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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019: Penfield girls knock off top-ranked Mendon

   Leading off today: Penfield prevailed in Section 5's girls basketball game of the year on Tuesday by beating Pittsford Mendon 64-49.

   It was the Vikings' first loss to a Section 5 opponent since their sectional defeat to Batavia in February 2015. Mendon began the week ranked No. 1 in Class A according to the New York State Sportswriters Association. Penfield was eighth in Class AA.

   Junior guard Baylee Teal made six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points. Brianne Moxley added 19 points and Nyara Simmons had 14.

   "You have to play these types of games, because win or lose you find out what you need to work on in order to win in March," Penfield coach Mark Vogt said. "They're a great team, they're No. 1 in the state for a reason."

   Teal made four 3-pointers in the second quarter, the last of which staked the Patriots to a 31-26 advantage.

   More girls basketball: Irvington handed Putnam Valley its first loss of the season by a 42-34 margin, holding the Tigers to 9-for-43 shooting from the field.

   Forward Mia Mascone finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Grace Thybulle added 10 points despite foul trouble.

   Irvington did not allow a field goal in the third quarter, which helped give the Bulldogs a 32-19 lead.

   Irvington coach Gina Maher said the potential for the game to be a playoff preview was not lost on her team.

   "It was a big game. It was absolutely a big game," Maher said. "They're undefeated, they're well-coached... and they play hard; they play really, really hard."

   Quite a day: Newark Valley senior Kyle Coffin was named to the all-state football team Tuesday morning. On Tuesday night, he scored 55 points to lead the Cardinals to an 84-82 victory over Dryden in boys basketball.

   Coffin, who connected on eight 3-pointers and made nine of 10 free throws, scored 25 points in the opening quarter as Newark Valley broke to a 34-15 lead.

   Earlier this season, Coffin scored 40 points in a 67-61 loss to Waverly.

   Coffin was selected the second-team Class C kicker on the New York State Sportswriters Association all-state football team.

   Top of the list: Canton's Declan Porter became the leading scorer in Section 10 basketball history on Monday during a 58-55 loss to Massena.

   Porter finished with exactly the 14 points he needed to break the mark of 1,907 by former Canton standout Hal Cohen in the mid-1970s.

   More boys basketball: A couple of top teams experienced close calls.

   Park School, ranked second in Class A, needed 29 points by Noah Hutchins to fight off No. 18 St. Francis 80-79 in overtime. Hutchins went over the 1,000-point mark for his career and made two steals in the final minute of overtime. Jai'den Dunn hit a key 3-pointer in the extra period, giving Park a 77-74 lead.

   Senior Justin Poumpey scored 18 of his 22 points from 3-point range for St. Francis.


   Meanwhile, De'Jour Reaves scored 18 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Syracuse Corcoran past West Genesee 67-64. Corcoran's Daimarr Miller (12

points) connected on five free throws in overtime.

   West Genesee is ranked 14th and Corcoran 19th in Class AA this week.

    In more Section 3 action, Rome Free Academy ended state-ranked Whitesboro's winning streak at nine games with a 77-73 victory behind Damien Call's 24 points.

    Whitesboro is ranked 17th i Class A.

    • Justin Hemphill broke the Cardinal O'Hara career scoring record, hitting for 43 points in a 94-63 triumph over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Hemphill, a senior, has 1,443 points in his career, breaking the mark of 1,442 by James Ewing, a 2008 graduate.

   More milestones: Mahopac's 52-21 wrestling win over Brewster on Monday was No. 422 in dual meets for Dennis DiSanto, surpassing longtime Arlington coach Fred Perry for the most in Section 1 history.

   DiSanto, 62, who coached 27 seasons at Somers and the past eight at Mahopac, plans to retire at the end of the season.

   "It was very emotional," Mahopac junior Tyler Roa said. "I even started crying because I love coach so much. He is a huge inspiration to my teammates and I. Seeing him cry after he clinched the win touched all our hearts."

   Section 5 great dies: Monroe "Pops" McTaw, a 6-foot-7 forward who powered some great Rochester Franklin teams in the late 1960s, died last month in Atlanta, Ga. He was 67.

   "Generationally, Pops is one of the top 20 players that came out of Rochester in my lifetime," Franklin teammate Mike "Tree" Swinton said. "I watched him play the game way up to an age when he shouldn't have been playing but he had such passion. He was an incredible athlete. There were very few things on the court he couldn't do and he was one of the most intelligent players who played. He had that sense of where you were going to be, how to get you the ball, timing to block shots, all of it."

   McTaw led Brockport State to a berth in the NCAA Division III semifinals in 1975 and played professionally in the CBA. Later in life he was a bodyguard, chef and youth coach.

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