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Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018: J-D, Vestal continue soccer domination

   Leading off today: A pair of lengthy local reigns in girls soccer continues Friday night.

   Jamesville-Dewitt won its 10th straight Section 3 title, doing all of its scoring in the first half of a 30-1 victory against Whitesboro in the Class A championship contest.

   Grace Thomas, Megan Baker and Sydney Tanner scored for the Red Rams.

   "I think every year we just come out and try to do our best and it's just kind of fallen into place for us," coach Hayley Nies said.

   Meanwhile, Vestal surrendered the first goal but stormed back to beat Maine-Endwell 7-3 in Section 4 Class A to capture its ninth straight title.

   Emilia Cappelett and senior twins Olivia McKnight and Victoria McKnight scored twice apiece.

   For Vestal head coach Bill Stepanovsky, it was his eighth title in a row coaching the Bears. Before that, he guided Union-Endicott to nine Section 4 championships in 11 seasons.

   "Nobody wants to let that go astray," Stepanovsky said. "They worked real hard for it, that's for sure.

   More girls soccer: Scarlett Keppen and Chloe DeLyser scored the goals as Marion banked Geneseo 2-0 for the Section 5 Class C-2 championship.

   The goal was the 80th of the season and 260th for her career for DeLyser, extending a pair of state records she set a week ago.

   I caught up with her earlier this week for my column. The national career scoring mark will definitely be on her mind next fall, but right now all she cares about is continuing the postseason run.

   Athletes hurt in crash: Walter Panas volleyball players Victoria Getting and Jenn Braun were involved in a serious car accident caused Friday by a an alleged drunk driver, The Journal News reported.

   Emergency responders removed three people trapped in an overturned vehicle involved in the two-car crash Friday evening. All were taken to Westchester Medical Center for injuries.

   Getting remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon, treated for fractured ribs and a lung contusion.

   Getting and Braun both played on Panas' NYSPHSAA championship teams in 2016 and '17. Panas is the No. 4 seed in this season's Section 1 Class A tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals with a victory Friday vs. Harrison.


   Weather woes: The impending nor'easter anticipated to hit the southeastern portion of the state sent high school officials scrambling to reschedule events that had been planned for Saturday. football site

   Much of Long Island's football schedule was moved to Friday night and Sunday afternoon as a precaution, and some soccer action was pushed back to Monday. Pat Pizzarelli, executive director for Section 8, made it mandatory that there were to be no outdoor events in Nassau County on Saturday.

   The PSAL and Section 9 were also busy rescheduling Saturday football contests. Section 9 moved six playoff games and two other contests back after forecasts projected up to two inches of rain and howling winds.

   "Football is supposed to be played in the elements, but we're trying to balance champion- ships, semifinals and getting proper playing conditions," sectional football coordinator David Coates said. "We thought it was a prudent thing to do to keep everyone safe."

   Football milestone: The 41-7 victory over Uniondale on Friday made Freeport the third Long Island school to reach 500 victories. The Red Devils' all-time record from 1913-2018 is 500-344-29. Lawrence (542) and Garden City (519) are the island's all-time leaders in wins.

    • Garden City tied the Nassau County record by posting its 32nd straight win, a 40-7 rout of MacArthur on Friday.

   Official threatened: A football official received a death threat following a disputed call in the first half of a game in Delaware between Dover and Smyrna high schools, WDEL-FM reported.

   The threat was reported by Del-Mar-Va Football Officials Association president James Duncan in the aftermath of a call that turned a possible 1-yard touchdown run into a 100-yard return of a fumble for a touchdown after the ball was stripped out of the goal-line pile.

   The call was vocally disputed by Smyrna players and coaches. Smyrna head coach Mike Judy was ejected later in the game arguing a separate call, and offensive coordinate Mike Marks later offered the following incendiary comments about the touchdown:

   "It's been an embarrassment for a long time, and we've been able to overcome it because of how good our athletes have been.

   "I hate watching it get taken from our kids like that. How do you look a bunch of 17-year-old in the eye, and say you got cheated. I've been barking up this tree for three years. I've coached around the country, and watched officiating crews. This is the most ridiculous thing I think I've ever seen."

   Duncan said he wished his officials had access to instant but defended their performance.

   "My guys on the field only get to see it in real time," he told the radio station. "All of the proper mechanics were followed. One of the main mechanics that we follow is that we don't blow the whistle, unless we see the ball."

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