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Friday, April 26, 2019: Rauber wins 3,000 meters at Penn Relays

   Leading off today: Brooke Rauber of Tully added an impressive line to her distance-running resume Thursday by triumphing in the girls 3,000 meters at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

   Rauber finished in 9:34.21 to finish ahead of Lydia Russell of Wynnewood (PA.) Friend Central, who crossed in 9:37.65. Rauber's time was less than two seconds off the Section 3 record of 9:32.27 by Kaitlyn Neal of Fayetteville-Manlius in 2016.

   "She led after three laps and never looked back," said her coach and mother Michelle Rauber. "With a lap to go she put the hammer down and no one could go with her. It was awesome."

   Fayetteville-Manlius also raced its way to a championship at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. Phoebe White, Fiona Mejico, Susan Bansbach and Claire Walters (4:43.34 anchor leg) cruised to the distance medley relay title in 11:45.28. Beavercreek (Ohio) was second in 11:49.14 and Saratoga Springs third in 11:49.79.

   In prelim action, Shenendehowa qualified first for the large school final of the girls 3,200 relay with a time of 9:15.57.

   Girls lacrosse milestone: Erin Coykendall registered her 600th career point as Spencerport improved to 9-1 with a 25-1 rout of Brockport.

   She is second to Shannon Smith of West Babylon on the NYSPHSAA career points list. Smith finished her career in 2008 with 729 points.

   Extra-innings baseball: All that Anthony Lapine was trying to do was to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner along into scoring position in the eighth inning. Instead, the bunt forced an errant throw up the right-field line and Shane Hazelmyer raced all the way home to give Liverpool a 5-4, walk-off win over previously unbeaten Baldwinsville.

   Liverpool salvaged a win in the three-game set despite having to go up against Bees ace Jason Savacool, a junior coming off a perfect game against Auburn.

   College choice: Section 5 career scoring leader Miles Brown signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Ohio University, where his brother Michael Jr. will enroll as a preferred walk-on on an academic scholarship.

   "It was an easy decision, I definitely wasn't going without him," Miles Brown said. "Wherever I was going, Michael was definitely going to be right by my side."

   Brown was first-team all--state in Class C as a junior and made the Class A first team this season. He is third on the state's career scoring list with 2,914 points, trailing just Joe Girard III and NBA player Lance Stephenson.

   Trying something different: The Shenendehowa Central School District is using an organic and pesticide-free treatment to care for its athletic fields, which among other things should cut down on the amount of down time the fields see.

   Treatments, which are scheduled for between four and six times a year, began two weeks ago. The plan is to apply pesticides only in emergency situations.


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