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Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018: How does stuff like this even happen in 2018?

   Leading off today: It's hard to believe that stuff like this can happen in this day and age ... and yet it does.

   National football powerhouse IMG Academy of Bradenton, Fla., finds itself without its final scheduled home game of the season this weekend because its opponent was put out of business when the Ohio Department of Education revoked the school registration of Christians of Faith Academy.

   Based on reporting by USA Today, it appears Christians of Faith Academy in Columbus exists primarily for the purpose of playing football. The school popped up over, started by former NFL player Jay Richardson and staffed with high-profile assistant coaches who assembled a lot of talent in a hurry to play a national schedule.

   The registration revocation came late last week after the Ohio Department of Education completed an investigation that determined that the school was not operating at its listed address.

   Christians of Faith spokesman Roy Johnson said students were enrolled in an online academic program developed by a Minnesota firm, with participants meeting to work on homework and their classes in libraries and, "other locations."

   Alumni news: Kyle Dake, a two-time state wrestling champion for Lansing High, defeated Olympic bronze medalist Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan in the 79-kilogram





final of the United World Wrestling Champion- ships in Budapest, Hungary, on Monday to earn his first world title.

   Dake, 27, won four matches by a cumulative 37-0 after beginning as the fourth seed.

   "It feels pretty great. I wrestled a little tighter than I wanted to, but I got the job done, stayed focused, held center of the mat and held good position," Dake said.

   While attending Cornell, Dake became the first NCAA Division I wrestler to win national titles in four weight classes and to claim four national titles overall.

   Milestones: Pearl River's victory in the Varsity III race at the Section 1 Coaches Invitational over the weekend was overall victory No. 600 for girls cross country coach Dan Doherty. The last update of the National Federation record book lists Penfield's Dave Hennessey as the U.S. leader in the sport with 500 victories through 2014.

    • Cazenovia girls volleyball coach Brian Ellithorpe won his 400th career match Monday by turning back Marcellus 25-13, 18-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-13. Josie Avery put together

  
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39 assists, five aces and seven digs. Lindsey Lawson had 23 kills, six blocks and seven digs.

   Ex-McQuaid coach dies: Joe Marchese, who won eight Section 5 and three NYSPHSAA championships as the basketball coach at McQuaid, died Monday. He was 68.

   Marchese, a 1968 McQuaid graduate, finished with a record of 306-142 after 19 seasons and retired in 2006. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease shortly afterward.

   Coach on leave: Newsday reported longtime Mattituck baseball coach Steve DeCaro was placed on administrative leave Oct. 9 from his job as a physics teacher following "complaints of inappropriate behavior," superintendent Jill Gierasch said in a statement.

   "We take all matters of this nature very seriously as providing a safe and secure environment for our students to succeed is of utmost importance for us," Gierasch said. "We are currently working on securing a leave replacement physics teacher to fulfill our instructional needs."

   DeCaro, who declined to comment, has a 246-142 record in 16 seasons of coaching. About 200 people appeared at a school board meeting Thursday in support of DeCaro.

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   Leftover from the weekend: Glens Falls senior Sam Hogan was 10-for-10 in kicking off for touchbacks Saturday vs. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. That including one through the uprights in the first half and four into a stiff wind in the second half..

   "It's amazing what he can do even into the wind," said Steve Zurlo, Glens Falls' golf coach. "This is what we call a 'three-club' wind."


  
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