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Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018: Comerford starting new Sec. 6 football team

   Leading off today: Charlie Comerford is returning to the football sidelines as the coach of a start-up program that will begin play next fall.

   The former Bishop Timon-St. Jude AD and football coach has been serving as the athletic director at Western New York Maritime Charter School this school year. That school and Health Sciences will form a combined football program that will start out with just a varsity team, The Buffalo News reported.

   "I don't know what to expect," Comerford said. "With the merger and being brand new, I'm sure we'll take some lumps. There'll be some growing pains and logistical issues most schools don't have to worry about. But I think once we get past the first year, get past the funding and operational aspects, it'll all get in line."

   The program does not have a home field at the moment. A field house is slated for construction at Maritime Middle School this summer, and Comerford says the hope is to add a football field with bleachers and lights at that site down the road.

   Comerford, a star athlete as a Timon students, took over the football program at his alma mater in 2011 and was named AD the following year. He resigned from both posts last summer after Principal Michele Battin's contract was not renewed.

   Not exactly a surprise: North Rockland sophomore Katelyn Tuohy has been named Gatorade's New York girls cross country runner of the year.

   Tuohy completed a perfect season by placing first at the Nike Cross Nationals last month in Portland, Ore. Tuohy also won the NYSPHSAA Class A championship and the title at the Federation meet.

   Section 1 says uh-uh again: Section 1 reaffirmed its decision to pull its basketball tournaments out of the Westchester County Center, with the Executive Committee rejecting a recommendation by the Athletic Council to restore a slate of semifinal games there.

   A statement e-mailed from Executive Director Jennifer Simmons to school administrators Monday afternoon said Section 1 would host its boys and girls semifinals at the higher-seeded schools, The Journal News reported.

    • Earlier Monday, Section 1 went to state Supreme Court in White Plains to seek dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the local boys and girls coaches' associations. The motion stated that because coaches are not "members of Section I, they do not have a specific right to challenge the alleged violation of the Section's Constitution."

   Milestone: Spackenkill girls basketball coach Don Neise won his 300th game with a 59-45 victory over Ellenville. Issy Herrera scored 22 points.


   Boys basketball: Larry Moreno scored a school-record 51 points for Brooklyn Law & Technology in a 104-44 victory against Automotive.

    • C.G. Finney senior guard Max Harris made six 3-pointers Monday to climb to 304 for his career. Harris finished with 18 points as the Falcons defeated East Rochester 61-46.

   Girls volleyball: Winless Belleville Henderson won the first set, but Blessed Virgin Mary rallied to a 19-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-19 victory.

   The match was the last in Panthers program history, as Belleville Henderson will instead field a girls basketball team next winter.

   Wrestling: Fresh off participation in the NYSPHSAA Division I wrestling dual-meet championships, No. 8 Hilton downed No. 6 Fulton 41-21.

   Coach of unbeaten teams dies: Terry Ransbury, who coached Silver Creek, Jamestown and Clarence football teams to unbeaten seasons in the 1960s, died Jan. 15 in North Carolina at the age of 89.

   After a winless first season at Silver Creek, his football teams went 20-3 over the next three years and then undefeated in 1961. He also compiled a 64-4 mark in five basketball seasons and had an unbeaten baseball team in 1961.

   His 1964 football team at Jamestown and 1966 squad at Clarence also went undefeated.

   He went on to serve on the football and basketball staffs at the University at Buffalo and returned to coach at Clarence in the mid-1980s.

   Millrose fields: Thirteen New York competitors have been selected for the Millrose Games high school miles on Saturday.

   The boys are Mason Gatewood (St. Anthony's), Matthew Payamps (St. Anthony's), Shea Weilbaker (Saratoga), Greg Fusco (Somers), Maazin Ahmed (Schenectady) and Isaiah Claiborne (Northport). In addition, former Carthage standout Sam Affolder, now attending school in Loudoun Valley, Va., will also compete.

   The girls are Katelyn Tuohy (North Rockland), Kelsey Chmiel (Saratoga), Katherine Lee (Shoreham-Wading River), Reilly Siebert (Syosset), Lily Flynn (Ursuline), Sarah Trainor (Hyde Park FDR) and Brooke Rauber (Tully).

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