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Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019: Belfast knocks off No. 1 Avoca in Class D basketball

   Leading off today: The state's top-ranked Class D team in boys basketball ran into a hot opponent with a genuine small-schools star on Saturday.

   The result was an upset in the form of Belfast's 82-77 victory over No. 1 Avoca in overtime. The win was Belfast's fourth in a row in its bounceback from a 1-5 start to the season.

   The hero was senior Adam Enders, who broke a school record by pouring in 54 points. Enders, who went over 2,000 career points earlier this month, was 24 of 27 fro the free-throw line, including 10-for-13 work in overtime.

   The school's previous single-game scoring mark was 52 by John Covell in a 1969 game.

   "I scored 54, but we as a team scored 82 tonight," Enders said. "There was 30 points scored that needed to get scored by other people. The guys put me in spots where I could score, and I did my job, they did theirs."

   Avoca (11-1) was plagued by foul troubles, getting whistled 29 times. Star LaDre Stanford fouled out late in regulation with 15 points.

   Avoca's job doesn't get any easier. It's next game is Tuesday against Prattsburgh, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class D last week.

    • Hamilton's Sean Hunt made a 3-pointer to force overtime, but Ben Barnes' trey in the final ticks of the extra period gave Class D No. 6 DeRuyter a 47-44 victory.

   Indoor track: Celebrating his commitment to run for Georgetown nest school year, St. Anthony's senior Matthew Payamps won the boys 3,000 meters at the Yale Classic in New Haven, Conn., in 8:31.01, the fastest scholastic time in the country this season.

    • Duke-bound Kaeli Thompson broke the Section 9 girls pole vault record with a 13-3½ effort to win at the Stanner Games.

    • I missed this earlier in the week, but North Rockland junior Katelyn Tuohy's 4:39.15 in the mile during the Millrose Games trials moved her to No. 6 on the all-time scholastic indoor mile list. Her en route 4:19.72 rated as fourth all-time for the 1,500 meters.

    • The 2019 Millrose Games meet is scheduled for Feb. 9 at The Armory.


   Boys hockey: Mikey Kuhn's goal with 1:18 left in overtime handed Massena a 3-2 victory over Victor. Casey Hooper stopped 45 shots for Massena.

   Victor is ranked fifth in Division I and Massena 10th in the most recent New York State Sportswriters Association ratings.

   Wrestling: Hilton came home from the Eastern States Classic with a pair of champions as Greg Diakomihalis and Sammy Deprez prevailed. They were among 10 New Yorkers earning championships.

   Diakomihalis decisioned Anthony Noto of Honeoye Falls 5-2 at 113 pounds. Deprez earned a 3-2 decision over Kyle

Costello of Pennsylvania's Wyoming Seminary at 195 pounds.

   You can see the full rundown of finals here.

   St. Francis senior Dominik Thomas won the 182-pound bracket and picked up his 200th career victory during the Spartan Invitational by Williamsville North. The first 58 of his varsity wins came as a junior-high wrestler at Lake Shore.

   Thomas, a Holy Cross football recruit, is 22-2 this season.

   Girls basketball: New Hartford freshman guard Kaia Henderson set the school's single-game scoring record for the second time this season, netting 42 points in a 61-46 win over Peru.

   Geneseo athletic trainer arrested: An athletic trainer with the Geneseo Central School District was charged with rape after he allegedly had sex with a child under 17 on New Year's Eve, the New York State Police announced.

   Austin Pratt, 30, of Wayland, was charged with third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, police said. He was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

   Pratt was an employee with F.F. Thompson Health Systems, contracted to offer athletic trainer services to the district.

   Police said the encounter took place in the Village of Geneseo.

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