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Saturday, June 2, 2018: Finals set in NYSPHSAA tennis tournament

   Leading off today: Oyster Bay senior Patrick Maloney and Geneva sophomore Ryan Fishback will meet for the singles championship Saturday in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association buys tennis tournament.

   Maloney recovered from a slow start to earn a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ethan Jacobs of Clarkstown North in the semifinals Friday at the USTA National Tennis Center.

   "It was a tough match and it took long for me to end it," Maloney said. "He saved three match points and then a couple more on his serve and then finally I was able to close it out. I think the match being tough to the end will help prepare me even more for the final."

   Fishback, a semifinalist a year ago, defeated Liam Krall of Bronxville 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.

   The doubles final will match Charlie Levinson and Connor Aylett of Mamaroneck against Luke Smith and Nikolay Sahakyan of Scarsdale. The Mamaroneck tandem scored a 6-4, 6-2 win in the semifinals over 2017 tournament finalists Kenta Togo and Spencer Lowitz of Horace Greeley.

   Marathon victory: Cade Dick delivered a bases-loaded single to score Sam Murphy as top-seeded St. Joe's edged Lancaster St. Mary's 3-2 in 14 innings Friday in the Monsignor Martin baseball semifinals.

   It was the completion of a game suspended by bad weather Thursday in the fifth inning and gave St. Joe's a 2-1 series victory and a place in the finals against St. Francis beginning Monday at Coca-Cola Field. St. Mary's was leading 2-1 when the contest was suspended, and Nick Falbo drove in the trying run Friday in the sixth inning.

   Murphy led off the 14th with a single. A pair of walks loaded the bases for Dick with one out.

   Alex Repczynski scattered two hits and struck out five over five innings of work to pick up the win following four innings of one-hit relief by Alex D'Anniballe.

   CHSAA boys golf: Connor MacDonald of St. Joe's fired a 72 to win the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association championship Friday at James Baird State Park in Poughkeepsie.

   Jacob Mertz of St. Joe's was the 2017 tournament champion.

   Alumni news: Yale captain Ben Reeves, a 2014 graduate of Palmyra-Macedon, was presented the men's Tewaaraton Award as the best player in college lacrosse on Thursday night in Washington, D.C.

   Former West Babylon star Sam Apuzzo of Boston College won the women's Tewaaraton Award.

   Reeves capped his college career with a goal and three assists in a 13-11 victory over Duke on Monday for the NCAA Division I championship. He finished the season with 62 goals and 53 assists.

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   Reeves played five seasons at Pal-Mac, scoring 278 goals and registering 307 assists.

   Apuzzo led Boston College to an undefeated regular season and a place in the NCAA championship game. She led the Eagles in goals (88), assists (41) and draw controls (163).

   At West Babylon, she tallied 375 goals in five seasons, including 107 as a senior.

   More reading: Wednesday was decision day for college basketball players contemplating staying in the NBA draft. There are more decisions ahead next week -- for both college and high school players -- when Major League Baseball conducts its draft.

  

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       Thursday note: Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland won the 3,000 meters in 9:15.20 in Section 1's state track and field qualifier. The performance destroyed the sectional mark of 9:28.60 set by former Bronxville star Mary Cain.

       It was the fifth-fastest outdoor 3,000 ever run by a high school girl in the country and just 1.23 seconds off the state mark by Cornwall's Aisling Cuffe.

       On the move: Buffalo East's Willard Anderson, the New York State Sportswriters Association boys basketball player of the year in Class D, will continue his basketball career at Iowa Western Community College, blogger Chad Andrews tweeted this week.

       Anderson averaged 25.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.1 rebounds for the NYSPHSAA tournament champions.

        • Roddy Gayle Jr., the Section 6 Class AA tournament MVP this past winter as an eighth-grader, will transfer from Niagara Falls to Lewiston-Porter.

       Gayle averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Wolverines last season in garnering 10th-team all-state honors.

       Settlement for dumb move: A Louisiana football coach who was taken from the field in handcuffs during a playoff game in one of the stupidest disputes ever has accepted a $25,000 settlement to resolve a lawsuit against the school district that arrested him.

       Former Live Oak (La.) coach Barry Musemeche agreed to the settlement with the Bossier Parish schools.

       According to the lawsuit, there was a miscommunication about when the Parkway High band would play, and Musemeche was using the time for his players' warm-up. Then-principal Nicole Bourgeois of Parkway told him get off the field and for an officer to "cuff him" after he declined to comply.

       Musemeche later sued Bourgeois, the school system and police department. Bossier schools' attorney said the settlement contains no admission of fault.

       Uh-oh: Five months after they found cracks in their $69.9 million football stadium, McKinney (Texas) ISD officials received confirmation that cracks in their new football stadium will be repaired at no cost to the district.

       "We promised our community a first-class facility, and that is what we intend to deliver, even if it takes a little longer than expected," Superintendent Rick McDaniel said. "This project will serve our community for the next 50-plus years, so the long-term durability and integrity of the project is paramount."

       Officials at the Texas Board of Professional Engineers said they will open a case looking into defects at the 12,000-seat stadium in order to collect information to determine if any party violated state engineering regulations.


      
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