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Monday, Jan. 13, 2020: Canisius rallies to tie St. Joe's in hockey

   Leading off today: Dan Tacco scored with 6:39 left in the third period to even the score at 2-2 and Canisius and St. Joe's settled for an overtime tie Sunday at Buffalo State.

   Canisius rallied from a 2-0 deficit after John Gallagher and Frankie Attea scored first-period goals for the Marauders. Vincent Mauro scored for Canisius with 6:21 left in the second period and assisted on Tacco's goal.

   Luke Kerwin made 24 saves in goal for Canisius, Joseph Fronczak of St. Joe's had 31 stops.

   St. Joe's is ranked second and Canisius sixth in the most recent New York State Sportswriters Association ratings.

   Cardozo triumphs: Romelo Faison had 12 points and Chamari Baskerville had 11 for Cardozo in a 40-42 win over Baldwin in the Gary Charles Hoop Classic at Adelphi University.

   The Judges (16-0) are ranked fourth and Baldwin ninth in the most recent NYSSWA Class AA ratings.

   In other games from the showcase:

Mike Sixsmith hit a 3-pointer with :04 left to give Holy Trinity, ranked eighth in Class A, an 81-80 win over Thomas Jefferson of the PSAL.

   Holy Trinity scored the final eight points in a span of 37 seconds after Jefferson reeled off 12 unanswered points for a 80-73 lead.

   T.J. Long had 29 points and Sixsmith 21 for Holy Trinity.

    • Center Moriches, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B, remained unbeaten with a 64-62 win over Chaminade. Emond Frazier had 16 points and Ahkee Anderson added 13 points for Center Moriches.

   BCA edges Park: Brooklyn Collegiate Academy defeated Class A No. 1 Park School 92-84 in the Brooklyn Post Invitational boys basketball showcase.

   Tahron Allen and Amahrie Simpkins scored 23 points apiece, combining for 17-for-22 shooting from the field. Senior Jaylin Anderson contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds for BCA, ranked sixth in the state in Class AA.

    • Westinghouse turned the game around with a full-court press that created 10 third-quarter turnovers en route to handing Rochester East a 70-60 loss in the Brooklyn Post Invitational for the Section 5 school's first setback of the season.

   Junior guard Elijah Nedd scored 12 of his 19 points in the period as the Warriors outscored the Eagles 27-6 to take a 54-40 lead. Westinghouse's Ebenezer Ofei finished with 25 points.

   Sophomore Justus Ross-Simmons scored 31 points for East, ranked fifth n the state in Class A.

   "We just didn't match their physicality," East coach Darrell Barley said. "We were up by 10 and then they got every loose ball. Seemed like they got every rebound. It wasn't really a game in which we gave effort as a team."

   Milestone for Davis: Archbishop Stepinac senior R.J. Davis became Westchester County's all-time scoring leader with 32 points during the Crusaders' 81-68 loss to Rutgers Prep in the Empire Invitational at Mount St. Michael.


   Davis, a North Carolina commit who has 2,121 points, passed Boston College great Danya Abrams, who set the mark in 1993 after a standout career at Woodlands and Hackley. Davis is 500 points behind No. 1 Kenny Anderson on the all-time CHSAA scoring list.

   Award recipient: Ossining outside hitter Mychael Vernon has been selected Gatorade's New York player of the year in girls volleyball.

   The 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter finished with 719 kills, 279 digs, 60 service aces and 48 blocks this past season.

   Vernon has signed to play volleyball on scholarship at Oregon State University next fall.

   Bay Shore leads the way: Bay Shore has started the first girls-only varsity wrestling team in New York State, Newsday reported.

   The team, open to girls at any Suffolk County school, is comprised of 10 girls from Bay Shore and a total of 10 more from Islip, Connetquot, East Islip, Westhampton Beach, Brentwood and Babylon.

   "I want our girls to understand just how significant, how important it is, that this team is groundbreaking," said coach Amber Atkins, who wrestled for the Bay Shore boys team from 2007-10. "We're the start of something big. We're trailblazers, and we want other schools to follow."

   The team competes exclusively against girls in individual tournaments scattered around the state since there are no other girls-only teams.

   Tom Combs, executive director of Section 11, said there are 61 other girls wrestling in Suffolk County as members of boys teams.

   Bay Shore AD Bob Panariello said the goal is to add more teams on Long Island and eventually a state tournament. Eighteen states already have girls state tournaments.

   Potential trouble at Carmel: Veteran Carmel football coach Todd Cayea may be in a battle to keep his coaching position and potentially his teaching license according to Hudson Valley Sports Report.

   In a column last week, Rich Thomaselli reported that Cayea and former boys basketball coach Paul Brennan got into an argument two months ago over Cayea's son and his role on the team.

   Brennan resigned a day later and was replaced by Joe Ross, and Thomaselli reports that Cayea was called into the superintendent's office and told to bring union representation.

   What's happened since is not known because no one directly involved is talking, but Cayea was removed from stipend positions such as supervising the weight room and running the clock at basketball games.

   The Jan. 21 board of education meeting could be critical. At that time, according to the column, the school board could begin a 3020A proceeding against Cayea.

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