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Friday, April 5, 2019: Starpoint wins despite combined baseball no-hitter

   Leading off today: It happens somewhere around the state every spring.

   Pitchers Dylan Crowley and Evan Chaffee combined for 14 strikeouts and a no-hitter but it wasn't enough to keep Hamburg from suffering a 3-2 loss to Starpoint in baseball on Thursday.

   Starpoint won with three unearned runs in the first inning on a walk, a passed ball, a batter reaching on an error, a dropped third strike, a fielders choice and an overthrow.

   Starpoint pitcher Adam Rankie went 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.

   Perfect start: Sophomore Isabella Milazzo struck out 12 batters in a five-inning perfect game as Ichabod Crane opened its softball season with a 20-0 victory over Holy Names.

   The performance in Milazzo's varsity debut after the graduation of ace Calista Phippen added up to career victory No. 300 for coach Tracy Nytransky.

   Milazzo struck out the first six batters she faced, including winning full-count battles in the first inning against Olivia Caporale and in the second inning vs. Molly Sweeter.



   "That was great," said Milazzo, who will share pitching duties with junior Marissa Wheeler. "On JV, it was pretty easy to get past everybody. I felt coming up to varsity, it would be a lot harder to throw the ball by people and get my ball to spin in a way where they can't hit it."

   Eighth-grade shortstop Emma Scheitinger led off for the Riders and reached base safely in all five plate appearances, scoring four runs.

   Alumni news: Former Bishop Ludden basketball star Mika Adams-Woods, who has been attending New Hampton in the demanding NEPSAC league, has decided to re-open his college recruitment.

   The point guard had committed to Nebraska last September, but coach Tim Miles was fired last week and replaced by former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg.

   Adams-Woods met with Hoiberg before deciding to explore new options.

   "Any time there's a coaching change, the new guy who comes in didn't recruit him," Ludden coach Gallagher Driscoll said. "He just feels like he wants to see if there's any other options out there. He's still interested in Nebraska. He liked everything Coach Hoiberg has told him. But if it doesn't work out, I'm sure there will be other schools that are interested."

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   Sec. 2 coaching great dies: Larry Mulvaney, who coached Schenectady's Mont Pleasant football team to an undefeated season in 1967 and was a towering figure on the Section 2 landscape, died March 26 at age 95.

   The former Marine retired from coaching and teaching in 1989 after directing his football teams to 12 Class A championships and also coaching several state wrestling champions. He was inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and was also enshrined in several other halls of fame in the Capital region. The Schenectady High football field was named in his honor.

   "You knew of him, you heard of him and his reputation," said Ron Page, a star running back under Mulvaney. "He was a guy who really cared for his players, really cared for the school, and really cared for us learning the game the right way. You had an understanding of who he is."

   Believe it when we see it: The Syracuse Common Council is expected to vote Monday on a resolution authorizing bond anticipation notes for a project that might finally give Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High its long-promised sports complex.

   The project, promised and then held up numerous times in the past decade, could be put out to bid again and site work could begin this summer, said Suzanne Slack, the district's chief financial officer.

   Fowler last played a home football game in 2009 and the soccer team plays at Burnet Park. Fowler's fields were torn up in 2010 to allow the county to work on a sewer system.


  
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