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Wednesday, April 25, 2018: West Canada Valley junior fans everyone

   Leading off today: Junior Jordyn Conte struck out all 15 Old Forge batters she faced as she pitched a five-inning perfect game in West Canada Valley's 19-0 win Tuesday.

   Conte was a third-team all-state selection last spring. She has allowed six hits and two walks in 17 innings this season while striking out 40 batters.

   Maggie Burdick, Kyleigh Gage and Jordan Brelinsky each drove in three runs for the Indians, who benefited from nine walks and five hit batsmen.

   More pitching standouts: Senior right-hander Chris Swiatek struck out 18 Cleveland Hill batters to tie the Lackawanna single-game record in a 1-0 baseball win in eight innings.

   Lackawanna won in the bottom of the eighth on a passed ball after a walk to Zack Pellinger and Swiatek's double.

   Swiatek allowed two hits. Cleveland Hill's Brett Kochanski and David Grant combined for 14 strikeouts in a two-hitter.

    • Palmyra-Macedon eighth-grader Paul Goodness threw a five-inning no-hitter Saturday in a 22-0 rout of Rochester Edison. Goodness struck out six and walked three.

   Wrestling coach passes away: Walt Whitman wrestling coach Vincent Altebrando died Friday at Stony Brook University Hospital. He was 51.

   Altebrando, a state-tournament runner-up for Newfield in 1984 and a standout football player, coached at Whitman for 24 years, earning 213 dual-meet wins and three league titles. He was presented the sportsmanship award at this year's Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association banquet.

   "He was a guy that cared for all the kids," Whitman AD Jim Wright said. "He made a huge difference in our community. I think the true measure of a person's life is how many lives they touch. And his were countless."

   College decisions: Long Island Lutheran senior basketball player Frankie Policelli will continue his career next fall at the University of Dayton.

   Policelli, a 6-foot-9 forward who transferred from New Hartford last summer, ha more than a dozen offers, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers and Washington.


   "I would like to thank everyone that helped me along this journey since I was a kid," he wrote on social media. "This process was very hard and there were a lot of ups and downs. The people closest to me helped me remain humble and focused through it all."

    • Orion Anderson, a three-time state champion for Schuylerville, will continue his wrestling career at Maryland.

   Anderson, who reached four straight state finals, finished his career with a school-record 185 wins and had a 40-1 mark as a senior.


   Anderson was also fifth-team all-state in Class B football as a linebacker.

   No birdies, no eagles, but ... : By now you've heard the story and seen the pictures from an incident in Michigan in which a high school golfer was attacked on the course by a goose. Photos of the Concord High School sophomore trying to break away from the goose went viral.

   The Detroit Free Press caught up with Isaac Couling, 16, on Tuesday to get the details of what happened on the seventh hole at Wolf Creek Golf Course in Adrian, Mich.

   Couling was walking to his ball when he saw a female goose under a tree and tried to avoid her because he didn't want to rile her up.

   "And then I look behind me and there's a goose flying about five feet from me, and that's when I started sprinting," Couling said.

   Riflery, trap shooting in peril? An Assemblywoman representing the Upper West Side and parts of Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan has introduced a bill that would in effect kill the sports of rifle and trap shooting teams in New York's public schools if passed into law.

   Archery would also be affected if Bill A10428 makes it out of the Education Committee, is passed by the Assembly and Senate (which does not yet have a sponsor onboard) and then is signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

   The proposed law reads as follows:

   1. No public school shall offer marksmanship and/or shooting programs.

   2. For purposes of this section, marksmanship and/or shooting programs shall include any competitive and recreational sporting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in using various types of ranged weapons, such as firearms and air guns, in forms such as handguns, rifles and shotguns and/or bows or crossbows.

   3. This act shall take effect immediately.

   Linda B. Rosenthal, a University of Rochester graduate who represents the 67th Assembly district, was first elected to serve in Albany in 2006. She introduced her bill last Friday.

   The New York State Public High School Athletic Association conducts a regional rifle championship in the winter season each year.

   Trap shooting is poised to take a huge step forward beginning this week when 59 school teams kick off their season in the radiply expanding New York State High School Clay Target League, a club-level activity outside the authority of the NYSPHSAA.

   The NYSHSCTL projects more than 1,000 participants this spring.

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