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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2019: Canton swimmers post 100th consecutive triumph

   Leading off today: Bella Jaskowski, Emily Wentworth and Julia Domena captured two events apiece Friday as Canton posted its 100th consecutive victory against Section 10 competition in girls swimming.

   Canton turned back St. Lawrence 55-39 to improve to 7-0 for the season. The triple-digit streak includes dual meets and Section 10 championship meets.

   Jaskowski won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke. Wentworth won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and Domena tool top spots in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.

   Boys soccer: Ethan Knauf racked up three goals and two assists for Lake George in a 7-2 victory over North Warren.

   Lake George, ranked 16th in the state in Class C this week, improved to 11-0-0. North Warren is 7-4-0.

   Knauf scored twice and Owen Sutton once off a Knauf assist in a 3:35 span of the second half to break open a 4-2 game.

   Closing in on a milestone: Rich McCabe is approaching 600 career victories as the boys soccer coach at Fort Ann, where he is in his 39th season. The Cardinals' 8-3-1 start this fall has raised his total to 592, potentially putting him in range to book a big round number during the postseason.

   The victory total was bolstered significantly by a 44-game winning streak in 2015-16, and his teams have earned 16 Section 2 championships.

   "Coaching is all about stealing other people's good ideas,” McCabe joked. "I've taken stuff from my high school coach, Larry Smith, who coached (at South Glens Falls) for 33 years and won 19 Foothills Council championships. He was a great mentor to me and my brothers. Our saying has been: never stop improving. That's our mantra."

   There are five second-generation players on the current roster, including the fathers of both Lunts (Tanner and Jake), both Blondins (Caleb and Ryan) and Jackson Paige. On the 2015 state championship team, there were 11 players whose fathers played for McCabe.

   "It's my passion. Until I feel like I get to a point where it's not an enjoyment anymore or it feels like a job, that's probably when I will walk away.," he told The Post-Star.

   Family tradition: Monroe-Woodbury sophomore softball player Brianna Roberts will be representing Puerto Rico in the Pan American Games beginning next weekend in Barranquilla, Colombia.

   She'll likely face felloe Section 9 ace Sam Ryan when Puerto Rico takes on Canada on Saturday.

   Ryan, a left-handed pitcher, was selected for the country's Under-17 team after trying out in Florida in June. She

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received word that she had made the team over the summer and had one request: She wanted to wear the same No. 14 that her mother wore while representing Puerto Rico for three years, which included the 1996 Olympics.

   "It's amazing that I get to follow in her footsteps," said Roberts, 15. "It's a special number. I love being able to take a little piece of her game and put it into mine."

   H.S. sports connection to scandal: The arrest of Michael Mann, who was charged with committing a $70 million in bank fraud, has a bit of a connection to high school basketball in the south.

   Mann founded Lincoln Academy, a North Carolina school tailored toward major-college basketball recruits. He is reported to have bank- rolled a huge portion of the program, which has landed commitments from several top prospects in the spring and summer.

   But those players were sent scrambling to find new options early last month when the school was closed around the same time that Mann's MyPayrollHR company was shut down Sept. 5. The FBI believes the Albany-area payroll service was legitimate but was entangled with other companies Mann alleged used to siphon off money from bank loans.

   The company processed payroll for at least 1,000 clients and their employees across the country. It's collapse created havoc for people paid via direct deposit as services that distributed payrolls on behalf of MyPayrollHR pulled back the money after the fact. It triggered numerous cases of overdrawn accounts, leaving workers, their employers and banks to untangle a huge mess.


  
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