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Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019: Retired Corcoran baseball coach Southworth dies

   Leading off today: Veteran Syracuse Corcoran baseball coach Bob Southworth, a winner of more than 700 games before retiring in 2015, dies Saturday at the age of 83.

   He was a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and the Corcoran Sports Hall of Fame. A moment of silence was observed prior to the Henninger-Corcoran football game Saturday.

   "He had an impact on so many guy's lives, it was unreal," said former Corcoran player and close friend Chip Matteson, who coached with Southworth.

   Southworth started the baseball program at Corcoran, where he taught history, in 1965-66 and coached varsity baseball for 50 seasons with a final record of 709-403. He also was president of the Valley Babe Ruth organization for decades and was the Section 3 baseball chairman for years.

   "There was no one more passionate and loyal, and just an advocate for baseball," said former Corcoran AD April Wertheim, now the director of athletics, health and physical education for the Syracuse City Schools. "He would have practiced seven days a week if I would have let him."

   Cross country: It was another one of those weekends during which runners were spread all over the state (and then some) with not much in the way of intriguing showdowns that tend to result in monster times.

   One performance that was eye-catching came courtesy of North Rockland at Section 1 Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park ... and, no, we're not talking about Katelyn Tuohy.

   Tuohy was her usual stellar self, winning the girls Varsity 1 race by 500 meters with a time of 17:22.1 to lead the girls team to a solid victory.

   Running in the boys Varsity II race, North Rockland placed second to Mount Academy despite a big one-two punch at the top. North Rockland senior Daniel Shepard clocked an impressive 16:19.4 to beat teammate Bryan Onody by 19 seconds and Mount Academy sophomore Ike Blough by 34.

    • A lot of New York talent traveled to Rhode Island for the Brown Invitational, where Smithtown senior Michael Danzi won the boys championship division in 15:29.24 and Eastport-South Manor junior captured the Division 2 race in 15:37.94.

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   Coin flip: Canandaigua came out on the short end of a coin flip in Section 5, where a deep field of contenders left three football teams tied for the third spot with 6-1 records heading into the Class A quarterfinals.

   Spencerport wound up getting the No. 3 seeding and Victor the fourth. Despite its 6-1 record, Canandaigua will have to play at Victor next weekend.

   Coach arrested: Ballston Spa first-year football coach Jason Ohnsman has been placed on leave by the school district after he was charged with DWI Saturday night, Albany-area media reported Sunday.

   District Superintendent Ken Slentz notified parents by email that assistant coach Greg O'Connor will serve as interim head coach of the 5-2 squad until further notice, The Times Union reported.

   "Our goal is to make this situation as minimally disruptive as possible to the team so that they may continue to focus

  
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on the next game in what has truly been an extraordinary season for them," Slentz wrote. "As we work through the situation, we will continue to update you as necessary and would ask for your continued support of our student athletes, coaches and the team as they move into sectional play."

   According to reports, Ohnsman was stopped around 7 p.m. Saturday for a taillight violation, at which time an officer smelled alcohol and administered a sobriety test. Ohnsman was arrested and taken to the Ballston Spa Police Department, where a breathalyzer test showed a BAC of .14, police said.

   Coming Monday: Archbishop Stepinac basketball point guard R.J. Davis will announce his college choice Monday morning, the school disclosed.

   Davis has narrowed his list of schools to Georgetown, Marquette, North Carolina and Pittsburgh.

   Following up: Marion senior Chloe DeLyser scored four goals and added four assists in a 10-0 girls soccer blowout over Sodus on Friday. DeLyser raised her career goal total to 323, more than the reported total for any varsity player in U.S. scholastic history. She entered the regular-season finale tied for the lead at 319.

   Interesting protest: Four members of the Burlington (Vt.) High girls soccer team were issued yellow cards after the Seahorses scored the go-ahead goal late in a game Friday.

   Moments after Helen Worden scored with five minutes to play, the four team members peeled off the tops of their blue uniforms to reveal custom-made white shirts beneath with a message of "#EqualPay."

   Many in the crowd were also wearing the shirts, which were sold by the soccer team as a fundraiser built around support for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team in its dispute with the national governing body over compensation.

   The shirts were priced at $25, with men invited to pay 16 percent more ($4.80) as a symbol of the average disparity between what men and women make in Vermont.

   The yellow cards were mandatory under a rule prohibiting players from taking off their jerseys during a game.


  
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