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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2018: Maple Grove names replacement coach in basketball

   Leading off today: Rob Collver is the new boys basketball coach at Maple Grove following the resignation of Curt Fischer last week.

   Collver, a teacher in the Frewsburg school district, held his first practice with the team Wednesday. Maple Grove plays Chautauqua on Friday.

   "We are very pleased for our student-athletes that a coach with Rob's wealth of experience and track record of success will be guiding the team through the remainder of the season," Superintendent Mike Mansfield said.

   Collver led the Panama varsity girls for seven years and Frewsburg girls junior varsity for three seasons.

   Maple Grove is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, including four since Fischer stepped down.

   The Post-Journal reported that Fischer's son Zach has transferred to Chautauqua Lake and is awaiting approval from Section 6 to play basketball there.

   Milestone victories: Watertown Immaculate Heart Central boys basketball coach Michael Delaney won his 500th career game Wednesday with a 49-33 victory over Belleville Henderson.

   Delaney is also a member of the 500-win club in baseball, capturing his 500th victory in 2013.

    • Mount Vernon's Bob Cimmino won his 500th boys basketball game Tuesday with a 72-68 victory over Scarsdale. His record with the Knights is 500-93 in 24 seasons.

    • Skaneateles boys ice hockey coach Mitch Major picked u his 300th win when the Lakers defeated Oswego 6-2 Wednesday.

   Girls hockey: Gabby DeMeo scored only goal at 13:40 of the second period as first-place Frontier/Lancaster/Orchard Park defeated Monsignor Martin 1-0 in a matchup of Western New York's top teams.

   Maggie Spyche made 13 saves for the winners.

   Wrestling breakthrough: Minisink Valley sophomore Mia Macaluso became the first Section 9 girl to win an individual tournament title with a pin in 49 seconds in the final of the Gene Brigham Invitational on Saturday.

   She was swamped with congratulatory phone calls and messages from other female competitors in the days that followed.

   "They are all younger girls," Macaluso said. "They look up to me."

   Macaluso, a three-year varsity wrestler at Minisink Valley, rallied from a 9-0 deficit in the quarterfinals to win by a pin.

   "You better be ready to wrestle for six minutes against Mia," coach Kevin Gallagher said. "It doesn't matter if she gets behind or not because she is going to fight the entire

match. She's just tough."

   Contract stalemate: Raises for Section 1 high school referees and umpires will be delayed until at least next fall following an impasse in negotiations between section and the assorted officials associations.

   The previous agree- ment between Section 1 and all of the officials associations expired last summer. Negotiations reached an impasse in late November, resulting in terms from the expired pact being carried over for the current school year.

   The Journal News reported the sticking point was the issue of turn-back fees for officials who accept an assignment, but then renege on them.

   Dave Greiner, who serves as the lead negotiator on behalf of the referees, said that the officials are willing to accept a $10 penalty for assignments turned back a game within 72 hours of the contest but that Section 1 pushed for a penalty of 50 percent of the game fee for referees who turned back games within 24 hours, which could be a penalty of as much of $55.

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