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Saturday, March 9, 2019: Quick rematch for Scanlan, Christ the King girls

   Leading off today: Monsignor Scanlan and Christ the King faced off Wednesday in the CHSAA girls basketball City Championship. They're headed for a quick rematch Saturday after winning their respective games Friday in the CHSAA state semifinals.

   Scanlan advanced with a 58-48 win over Cardinal O'Hara. The Crusaders didn't extend their lead to double digits until the final two minutes against an O'Hara squad that starts three sophomores, but Scanlan won with balanced scoring.

   Junior Kateri Poole led the way with 15 points. Seniors Kaylen Banwareesingh, who added a hip injury to her season-long ankle issues, and Daja Wentz added 13 apiece.

   Angel Parker and Amelia Strong scored 16 apiece for O'Hara.

   Christ the King, which is 2-0 against Scanlan this season, eliminated St. Anthony's 55-40 despite missing a couple of key pieces. Seniors Kaelynn Satterfield (ankle) and Klarke Sconiers (illness) sat out, but junior Natalija Marshall came through with 23 points and freshman Saniyah Glenn chipped in with 15.

   Saturday's winner will be the CHSAA's Class AA representative in the Federation tournament.

    • The two other Western New York reps were also eliminated. In Class A, Sacred Heart fell to Cardinal Spellman 63-35. In Class B, Bronx Aquinas defeated Christian Central Academy 65-40.

   NYSPHSAA quarterfinals: A pair of Friday games in Class D kicked off the New York State Public High School Athletic Association basketball quarterfinals.

   In boys action, Harrisville earned a third straight trip to the semifinals by controlling the second half and edging Lyme 65-56 to remain unbeaten against Class D competition. Damon Blaha and Isaiah Wilson (10 rebounds) scored 14 points apiece to lead the way.

   In the girls game, Edwards-Knox used its press to rattle off the game's first 11 points and blitzed Copenhagen 64-18.

   Copenhagen had pulled within 15-8 before Edwards-Know went on a 12-point run to put the game out of reach before the half.

   Carly Frary finished with 21 points and Lucy Frary added 18 points to go with 13 steals.

   NYSPHSAA bowling: The North Rockland girls and Fairport boys won Division I championships in Syracuse.

   After 14 consecutive unsuccessful trips to the championships, North Rockland broke a tournament record en route to the first state title in program history.

   Senior Nicole Cona opened the afternoon block with her first career 300 -- only the second by a girl in tournament history -- to punctuate a 1,147 team game that broke a 24-year-old tournament record held by Colonie.

   By day's end, North Rockland had a total pinfall of 6,057 to come within 72 pins of the tournament mark set by Hyde Park FDR in 2003. The Red Raiders placed all five girls in the top 15 at AMF Strike-N-Spare Lanes, paced by Nancy Kohut (1,314) and Cona (1,306).

   East Islip finished second in the team standings at 5,895. Sarah Radt of Orchard Park rolled a high game of 267 to take individual honors with a 1,358 pinfall for six games and lead the Quakers to third place.

   In the boys action, Fairport opened with games on 1132, 1096 and 1173 and never looked back. The Red Raiders finished with a 6,497 total to top Corning (6,191) and East Islip (6,157).

   Fairport placed four competitors in the top eight, led by Stefano Cittadino in fourth place at 1,336 and Alex Linnenbrink in fifth at 1,332.

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   East Islip's Aaron Rice took individual honors with a 1,436 total, and teammate Joseph Zagari rolled the day's other perfect game.

   Track and field: North Rockland claimed its fourth straight girls distance medley relay title at The Armory during the New Balance Indoor Nationals Track and Field Championships, combining three personal bests with another epic Katelyn Tuohy anchor leg to take the national season lead in 11:41.04.

   Haleigh Morales, Jahlyah Goodbee and Erin Gallagher ran personal bests before Tuohy passed five competitors on the anchor leg to hit the tape first.

   Tuohy admittedly went out too fast in her desire to take the lead, then somewhat ran on fumes over the final 800 meters.

   "I've broken national records in the past but nothing compares, she said.

   Alumni news: Kicker Michael Tarbutt, a 2015 Canisius alumnus who just wrapped up his career at UConn, is using the grad transfer option to enroll at the University of Minnesota for his final season of eligibility.

   Tarbutt, who kicked a 60-yard field goal in the inaugural CHSAA state championship game, joins another former Canisius kicker in the Big Ten. Blake Haubeil will begin his junior year at Ohio State in the fall.

   Tarbutt, who will be a preferred walk-on with the Gophers, went 17-for-26 on field goals and 54-for-57 on extra points over the past two seasons at UConn.

    • Former Saratoga Springs distance runner Aidan Tooker is now a member of the sub-four club.

   Competing in the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University last month, Tooker finished the mile in 3:59.39, becoming just the fifth Syracuse University runner to accomplish the feat.

   "It was one of those relieving, 'finally' moments," he said. "I was very excited about it."


  
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