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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018: Tuohy leads four New Yorkers in NXN top six

   Leading off today: North Rockland junior Katelyn Tuohy successfully defended her Nike Cross Nationals individual championship Saturday, breaking her own course record at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore.

   Tuohy covered five kilometers in 16:37.8 to shave nearly seven seconds off the course record she set a year ago and complete back-to-back undefeated seasons. Led by Tuohy, New York pulled down four of the first six places in the girls race.

   Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga Springs, running in the NXN meet for the fourth time, placed second in 16:54.8, Claire Walters of Fayetteville-Manlius was fifth in 17:13.3 and Brooke Rauber of Tully was sixth in 17:19.2 on a rain-saturated course and with temperatures in the 40s.

   Summit (Ore.) won the girls team championship with 120 points. Fayetteville-Manlius (212) and Saratoga (228) finished fourth and sixth respectively, and Liverpool was 15th in the 22-team field.

   Loudoun Valley (Va.) ran away with the boys team title with just 77 points. Fayetteville-Manlius took fifth with 209 points and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake finished 14th with 323.

   Kicking into gear: A new era for Lake George boys basketball got off to a good start Friday as the defending NYSPHSAA Class C champions defeated Ticonderoga 74-59.

   Lake George's 29th consecutive win marked the coaching debut of Blake White, who took over when Dave Jones retired in the spring.

   Chris Becker scored a team-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Lake George opened the game feeding the 6-foot-7 center until Ticonderoga was forced to double- and triple-team him. He scored 12 of the team's first 22 points.

   Mason Flatley scored 19 first-half points and 23 overall.

   "I'm not sure if we could have played a better first half," White said. "But we did not move as well in the second half. I think we were hoping for the game to go faster and (Ticonderoga) got back into the game because of that."

    • Less than a week removed from a NYSPHSAA Class B basketball championship, Glens Falls overcame a slow start and ran past Broadalbin-Perth 92-57.

   All-time New York scoring leader Joe Girard III scored 34 points. Girard and seven teammates played their final football game last Saturday at the Carrier Dome, and their hardwood debut saw them tied 15-15 through one quarter.


   "It was definitely tough. You could tell in the first quarter. It was pretty ugly," Glens Falls senior guard Trent Girard said.

   Glens Falls went on a 14-0 run to open the second quarter on the way to a 42-18 lead.

   More basketball: Juston Johnson, who led West Seneca West to a 24-1 record and a Section 6 championship last season, is appealing a determination that he is not eligible this season, The View From Centercourt reported.


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  •    At issue is a Section 6 ruling that Johnson's six-year eligibility clock beginning with his seventh-grade season has expired. Johnson missed a portion of a school year and the basketball season while recovering from an injury during junior high.

       The injury did not affect his eligibility in football this past season.

       Police blotter: Former Sachem football coach David Falco, an alumnus of the school who returned and led the program to a championship, was arraigned Friday on charges that he filed fraudulent time sheets to steal money from the school district, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

       Falco, 52, was charged with third-degree grand larceny and offering a false instrument, both felonies, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor, according to officials and court records obtained by Newsday.

       He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Jan. 31. If convicted, he faces a prison term of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison, the paper reported. Falco's lawyer said the $5,755.68 in question had been repaid.

       Prosecutors allege Falco filed teacher claim forms to receive pay for supervising a weight room between Dec. 11, 2017, and June 12, 2018. He resigned as football coach at Sachem North shortly before the start of practice last summer, finishing with an 82-58 record and a Long Island championship in 2013.

       More reading: After returning home from the football finals in Syracuse last weekend, I dug out notes from a school sports meeting I attended 15 month earlier. In it was a pretty good road map for success layed out by one of last week's NYSPHSAA championship coaches.

       You can read the details in my weekly column for

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