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Sunday, March 8, 2020: Bethlehem hockey beats No. 1 Suffern in OT

   Leading off today: Jonathan Thibodeau scored off of a rebound on a power play early in overtime to give Bethlehem a 1-0 victory over Suffern in the NYSPHSAA boys ice hockey quarterfinals on Saturday.

   Suffern was ranked first and Bethlehem fourth in last week's New York State Sportswriters Association Division 1 ratings.

   Bethlehem goaltender Michael Kurdziolek turned aside 39 shots in the contest at Union College.

   Bethlehem's opponent in Saturday's semifinals in Buffalo will be Massena, which did all of its scoring in the first period of a 5-4 victory over Monroe-Woodbury.

   Nicholas Linstad scored a hat trick for the Red Raiders.

   Division 2 hockey highlights: Both Section 3 representatives advanced to the semifinals in Buffalo.

   Garrett Krieger scored two first-period goals and three overall to get top-ranked Skaneateles started on a 6-1 victory over Starpoint at Buffalo State campus. The Lakers (22-0-1) will take on Webster Thomas on Saturday.

   Meanwhile, Jimmy Kraeger scored two goals and Colin Webb added two assists to lead Whitesboro to a 4-0 victory over Rye.

   Whitesboro, which lost the Section 3 final at Skaneateles, is in the tournament with the at-large berth that is rotated among sections to fill out the quarterfinals in the bracket.

   Cameron Manley recorded the shutout in goal for the Warriors.

   State swimming recap: Garden City senior Jake Newmark won two races, including once in state-record time, in the state high school swimming championships at Nassau Aquatic Center.

   Newmark's double was a repeat of his work at last year's meet. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 35.88 seconds, beating the 1:36.19 standard set by Jack Boyd of Canisius in 2013. He also won the 500 freestyle in 4:23.24 to crush the Section 8 record (4:27.10) that he won in earning the 2019 state title.


   "Anything can happen, but I felt pretty good at practice this morning and it's nice seeing the results,” Newmark said. "I really thought I was going to show up and put up some good swims. And that (200 freestyle) record, I was thinking about it since I saw it last year. I was like, 'That's very doable for me.'"

   Newmark, who will attend Wisconsin in the fall, also set a sectional record Friday with his opening leg of :44.78 in the 400 freestyle relay.

   "He makes it look so easy even though he personally trains very hard," Garden City coach Anne Sullivan said. "This was his goal this season -- to come back and repeat as champion in the 200 and 500.

   The St. Anthony's quartet of Christopher Strange, Mark Owens, Matthew McManus, and William Swartwout had two relay triumphs, taking the 200 freestyle (1:24.33) and 400 freestyle (3:05.88).    Billy Swartwout also won the 100 backstroke in :50.27. His :44.87 anchor leg in the 400


freestyle relay allowed the Friars to edge Chaminade by .21 seconds. That gave St. Anthony's the team scoring honors for the third straight year.

   Pittsford scored a pair of NYSPHSAA victories in relay races. Junior Aaron Kusch and seniors Jacob Novozhenets, Neil Mortimer, and Liam Murphy won the 200 medley relay outright in 1:34.36. Murphy, junior Carson Rehkopf, senior Callum O'Neil, and Mortimer finished third in the 400 free relay behind St. Anthony's and Chaminade from the CHSAA.

   Kreiley and Murphy also had top-three finishes in individual races.

   On Friday, Bloomfield junior Alex Kenyon successfully defended his state diving title by scoring 515.45 points. He edged Ian Schattman (Peekskill, 510.20) and Reid Gerken (Fox Lane, 504.40).

   State indoor track recap: There were two double winners in the state indoor track championships at Staten Island's Ocean Breeze Athletic Center.

   Nadia Saunders of North Rockland won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.9 seconds and pulled out a victory in the triple jump by half an inch with an effort of 40 feet, 4½ inches.

   Brandon Smith of South Shore pulled the speed double in boys action, winning the 60 dash in :06.27 and the 55 hurdles in :07.37.

   Saunders' prior personal best in the hurdles had been :08.03.

   "I'm so happy. My goal was to win and break 8," said Saunders, a University of Virginia recruit.

   North Rockland's Katelyn Tuohy set a meet record in the girls 1,500 meters with a time of 4:20.81, kicking home in :34.0 on the bell lap. Liverpool's Jenna Schulz, who'll be Tuohy' teammate at North Carolina State next fall, was a distant second in 4:31.98.

   "That's the best I've felt running in a long time," Tuohy said.

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