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Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020: Peyton Lufkin becomes third brother to reach 2,000

   Leading off today: Argyle's Peyton Lufkin became the third Lufkin brother to score 2,000 points, scoring 17 on Friday during a boys basketball loss to Hadley-Luzerne.

   Lufkin, who had 1,999 career points entering the game, went over 2,000 with a 3-pointer 1:24 into the 59-50 loss. Lufkin joins his brothers Joey (2,146 career points, class of 2013) and Kobe (2,682 points, class of 2017) in reaching the 2K milestone.

   He is the fifth New York boy to reach 2,000 this season, joining R.J. Davis (Archbishop Stepinac), Mason Putnam (Prattsburgh), Zaire Barnes (Portledge), and Isaiah Wilson (Lyme).

   Nearly sub-four: A Colorado school boy just missed running a four-minute mile on Saturday, clocking 4:00.10.

   Cruz Culpepper, a senior from Niwot, Colorado, Was racing on th University of Washington's oversized track in pursuit of becoming the third high school runner ever to go sub-four indoors.

   The U.S. record is 3:57.81, done on a standard 200-meter track.

   More running: Pittsford Mendon senior Sam Lawler was selected Gatorade's New York boys cross country runner of the year last week.

   Lawler captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B championship, took second at the Nike Cross Nationals regional qualifier and placed 16th at the national NXN Championships.

   Lawler has signed a National Letter of Intent to run for Syracuse University next fall.

   More track and field: Webster Thomas senior Monique Hardy's performance at the Millrose Games earlier this month nearly approached a national high school record in the weight throw.

   Hardy's heave of 66-11.25 moved her to No. 2 on the all-time list. The national record of 68-2.5 was set in 2011 by Shelby Ashe of St. Pius X Catholic in Atlanta.

   Her previous best had been 64-7.25.

   Hardy has committed to continuing her career at Louisiana State University.

   Milestone win: Mamaroneck head coach Mike Chiapparelli and assistant Art Bruno collaborated on their 500th career boys ice hockey victory last night in a 3-1 triumph against North Rockland.


   Milestone on the horizon: Batavia Notre Dame boys basketball coach Mike Rapone could record his 700th career win this week.

   The Fighting Irish play at Lyndonville on Wednesday in the final game of the regular season.

   Rapone, a 1971 graduate of the school, is in his 40th season at Notre Dame. His teams have won nine Section 5 championships in four different classifications in 18 finals as well as a pair of NYSPHSAA titles.

   Football notes: Michael Corona is leaving a Staten Island position to take over as the coach at St. Joe's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo. Corona, 38, who played football and wrestled at UB, coached five seasons at St. Joseph's-by-the-Sea of Staten Island.

   Corona, who played in high school at Greece Athena, takes over for Derek Landri after he and St. Joe's parted ways after four seasons. He was 20-25 at the Staten Island school, including 8-2 last fall.

    • Matt Bradshaw resigned at Lewiston-Porter after posting a 9-18 record in three seasons, including 3-6 last fall. He will continue to coach boys basketball.

   Former all-state gridder arrested: Ohio State dropped Jahsen Wint and Amir Riep from the football team Wednesday, one day after police charged them with raping and kidnapping a woman at an apartment building this month.

   Wint was a third-team all-state linebacker for Erasmus Hall of the PSAL in 2015.

   Wint and Riep were taken into custody Tuesday night. Police said Riep grabbed the woman's neck, "forcing her onto her hands and knees and vaginally penetrating her." Wint entered the room and forced oral penetration while Riep held the woman in place with his body, according to an affidavit submitted to the Franklin County Municipal Court.

   Riep, a cornerback from Cincinnati entering his senior season, appeared in 37 games for the Buckeyes. Wint, a redshirt senior safety, appeared in 35 games.

   More to come: I still have a few other recent items to catch up on -- and I still owe some folks replies to emails that have accumulated -- over the next day or two.

   I started blogging on in 2005 and my absence last week was by far my longest disappearing act while the school year has been in progress.

   I recently accepted a writing job with a national sports website that's flying a bit under the radar at the moment but is getting bigger and better at a rapid pace. Last week was a chance for me to attend a retreat in Florida, where I met many of my colleagues and discussed what we envision our future to be.

   The new gig will definitely keep me hopping, but I don't expect another prolonged absence from the New York high school sports scene any time soon.

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