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Saturday, March 3, 2018: Regis boys knock off defending Federation champ

   Leading off today: Regis made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and edged defending Federation champion LaSalle Academy 44-42 in the CHSAA boys Class B basketball final Friday.

   LaSalle was ranked No. 1 in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Regis was unranked.

   Regis had gone just 2-for-15 on 3-pointers until hitting four of seven attempts in the fourth quarter. LaSalle had carried a 34-30 lead into the final eight minutes, but Regis rattled off 12 straight points to go up 42-34.

   Liam Gallagher led the winners with 11 points. Korey Williams led LaSalle with 18.

   College decision: Archbishop Stepinac standout shooting guard Alan Griffin announced on Twitter that he will continue his basketball career at the University of Illinois next season.

   Griffin's other offers included Minnesota, Rutgers and St. John's. The son of former Chicago Bulls and current Oklahoma City assistant Adrian Griffin cited his father's relationship with Illini assistant Orlando Antigua -- who was first-team all-state for St. Raymond's in 1991 -- as a factor in picking the Big Ten program.

   "I really wanted to try to get back home and play. I really liked playing in Chicago, and just being two hours away from where I used to live will be really nice," Griffin said.

   State title for Lydon: Shenendehowa senior Nick Lydon capped his high school career with a state diving championship at Nassau County Aquatic Center.

   Lydon scored 559.25 points to complete his progression through the years. He had finished 10th as a freshman, sixth as a sophomore and third last year. Earlier this season, Lydon set the state 11-dive record with a score of 661.75.

   Dan Alaimo of Clarkstown was second (516.45).

   Following up: There are still some unanswered questions, but The Daily News in Batavia did additional reporting on the story I mentioned Thursday about a court reinstating a Red Creek basketball player after she had been assessed a one-game suspension for being ejected from the Section 5 quarterfinals.

   Clearing up one aspect of the initial story that didn't seem to make sense, it was a State Supreme Court justice in Rochester rather than a judge presiding over a town court who granted the stay on behalf of Red Creek freshman Isabella Wilbur.

   Red Creek Superintendent David Sholes stood behind the decision to ask a court to intervene, saying Wilbur was disqualified unfairly by the official working the game.

   "I've always addressed and emphasized to our student-athletes the importance of appropriate behavior and sportsmanship within our programs," he said. "This is the first time in all those years I have disagreed with an official in regards to what happened. I do not believe our student-athlete, in this case, was treated fairly by that official."

   Sholes was at the game and viewed video afterward.


   "Nothing our student-athlete did warranted that disqualification, nothing," Sholes said. "The real problem I have with this entire situation is there is no appeal process, and I think that's wrong. In my opinion, that's the real issue here."

   Byron-Bergen coach Rick Krzewinski, whose team lost the game in question, believes the official got the call correct, but he also pointed to bigger issues that have concerned administrators and officials for years.

   "I think this sends a bad message and opens up a can of worms," he told the paper. "I'm sure it was the girl's parents who filed the injunction so she could play. Ejection and a suspension for the next game is a black and white rule that has been there forever. How a judge can allow her to play is another question. Bottom line, it's telling a kid, 'You were

wrong, but we'll fight it so you can play.' That is not a good life lesson."

   Add to that the implications of the message that gets sent when officials' judgment is called into question on the basis of video evidence that could be incomplete or misleading.

   "As administrators of sport we have to trust in their calls," Byron-Bergen AD Rich Hannan said. "We may not always agree and that's OK. But this is the heart of athletics. Players play, coaches coach, officials administer the rules of the sport. Fans cheer. When we find a way to circumvent that system we have failed that particular sport and athlete or all athletes involved."

   More reading: I managed to weave Major League Baseball spring training, betting on jai-alai and the a legendary Big East basketball player into my column this week on

   If you've never heard of the "Pearl Washington Rule" and how it pertained to the state's high school basketball playoffs, you'll want to give it a read.

   Tundo retires: Orchard Park's Gene Tundo, who had relinquished boys lacrosse responsibilities two seasons ago, has now stepped down as football coach as well.

   His Quakers captured New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2011 and also played in the final in 2012.

   He won 24 Section 6 lacrosse championships and 12 more in 24 seasons in football.

   Chief among the reasons for leaving is his desire to spend more time with family. Tundo has three adult children and five grandchildren.

   "Preparing for the football season nowadays is almost a 10-12 month position," Tundo told The Buffalo News. "I do want spend more time with the family. If you go (to work) at 7 o'clock and get home at 7 o'clock 10 months out of the year, it doesn't leave a whole lot of time for anything else.

   "I don't have a plan for the future, but my plan is definitely to spend some more time with my family. There are probably things I have to figure out still."

   Tundo plans to continue teaching and coaching the girls indoor and outdoor track teams.

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