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Monday, Feb. 12, 2018: FLOP wins girls hockey regional championship

   Leading off today: The Frontier/Orchard Park/Lake Shore girls hockey team -captured Section 6's first NYSPHSAA regional championship Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Salmon River in Oswego.

   Sophomore defenseman Brooke Becker scored a pair of goals to go along with the two she registered Saturday in a 6-3 win against defending state champion Skaneateles in the semifinals.

   "We came out flying and we did everything we've been working so hard the entire season to do," Becker

said. "I was really impressed with how we played. We were relentless."

   FLOP was already ahead 2-0 when Emily Kromer scored the back-breaker with :04.5 to play in the second period. Kromer had also scored twice in the semifinals.

   FLOP returns to action Thursday as it begins the Western New York Federation playoffs as the top seed.

   No longer perfect: The Tamarac girls basketball team roared back from a 17-point deficit to hand Cambridge its first loss of the season, 61-51 in the inaugural Wasaren League championship game.

   Tamarac entered the game ranked sixth in Class B. Cambridge was No. 2 in Class C.

   Emily Erickson paced the winners with 29 points. Lilly Phillips led Cambridge with 20 points.

   "You hate to lose, but it's better to lose now than the next game, or we're one-and-done," Indians coach Tony Bochette

said. "It's a long grind to go 20 games without losing. It's very tough to do."

   Cambridge jumped out with a 14-3 run to start the game, including three 3-pointers by freshman Sophie Phillips. Tamarac outscored Cambridge 15-3 in the second quarter, including a 13-0 run.

   Wrestling: North Babylon junior Sean Carter avenged a loss from last weekend by knocking off a defending state champion in the Section 11 Division I state wrestling qualifier at Suffolk County Community College.

   Carter defeated Half Hollow Hills West senior Dylan Ryder 2-1 in the 113-pound final to complete a run of four victories over sectional place-winners and five triumphs overall as he emerged from the outbracket. Ryder had been undefeated this season.

   "I knew I was wrestling the best guy out there," Carter said. "But I had to believe in myself or there was no chance."

   Quite the comeback: The Democrat and Chronicle did a feature last week on Bishop Kearney freshman point guard Marianna Freeman, who is one of Section 5's best players just 18 months removed from emergency brain surgery.

   In June 2016, Dr. Edward Vates removed a six-centimeter abscess on the front left side of Freeman's brain after she had endured repeated seizures four days earlier.

   "Within the 10 to 15 minutes she was (in the emergency room) before I got to see her she went from very sick to nearly dying," Vates said. "If it had been another 30 minutes more or an hour she could have easily suffered irreversible brain damage or even died."

   Her recovery was understandably slow at first, but she picked up momentum in a hurry, regaining weight lost during a long period of illness leading up to the surgery. She's averaging 12.7 points, 3.7 steals and 3.7 assists this season.

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