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Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018: Shen's Shanahan to miss start of wrestling season

   Leading off today: The football season is over for Kiernan Shanahan, but the two-time state tournament runner-up expects to recover from an injury in time for the majority of his senior wrestling season.

   The Shenendehowa running back had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, The Daily Gazette reported. Shanahan was injured in practice before the Plainsmen's Week 7 game.

   Shanahan, a North Carolina State wrestling recruit, could be back on the mats in the beginning of January.

   "I'll be back about a third of the way into the wrestling season," Shanahan said. "I'll have some time to get in shape before states. That's the main goal.

   Shanahan has finished as a Division I runner-up at the state championships in each of the past two seasons and has a 152-19 career record. He previously had surgery on his left meniscus after his sophomore season.

   "I actually wrestled that whole season with a torn meniscus," Shanahan said.

   TWKTCR (This Week's Katelyn Tuohy Course Record): North Rockland junior Katelyn Tuohy won the Section 1 Coaches Invitational meet at Bowdoin Park. knocking seven seconds off her own course record while winning in 16:45.2.

   The day's second-fastest time belonged to Pearl River's Mary Borkoski, who posted a 19:07.9 for 5,000 meters in another of the day's races.

   Boys soccer: Alex Tejiera scored in the 109th minute to give North Collins a 2-1 upset in overtime over Pine Valley in the Section 6 Class D semifinals. Pine Valley was ranked 10th in the state last week.

   Tejiera scored the other North Collins goal midway through the first half.

   Girls soccer: Elmira Notre Dame's bid for a fourth consecutive Section 4 Class C championship ended with a loss in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals vs. Newark Valley.

   The teams played to a 1-1 tie through 110 minutes before the Cardinals won by a 4-2 margin in penalty kicks. Kiley Kearns clinched the victory by converting the team's fourth goal in the fifth round.

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   Senior night: There are few annual events on high school calendars more emotional than senior night ceremonies, which often mark the last time that athletes will be playing on their home field or court.

   It can get even more emotional when mom or dad is not there to be part of the night. Westhill players and coaches were aware of just such a circumstance Friday as they

  
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prepared to complete an unbeaten regular season with a win over West Genesee.

   Team members wore No. 84 on the back of their left legs in honor of four-year varsity player Montanna Gedney's father, Chris, who died in March. Chris Gedney was a two-sport star at Liverpool who went on to a stellar football career as a tight end for Syracuse University and in the NFL.

   "All season we've been trying to figure out a way to honor him," Westhill Coach Carrie Corley said. "We thought that this was a good way to support Montanna on a tough night for her."

   What a scene: St. Anthony's football coach Rich Reichert announced before the season that this would be his last year on the sidelines with the Friars. Friday was the last regular-season home game for the winningest coach in Suffolk County history, so it was going to be a big deal even without factoring in that the game vs. Iona Prep was a huge one.

   St. Anthony's won 43-33 and there were plenty of former players there to witness it. More than 300 lined the hallway in the school's fieldhouse as Reichert made his way through the building to give his team a pregame speech. As described by Newsday, it was "a gauntlet of men standing side by side, greeting him in a sea of hugs, handshakes and tears. All of his boys."

   "That was overwhelming," said Reichert, who has a 265-65-3 record. "I had no idea. I don't know how they kept it quiet. There were guys from the very first team I coached. My teammates were there -- it was unbelievable."


  
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