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Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Pleasantville's Reda breaks Sec. 1 goal record

   Leading off today: Pleasantville senior attackman Brian Reda scored eight goals Monday to become the all-time Section 1 leader in that category for boys lacrosse.

   He ended the day at 254 career goals, eclipsing the mark set by Henry Grass of Bronxville in 2015.

   Pleasantville, top-ranked in Class D by the New York State Sportswriters Association (full rankings here) defeated Croton 19-7.

    • Klay Stuver finished with four goals and an assist as No. 17 Fairport defeated No. 12 Penfield 8-3 in Class A action in Section 5.

   Weekend softball: Corning won three five-inning games Sunday to win the championship of the 16-team James "Ace" Morabito softball tournament.

   In the championship game, Corning defeated Susquehanna Valley 4-1 as Laura Bennett and Lexie Easling combined on a no-hitter and Olivia McLellan drove in a pair of runs.

   The hawks opened the day by beating Victor 2-1 as Stephanie Lee drove in the winning run in the seventh inning. In the semifinals, Corning defeated Pearl River 6-1 as Ellie Daugherty finished with three runs batted in.

   Bennett and Susquehanna Valley's Sophia Pappas were named co-MVPs of the tournament.

   Coach dies in mishap: The body of Lancaster teacher and coach Eric Przykuta was recovered from Small Boat Harbor on Sunday morning after a boating accident, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

   Przykuta, 43, was president of the Lancaster Central Teachers Association and coached boys modified lacrosse at Lancaster Middle School.

   The Buffalo News reported three men were on a fishing boat in the harbor when the boat crashed into the breakwall late Saturday. Przykuta was not wearing a life vest, according to the Coast Guard.


   Hearing postponed: Tuesday's scheduled hearing in State Supreme Court related to the automatic suspension of a Red Creek girls basketball player didn't happen.

   Instead, the hearing has been pushed back indefinitely, Section 5 Executive Director Kathy Hoyt told the Democrat and Chronicle.

   The dispute is rooted in the lack of an appeals process for players who must serve a one-game suspension after being ejected from a game. Matt Wilbur, the father of Red Creek freshman star Izzy Wilbur, was granted a temporary injunction during the Section 5 tournament that allowed his daughter to play in a season-ending loss.


   The paper reported that Justice J. Scott Odorisi has instructed the parties to submit motions on the matter and that no new court date has been set.

   Police blotter: A former high school hockey hero and his mother stand accused of bilking an office out of more than $400,000, The Daily Gazette reported.

   Randi Smith, 53, of Amsterdam, and Dakota Smith, 23, of Saratoga Springs are accused of taking the money from the New York State Weatheri- zation Director's Associ- ation since September 2017. Randi Smith is accused of orchestrating the thefts from the non-profit's Guilderland office.

   State police arrested Dakota Smith at the Albany Airport shortly before he was to board a flight to California.

   Randi Smith faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree falsifying business records and second-degree grand larceny, felonies. Dakota Smith faces one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument related to the allegedly forged contract, and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

   When Saratoga Springs won the 2013 NYSPHSAA Division I ice hockey championship with a 5-0 victory over McQuaid, Smith stopped 17 shots for his fourth shutout in six playoff games.

   The question resurfaces: This discussion comes up at least once a year at girls lacrosse games I attend, and it's a valid question: Should the rules be changed to allow some semblance of physical play? After all, the rules in girls soccer and basketball are remarkably similar to the boys games at the same time that boys and girls versions of lacrosse are like night and day.

   The Journal News dove into the question with a story this week.

   "Put pads on them and let them play," North Rockland AD Joe Casarella said at a girls game recently.

   Mahopac coach Jim Lieto doesn't concur with that, but he does see room for compromise.

   "I'd love to see it more like soccer with body contact," Lieto said. "I'm all for you can't hit another girl with a metal stick. But allow them to bump shoulders. ... I've always thought, 'Allow more. Body-to-body, yes. Stick-to-stick, yes."

   Said Nanuet coach Michelle Esteban: "I'm OK with a little pushing, a little give-back. I'm not OK with a big girl plowing a smaller player over."

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