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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019: Marion's DeLyser sets U.S. career goals mark

   Leading off today: The long chase ended in short order Tuesday in Walworth.

   Marion senior Chloe DeLyser completed a hat trick just 11:56 into the contest against Gananda to become the leading scorer in U.S. girls high school soccer history.

   DeLyser finished with five goals in the 7-0 victory to push her career total to 319 goals. The previous mark of 316 was set by Esmie Gonzalez of Fort Worth, Texas.

   "It feels like a lot relief," the Ohio State commit said. "Because, you know every day we're like, 'How close are you?' But right now it's just exciting, getting to do it with this team my senior year. But it's a lot of relief going into sectionals. Now I can just focus on that."

   DeLyser's senior totals are up to 59 goals and 20 assists with one game left in the region season.

   As a seventh-grader she scored 29 goals. She followed that with 37 goals as an eighth grader and then 47, 68 and 79 in the subsequent three seasons.

   Sherwin steps down: The winningest active boys basketball coach in Section 2 is leaving the sideline for now. Argyle's school board last week appointed 2010 graduate Matt Stevens to replace Jack Sherwin, who has 448 victories in 26 seasons.

   Sherwin, who began his coaching career with Newcomb in Section 7, remains as athletic director. But he cited unspecified off-court distractions as a factor in his decision to give up coaching for at least the time being.

   "I always said when the distractions take away from the coaching of the kids, I'd have to think about not coaching anymore," Sherwin said. "And the off-court distractions are becoming evident more and more, so I decided to take a look at (not coaching)."

   He did not rule out a return to coaching in the future.

   Sherwin's Argyle teams won nine Section 2 Class D titles and one in Class C. The 2012-13 team ran the table and earned the NYSPHSAA Class D championship.

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   Boys soccer: I suspect that people will be talking about Ithaca's victory over Maine-Endwell in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference semifinals for a very long time. Ithaca won on penalty kicks 5-3 after the teams ended overtime tied 4-4.

   And it was every bit as crazy as you'd suspect, including Maine-Endwell senior Jack Coleman finishing with four goals -- plus a successful penalty kick in the shootout -- in a losing effort.

   Ithaca's Bablut Eh scored the decisive penalty kick in the shootout, directing his kick high to the middle moments after teammate Willem Magre made a diving save on a low shot to deny Payton Bennett.

   "That's the stuff you dream of as a kid, to put the last penalty kick in," Eh said. "It's only the STAC semi. We'll see what happens in the final."

  
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   Maine-Endwell played a man down for 90 minutes after sweeper Santino Aybar was given a red card 10 minutes into play after he tackled Terry Paw on a breakaway while the Spartans led 1-0. The Little Red's Oleksa Vatamaniuk (two goals) missed the ensuing penalty kick, but Ithaca poured in three goals over the next 15 minutes on the way to a 4-2 lead.

   But Coleman scored midway through the second half and again with 4:29 to go n regulation.

   "He has something very special with the way he plays," Ithaca coach Gilbert Antoine said of Coleman, a Syracuse University commit. "We had a hard time marking him because he doesn't stay in one spot. He moves around, he gets you lost."

   Ithaca (12-2) will play Oneonta in the STAC final on Thursday at Maine-Endwell.

   Boys golf: Mathew Smith of Hoosick Falls recorded his first career hole-in-one on the 147-yard sixth hole at Orchard Creek Golf Club en route to a 3-under-par 68 for the first-round lead in Section 2's boys state tournament qualifier.

   Smith will carry a one-stroke lead into Friday's final round. Four golfers played the opening 18 under par, the first time since 2015 that any competitor shot par or better in the first round.

   "I didn't think it would be this low," said Saratoga Springs senior A.J. Cavotta, who is tied for second with Jimmy King of Niskayuna at 2-under 69. "I've played a lot of tournaments here, and I haven't seen it this low."


  
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