976 graduate of the school, began coaching the JVs in 1981 and replaced Bill Sutherland as the varsity coach in 2005.

   Mancuso also coached the softball team to a NYSPHSAA championship in 2012.

   Dobbs Ferry coach steps down: Dobbs Ferry girls basketball coach Erik Bartell has resigned after 11 years, citing "personal reasons," The Journal News reported.

   AD Andrew Klaich said Stephanie (Cleary) Mills will serve as interim head coach. Dobbs Ferry postponed its scheduled game Friday against Irvington to Jan. 19.

   Bartell most recently led the team to a Section 1 Class B final in 2014, knocking off four-time defending state champion Irvington in the semifinals.

   Cleary scored 2,155 points in her playing career at Tappan Zee through 2001, then went on to put up 1,866 points at Ithaca College.

   Milestone victory: Lanasia Dorsey's free throw with :17 left gave Kingston girls basketball coach Steve Garner his 400th career victory Friday as the Tigers edged Pine Bush 40-39.

   Garner is 400-231 in 31 seasons with the Tigers.

   Girard tearing it up: Junior guard Joe Girard III scored 59 points, one short of his school record, to lead Glens Falls to a 104-71 boys basketball victory over Broadalbin-Perth.

   It was the second straight night and fourth game in a row that Girard scored 50 or more points. It was also Girard's fifth 50-plus game of the season and the sixth of his career.

   Girard made 11 3-pointers, giving him 23 in a two-day stretch. He now has 2,751 points for his career.

   More boys basketball: Junior Mason Flatley led the way with 23 points and 15 rebounds as Lake George, top-ranked in Class C, scored a 94-51 rout of Aryle, the state's No. 9 Class D team.

   Chris Becker chimed in with 22 points and nine rebounds.

   Girls basketball: Cicero-North Syracuse, ranked fifth in the state in Class AA, took its first loss of the season by a 52-34 margin against Chicago Whitney Young in the Rose Classic Super Classic in Brooklyn. The Northstars were led by Amani Free with 15 points.

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   Weather woes: Much of the left side of the state locked its doors and rolled up the sidewalks Friday afternoon in anticipation of a storm system that dumped a foot or more of snow across wide stretches of the region.

   Conditions to the east and south presented entirely different problems.

   Slick floor conditions caused by the combination of a humid, foggy night and a warm gym created issues in

  
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several venues as basketball was hijacked by what must have felt like hockey on slick floors.

   The Cambridge girls game at Tamarac was one casualty. The game was stopped midway through the first quarter and will be continued Monday. The South Glens Falls at Schuylerville boys game likewise was postponed by slick floor conditions.

   Meanwhile, Lake George's girls game at Argyle was thwarted by a leak in the gym roof, The Post-Star reported.

   "We've had a game canceled because it was too cold and a game canceled because it was too warm -- and it's an indoor sport," Cambridge coach Tony Bochette said with a laugh. "So I'm confused."

   Similar atmospheric challenges led to the postponement of the Staten Island boys game between St. Joseph-by-the-Sea and Moore Catholic.

   Hockey: Suffern, which checked into the state Division I rankings at No. 15 this week, scored a 5-0 win over No. 6 Mamaroneck to break a six-game losing streak in the head-to-head series.

   Evan Cama scored twice during a four-goal outburst in the second period.

   "We had to get this one," Cama said. "We really wanted this game, a lot, especially coming into our house after not beating them in so long. Words can't even describe how much we wanted this game."

   Back on the court: Sophomore Taylor Way's basket during the fourth quarter of DeRuyter's 48-25 girls basketball victory against McGraw on Wednesday was no ordinary bucket.

   Way, a point guard who also plays soccer and softball, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma last February and hadn't appeared in a game since.    Way entered the game in the first half to loud cheers from fans of both teams, Syracuse.com reported.    "I know she had a little smirk on her face and she was excited she scored.," coach Jared Tiffin said. "It was loud. It's just touching. ... She gave the little smirk, went down (the court) and played some defense."


  
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