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Wednesday, March 20, 2019: Tuohy's scholastic running future uncertain

   Leading off today: Though her junior track and field season hasn't started, North Rockland distance-running prodigy Katelyn Tuohy could already be taking a measured approach to her senior year.

   For the time being, Tuohy, 17, isn't committing to anything beyond the Fall 2019 cross country season, in which she could conceivably three-peat at Nike Cross Nationals, The Journal News reported after speaking with her coaches.

   Continuing to train and race in the high school ranks beyond the fall likely would not be a good fit for her desire to qualify for and run in the June 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.

   "She's accomplished basically everything you'd want at the high school level," North Rockland cross country and indoor track coach Brian Diglio said. "I think, at this point, if she wants to improve as a runner in terms of not only time but the strategy of racing, she needs a high level of competition she's not getting from high school."

   Nothing has been finalized at this point, but the decision will belong to Tuohy and her parents at the end of the spring season under outdoor track coach Kyle Murphy.

   "I'm not running the race," Diglio said. "It's not my career. We are working for her to take more ownership. It's not an easy thing for a high school kid to do, but in little over a year we'll turn her over to a college coach."

   Tuohy couldn't be reached for comment by The Journal News, but she's made her love for running with her teammates clear. Despite owning five individual national high school girls track records, she lists relays as her favorite track event and has helped North Rockland win four consecutive national distance medley titles.

   "Cross country is even more of a team sport and she loves that," Diglio said. "She'd love nothing more than for her teammates to have a great season and go out on top."

   Speaking of distance runners: Track and Field News, the highly respected magazine covering the sport, made an interesting choice this week for its male high school indoor track athlete of the year.

   The magazine has seldom weighed participation in relays in its voting, but former Carthage runner Sam Affolder has forced the editors to change their minds. Affolder, who now runs for Purcellville (Va.) Loudoun Valley, ran some ridiculous splits in his senior season. Coupled with the lack of a no-brainer from the sprints, hurdles or jumps, Affolder turned out to be their preferred candidate.

   "The fact that he ran on national record teams is irrelevant; what is relevant is that he had a sterling 4:06.21 on the DMR and an even better 4:06.20 in the 4 x Mile. And a 1:51.37 on the 4×8," the magazine noted. "His collection of times in open races was solid backup: 2:27.23 in the 1000 (No. 8 on the yearly list), 3:51.08 in the 1500 (No. 3), 4:09.68 in the mile (No. 6) and 9:11.74 for 2M (No. 16)."


   DeSouza will stay: Two months after resigning, Clinton DeSouza is back as the football coach at Spackenkill as the program prepares to make the conversion to eight-man football.

   "After they decided to go eight-man, Marco (Lanzoni, the AD) came to me and said they haven't really found the right candidate to take up the charge," DeSouza told Hudson Valley Sports Report. "They wanted someone internal or with head coaching experience, and it didn't materialize."

   DeSouza stepped down in January citing a desire to spend more time with his newborn daughter, Olivia, the child of the ninth-year coach and wife Katrina.

   Dave Gettleman, current general manager of the NFL's New York Giants, started the Spackenkill program in the 1970s.

   "I don't need Gettleman seeing that the Spackenkill football program is done," DeSouza joked.

   Referee prepares to sue: The high school wrestling referee at the center of what became a national controversy has taken the first steps toward filing a lawsuit for defamation and emotional distress.

   Alan Maloney made a high school wrestler choose between forfeiting a match or cutting his dreadlocks. The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, decided to allow his hair to be cut.

   Many who saw the video believed that Maloney's insistence that the Johnson cut his hair was racially biased. After the incident, Maloney was barred by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association from officiating meets pending the outcome of investigations by the organization and the state Division of Civil Rights.

   Maloney said he was simply following NJSIAA rules regarding hair. reports Maloney has sent a notice of tort claim to 12 possible defendants, including the NJSIAA, Buena School district officials and coaches, alleging that he has suffered $100,000 in damages.

   Moving up: Rochester Edison boys basketball coach Jacob Scott will take over as interim principal there beginning next month following the decision of incumbent Walter Larkin Jr. to take the position of University Prep charter school.

   Larkin said he was swayed by the greater autonomy that comes with operating a charter school. The decision comes amidst speculation that the Rochester City School District could be placed under the control of the New York State Education Department in the coming weeks.

   Stockwell recognized: Veteran Waterville girls basketball coach Larry Stockwell received a thank-you from the NYSPHSAA on the court during the final fours over the weekend at Hudson Valley Community College.

   Stockwell, who has spent 35 years coordinating his sport for Section 3, received a plaque marking his years of service. That span includes staying on the job this season despite undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.

   Stockwell, 68, took over the girls basketball program at Oriskany Falls 36 years ago and kept the job after the district merged with Waterville. The Indians went 15-7 this season.

   "What he does is amazing," assistant coordinator John Cifonelli said. "It's way more than people think."

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