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Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018: Girls lacrosse all-state selections announced

   Leading off today: A pair of Long Island stars earned player of the year honors Sunday as the New York State Sportswriters Association unveiled its inaugural all-state team in girls lacrosse.

   Garden City senior Jenn Medjid was selected the large schools player of the year after finishing with 57 goals and 21 assists for the Trojans. Medjid will attend Boston College in the fall.

   Meaghan Tyrrell, a Mount Sinai senior, was selected the small schools player of the year after finishing her career with 331 points. Tyrrell, who had 59 goals and 38 assists as a senior, will attend Syracuse this fall.

   The complete all-state team can be seen in our reference section.

   Buffalo update: It will be interesting to see how the first few days of football practice go at Hutch-Tech. As noted in the previous blog, that's where Tony Tuilizio was the surprise pick last week to take over as football coach even though Nick Todaro had been running the offseason work and it had been widely assumed the interim label on him would be removed.

   The decision to go with Tuilizio came down to seniority and is not being well received by players and parents, who are calling on Buffalo Public Schools to change the hiring practices for coaches. Tuilizio, a longtime teacher and coach in the district had recently transferred into Hutch-Tech.

   "Seniority should not be a reason to take a team from a coach," senior Xavion White-Baines told The Buffalo News. "Our coach being taken from us really is like a father being ripped away from his family."

   The paper reports a committee including teachers and representatives from the district has been working for the past year on a better method for selecting qualified coaches.


   Speaking of disputes: The latest development in the contract dispute between Section 3 and its game officials is discussion about the minimum number of officials to be assigned to varsity games. According to, the three officials boards covering the region want the minimum standard to be five-man crews -- a standard practice in the past.

   Section 3 Executive Director John Rathbun said the offer was reviewed and sent back to referees with a counter proposal. Rathbun added that the section accepted the financial terms in the offer, which included a flat rate of $103 per varsity contest. football site

   "The ball's in their court now," he said.

   All 43 officials boards have been working without a contract since last summer. Negotiat- ions for a new deal began more than two years ago and currently are in binding arbitration.

   Alumni news: Joe Cremo, a two-time state basketball player of the year in Class A for Scotia-Glenville, is on the move as a graduate transfer and will play for reigning Division I national champion Villanova next season.

   Cremo, a 6-foot-4 guard, was a standout at the University at Albany. He averaged 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season, making 45.8 percent of his 3-point attempts.

   "Joe is a proven winner and scorer at the collegiate level whose experience will be an asset to our young team this season," Wildcats coach Jay Wright said in the Villanova announcement. "His maturity and character make him a perfect addition."

   Extra points: An all-time West Genesee great will join the Wildcats' new boys lacrosse staff as a volunteer assistant, adding a link to the past. Charlie Lockwood, a 1990 graduate of West Genesee, was an All-American in high school and then at Syracuse University.

   Lockwood will work with new coach Shaun Smith, who moves over from Corcoran to replace Mike Messere. Neither Smith nor his assistant, Kevin Brady, went to West Genesee.

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