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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019: North Tonawanda ends Grand Island's league streak

   Leading off today: Midfielder Kaia O'Rourke scored the winning goal in the 31st minute, and North Tonawanda ended Grand Island's 85-match unbeaten streak in Niagara Frontier League girls soccer with a 2-1 victory in the league's championship game on Wednesday.

   Grand Island, ranked fifth in the state in Class A this week, had won five straight Frontier League titles.

   Macey Gioeli scored the first North Tonawanda goal. Jessica Tyrrell made eight saves in the victory.

   Boys soccer: Joey Zachary's 21st goal of the season 14 minutes into the contest held up as Lewiston-Porter upset Niagara Wheatfield 1-0 in the Niagara Frontier League tournament.

   Goalkeeper Joe Beatty made 18 saves for Lew-Port. Niagara Wheatfield is ranked second in the state in Class A.

    • Sean LaPeters tallied twice for Ward Melville in a 4-3 victory over William Floyd, ranked 15th in the state in Class AA.

   William Floyd grabbed the lead early in the second half as Sebastian Sosa scored from 18 yards out, but LaPeters stole the ball from the Floyd back line less than a minute later and scored. The Patriots went ahead for good 13 second later when Ben Perez scored into the lower right corner.

   Marathon finale: Queensbury swept Glens Falls in girls volleyball action on Wednesday, but it's not like the Indians left quietly. After winning the first two games 25-10 and 25-18, Queensbury had to battle to a 34-32 victory in the third game.

   Whoops: You know that adage about records being made to be broken? Well, that's not so much the case in girls soccer as Marion senior Chloe DeLyser's crowning career moment on Tuesday may or may not count as a national record depending on how you look at it.

   DeLyser scored five goals against Gananda in the next-to-last game of the regular season to reach 319 for her career. That was widely reported as being enough to eclipse the 316 goals by Esmie Gonzalez of Fort Worth, Texas, from 2016-16 that the National Federation of State High School Associations lists as the U.S. scholastic record.


   But a source supplied Paul Gotham of with information Thursday showing that there was a Missouri girl who finished her career with 319 goals, which would leave DeLyser in a tie for moment.

   Kassi Ginther of Summit Christian Academy scored an ungodly 123 goals in 28 games as a senior to finish her career with what the Kansas City Star reported at the time was 319 goals. However, if you reconcile the information in that story with Ginther's biography on the Iowa State women's soccer website, it appears her actual total could have "only" been 312 goals.

   Why Ginther's achievement isn't listed on the NFHS website was not immediately clear, but uncovering the Missouri schoolgirl's prolific goals total was only half the story of the day.

   The New York State Public High School Athletic Association received correspondence this week from the NFHS saying DeLyser's goal total cannot be recognized as football site

the national mark in any case because individual statistics in their record books are limited to performances in grades 9-12.

   DeLyser scored 29 varsity goals in seventh grade and 37 more in eighth grade. Backing those numbers out, the NFHS considers her total through Tuesday to be 253 goals. Depending on whether Ginther's numbers are legit in the eyes of the NFHS, that would leave DeLyser third or fourth on the U.S. list with little chance of moving past the 286 by Erin Martin of Temple City, California from 1989-92.

   Regardless, DeLyser will head off to Ohio State in the fall as the undisputed NYSPGSAA record-holder.

   WROC-TV has additional details about today's development, including the reaction of administrators at Marion.

   Coaching news: Danielle Arnone has stepped down as girls basketball coach at Lake Shore after guiding the Eagles to an appearance in the state tournament last season.

   Former West Seneca West JV coach Zachary Marshall has been appointed to replace Arnone.

   College choices: There's been a "run" on Section 3 distance stars in the past week as a couple of Division I programs have garnered commitments from two apiece.

   Claire Walters of Fayetteville Manlius and Liverpool's Jenna Schulz disclosed that they will head to North Carolina State next fall. F-M's Phoebe White and Syracuse CBA's Olivia Monganti have chosen the University of Pennsylvania.

   North Carolina State is ranked ninth and Penn 23rd this week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

   More to come: I can easily fill another blog with stuff I've stumbled across the past 24 hours, but I think I'll hold off on that for the time being. Instead, I'm going to try to come back Thursday evening with what I've been able to pull together regarding a complicated story out of Section 5.

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