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Tuesday, April 23, 2019: Canandaigua pitcher has back-to-back no-hitters

   Leading off today: Canandaigua pitcher Michael Sculli is on a roll with back-to-back no-hitters.

   His latest effort came in a 16-strikeout performance during a 1-0 victory over Churchville-Chili on Monday. Sculli doubled and scored the game's only run in the fifth inning.

   Sculli has struck out 28 batters and not allowed a ball out of the infield in the two no-hitters, the first of which came against Platt (Conn.) in his second outing of the season. He has 41 strikeouts in 19 innings for the season.

   "It's amazing, in my 20 years here I think we've only had two no-hitters prior to that. To go back-to-back is just unheard of," Canandaigua coach Dale Werth said. "It's hard to do against any opponent and these were two good opponents."

   Basketball news: The New York State Sportswriters Associ- ation will release its all-state teams in Class AA and A boys basketball on Wednesday morning.

   When we published the 2018 large-school teams not quite a year ago, the clear leader in the clubhouse to come back to earn player of the year honors this season was Cole Anthony. That went by the boards, of course, when Anthony trans- ferred out of the CHSAA's Archbishop Molloy to attend Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

   Anthony merely averaged a triple-double for his senior season and is a consensus top-five player in the country. On Tuesday, Anthony revealed he has committed to the University of North Carolina.

   For what it's worth, Moses Brown of UCLA declared for the NBA Draft today. Brown and Anthony were teammates at Molloy a season ago and it could be easily be Anthony filling out similar paperwork a year from now.

   Maine lawmakers weigh in: A bill to prevent Maine public schools from using mascots and logos depicting Native Americans has passed the Democratic-controlled House by a 88-49 margin along party lines Tuesday.

   The House passed an amendment to also extend the ban to publicly funded educational institutions like the University of Maine system.

   The Maine Education Department had previously urged schools to refrain from using mascots and logos depicting Native Americans.

   Catching up on stuff: I got knocked for an absolute loop by illness in the middle of last week and am just now getting my bearings back. From the looks of it, I've got quite a bit of email to catch up to as time allows over the next few days.

   One significant story I missed was a college commitment by Christ the King girls basketball standout Natalija Marshall. The 6-foot-5 junior declared for Notre Dame, which has been hauling in a steady stream of New York talent in recent years.

   Sophomore Danielle Patterson (Mary Louis Academy) and freshmen Jordan Nixon (Mary Louis Academy) and Danielle Cosgrove (Sachem east) were on the Fighting Irish roster this season).

   Among the other items I missed were two milestones in girls lacrosse:

    • Fulton's Keara Patterson recorded her 400th career point with her goal during a 21-7 victory over Syracuse. Patterson finished the contest with eight assists.

    • Six-year varsity player Olivia Carner reached 300 career points during Northport's 15-8 victory over Wantagh.


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