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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018: Talk about going above and beyond to help ...

   Leading off today: I've seen some unusual stories related to medical issues in high school sports, but what happened Friday in a Section 6 football game has earned a spot somewhere near the top of the list.

   Wilson linebacker Ben Mahar, who has diabetes, had lost his insulin pump on the field during the first half of the game against Akron. During halftime, parents from both schools walk across the field from both end zones to search for the pump, eventually locating the pump.

   That solved one problem, but not the more pressing issue.

   By late in the second quarter, Mahar's blood glucose reading was starting to spike -- not a good situation, as any diabetic who's been in a similar situation will attest.

   "We were running out of time to find a solution," Maggie Mahar told the Lockport Journal.

   It led to one of the most unusual public address system announcements you'll ever hear: Does anyone in attendance tonight have insulin that they can spare?

   Debbie Wood and her son Matthew, an Akron fourth-grader who also has diabetes and was there to watch older brother Nick play, came to the rescue. Wood had extra insulin and was able to give some to Mahar so he could finish the game.

   "What made it so cool is that these are opposing teams, both school colors are orange and black. And (Debbie's) older son was playing for Akron. The fact that she came and helped, it was really nice," Maggie Mahar said.

   Tennis milestone: Oneida senior tennis player Lauren Skibitski picked up her 100th career victory Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Julie Schewe of Liverpool.

   A hundred wins in tennis is a high hurdle to clear, even for a fifth-year varsity competitor. Making it even more impressive, Skibitski is not a full-time tennis player. She also plays on the Indians' basketball and softball teams.

   "The most impressive aspect of Lauren's success on the courts and fields is that she works at it," coach Todd Hicks said. "She's not a great tennis player just because she's a great athlete; she's developed into a great tennis player who has used her athleticism to make her better than most well-defined tennis players who have worked for hundreds of hours on end and who specifically play one sport year round."


   Alumni news: It's been quite a week or so for some New York high school sports greats from the past:

    • Fresh off winning a third WNBA title, Sue Bird (Christ the King) has been selected to try to help the U.S. win a third straight FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup alongside pro teammate Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse). Tina Charles (Chris the King) was also named to the roster.

    • The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers promoted former Peekskill football site

basketball star Elton Brand to the general manager position. Brand most recently served as vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the organization's G League affiliate.

    • Fisk University, an NAIA school in Nashville announced that ex-Archbishop Molloy star Kenny Anderson is the new men's basketball coach.

   College plans: Former state player of the year James Bouknight committed to UConn on Tuesday on his 18th birthday following his official visit this past weekend.

   The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who now plays for the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts, was the boys Class B basketball POY for LaSalle in the CHSAA in 2017. He is coming off a torn meniscus suffered in January.

    • Marco Vespa, a two-time state tournament medalist who placed third at 120 pounds as a Monroe-Woodbury junior, committed to the Penn State wrestling program on Sunday.

   Rankings progress: We're now up to speed on all of our rankings for the fall season -- football, soccer and cross country. However, we are still looking for assistance from knowledgeable girls soccer observers in Sections 3 and 10 who can supply short weekly lists of the top teams (with their records) in each of the five state playoff classes.

   If you're interested in assisting in girls soccer, fire off an email to

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