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Tuesday, April 2, 2019: Skaneateles' Doctor wins 500th lacrosse game

   Leading off today: Skaneateles scored a 13-8 win at Homer on Monday to give boys lacrosse coach Ron Doctor his 500th career victory.

   Patrick Hackler led the Lakers with four goals and an assist. Grayson Brunelle scored three goals, while Evan Brunelle had three goals and an assist.

   Doctor, who has announced he will retire at the end of the season, started the program in 1982, with the first varsity season following in 1983.

   "I always look at the wins as 'program wins,'" he said. " I've had so much support over the years from the school district, the parents, and all of them."

   Doctor also praised veteran assistant David Pittard for his contributions.

   "(Pittard) has been a volunteer with the team as our defensive coach for over 30 years. He deserves so much credit for the success," Doctor said.

   Measles concerns: Concerns over the measles outbreak in Rockland County may be starting to ripple through Section 1 sports.

   Rye's scheduled game Monday at Nyack was postponed at the request of the Rye City School District. The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at Rye, Nyack AD Joe Sigillo told The Journal News.

   "The Rye City School District is in the process of notifying parents of student-athletes of the measles outbreak in Rockland County so they are aware of the potential risks," Rye Superintendent Eric Byrne said in a statement. "Thus far, we have rescheduled one game due to take place in Rockland County.

   "We will make decisions about future games based on the advice of public health officials, the district's health professionals and athletic department officials."

   There have been 157 confirmed cases of measles in Rockland County since September, and County Executive declared a state of emergency last week that restricts certain public travel for unvaccinated minors.

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   Diakomihalis injured: Hilton junior Greg Diakomihalis, a four-time state wrestling champion already, is expected to be unable to wrestle until December due to a knee injury suffered last month.

   Diakomihalis, who has already committed to Cornell where his brother Yianni is a two-time NCAA Division I champ, tore a ligament in his right knee.

"It's just going to be so weird missing so much, really everything until Christmas," he told the Democrat and Chronicle. "It's going to feel like I'm missing a lot. I'll be able do a little bit, run, do drills just not wrestle, until probably around December."

   Diakomihalis has a 194-2 career record, including 146 straight wins since the start of his freshman season.

   Tuohy's future: North Rockland distance-running star Katelyn Tuohy has put to rest the idea that she could walk away from high school competition before she graduates.

  
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   While noting that she may test the waters against pro competition from time to time, the multi-time state and national champion said she intends to run cross country, indoor track and outdoor track as a senior.

   "I just like running with my team and having fun with my teammates. I think that's best for me," Tuohy said.

   And though she has an eye on trying to qualify for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at 5,000 meters, picking a college remains a priority.

   Following up: Cathy Self-Morgan decision to retire in the face of an investigation wasn't enough to save one of the most successful girls basketball coaches in U.S. history from a three-year suspension imposed by Texas' governing body for high school sports.

   Self-Morgan, 1,170-287 with a record eight state titles at Duncanville, was disciplined following allegations of recruiting. A school district probe determined there as "insufficient credible evidence" but text messages between Self-Morgan and an AAU coach subsequently showed the Self-Morgan pose a potential offer of a coaching position to a prospective player's mother.

   Extra points: After four months of working alongside outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Simmons, Monday was former Pearl River AD's Todd Santabarbara's first day as the person in charge of Section 1.

   "The transition period was definitely a valuable piece," he said. "I look at it as a three-pronged phase. The last four months was the transition, which I spent listening, learning and observing."


  
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