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Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018: Tuohy crushes records en route to 5K victory

   Leading off today: The national girls high school record for the indoor 5,000-meter run has been broken at one meet or another in each of the last eight seasons. Don't figure it to happen again next winter unless Katelyn Tuohy gets bored.

   Tuohy, the North Rockland sophomore coming off an unbeaten cross country season, obliterated the record Saturday during the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University. Tuohy finished in 15:37.12 to break not only the U.S. girls high school record, but also the U.S. girls junior (under age 20) mark and set a world record for 15-year-olds.

   The previous U.S. high school record was 15:55.75 by Brie Oakley of Colorado last season. The under-20 record was 15:42.81, set in 2005 by Columbia University's Lyndsey Scherf, a Scarsdale product.

   Tuohy's time was also superior to the girls outdoor record of 15:45.46 by Bronxville's Mary Cain in 2013.

   "I went out a little fast and paid for it at the end," Tuohy said. "But, no risk, no reward."

   North Rockland coach Brian Diglio said Tuohy will now turn her attention to the Millrose Games. She ran a 4:43 mile in the trials as a freshman.

   "I'd like to go sub-4:40 at Millrose," she said.

   More indoor track: Rush-Henrietta senior Lanae-Tava Thomas broke the state record in the indoor long jump, unleashing a leap of 21-8 during a meet at Houghton College.

   Thomas, who'll attend Southern Cal in the fall, eclipsed the mark of 21-1.25 by Uniondale's Keyon Soley in 1997.

   Thomas uncorked a 22-11 leap last summer at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Lawrence, Kan. She's within range of the U.S. high school outdoor record of 22-5 by Kate Hall of Maine in 2015.

   Eligibility issue in PSAL: Abraham Lincoln boys basketball coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton says he was informed Friday that three of his players are deemed ineligible to play until a PSAL investigation into the circumstances surrounding their transfers is completed.

   The players in question are highly recruited senior K.C. Ndefo, averaging a double-double in the Brooklyn Class AA league. Also sidelines are senior guard Terrance Roberts and junior forward Phillip Harris.

   The Railsplitters are ranked third in the state by the NYSSWA.

   Morton told he is considering resigning.

   "I think it's personal toward me," he said. "They gave me no reason and there is no investigation that I know of."

   Ex-PSAL gridder killed in N.C.: A Winston-Salem State football player out of Brooklyn was shot and killed at an on-campus party at Wake Forest University early Saturday.

   Najee Ali Baker, a 21-year-old linebacker, was shot at a party kicking off the new semester.


   Winston Salem Police had not made an arrest as of Sunday afternoon.

   Baker played two varsity seasons at Abraham Lincoln and then one year at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., before arriving at Winston-Salem State.

   Top-ranked team falls: Junior guards Daniel Scott and Noah Hutchins paced No. 11 Park School to a 77-69 win over top-ranked Canisius in a Western New York battle of state-ranked Class A teams.

   Scott scored 16 of his game-high 25 points during the first half to help build a 40-29 advantage. Hutchins added 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ryan Bradley led Canisius with 22 points and eight rebounds.

   Girls basketball: No. 1 Susquehanna Valley opened up a nine-point lead at the half and defeated No. 17 South Jefferson in an intersectional game between state-ranked Class B teams. Hannah Haskell had 12 and Alexis Drake scored 13 points apiece.

   Paige Leonard scored 28 points to lead Indian River to a 53-50 victory over Westhill, rated third in Class B.

   Milestone for Hair: Meg Hair's 3-point basket with 2:11 left in the first half made the senior Jamesville-DeWitt's career scoring leader.

   Hair broke the mark of 1,531 by Amy LaCombe, a 1986 graduate, by finishing with 19 points during a 67-34 victory over Oswego.

   LaCombe, professor of the practice at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, is a former boys JV coach at J-D. She made the trip to from Massachusetts to be on hand for Hair's milestone.

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