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Friday, Dec. 13, 2019: District officials unhappy about team dinner at Hooters

   Leading off today: Starting a new job about a month ago has led me to utter phrases that I'd never spoken in the first 57 years of my life. Today, I get to write a word that I don't believe I've ever used in 14 years of blogging about high school sports: Hooters.

   It seems that the previously unbeaten Lake George boys soccer team followed its loss to Voorheesville in the Section 2 tournament last month with a visit to Hooters, a restaurant that The Times Union noted is "known for its scantily clad, all-female waitstaff."

   "It's been taken seriously and we addressed it," District Superintendent Lynne Rutnik said. "Other than that, I can't comment on personnel issues."

   Rutnik and School Board President Tricia Connor Biles would not say if coach Blake White will remain in charge of the team next season.

   "We at the board level are aware of what occurred," Biles said. "Corrective action is being taken."

   White did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

   Cross country honors: Seniors Sam Lawler of Pittsford Mendon and Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland have been selected as cross country runners of the year by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   The honors were announced as part of the all-state team selections released Friday.

   Tuohy has known nothing but victories on the courses since finishing 13th at Nike Cross Nationals at the end of her freshman season. She recently completed her NXN three-peat and owns three NYSPHSAA Class A championships and two Federation crowns. She's also a three-time winner at the Manhattan Invitational.

   Lawler earned boys honors with a season that included a win at the McQuaid Invitational, his second straight Section 5 Class B title and first-place showings in the NYSPHSAA and Federation meets. He was 16th at NXN in Oregon.

   The full all-state teams for the boys and the girls can be found in our reference section.

   There's no slowing them: Half Hollow Hills has still lost only one boys swimming dual meet in 14 years following a 102-66 win over Ward Melville on Thursday.


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  •     • A note in the Newsday story points out that the pool at Half Hollow Hills West is metric. I don't know that such an animal existed in high school pools around the state.

       Football reminder: Reporters around the state are reminded that tomorrow is the deadline for getting all-state football nominations to Steve Grandin via email at

       Back on the sideline: Dot Guerriero retired from coaching girls basketball at Curtis High on Staten Island in 2009 after compiling a 178-111 record and winning five PSAL division championships.

       She's back on the sideline again this winter, this time with the JV boys alongside John Curatolo at McKee/Staten Island Tech as a late replacement for James Hett.

       "I had no intention of coaching at the high school level again," she said. "James Hett suddenly left the program and Charlie (Donohue, the varsity coach) had reached out to me to see if I'd consider taking the job."

       Guerriero thought it over briefly and then gladly accepted the challenge.

       "I am thoroughly enjoying it. It's been awesome and different and totally fun," she said. "It has actually surprised me how much (I'm enjoying it). It's rejuvenated me."

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