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Monday, Feb. 13, 2012: Greece hockey player accused of assault during practice

   Leading off today: A junior defenseman on Greece Athena/Odyssey's state-ranked hockey team faces a misdemeanor assault charge following an altercation with another player during practice, Rochester-area media reported Monday.

   According to Greece police, Tyler Grimshaw, 17, was charged with third-degree assault in connection with an incident Feb. 6 at Lakeshore Hockey Arena. The 14-year-old victim suffered a concussion, police said.

   Grimshaw is the No. 2 goal-scorer this season for his team, ranked 13th in the state in Division I last week. He is also tied for 13th in the 23-team league in penalty minutes this winter.

   Grimshaw scored two goals in a 5-4 victory over Gates Chili two days after the alleged assault.

   Grimshaw, a second-team Section 5 High School Hockey League all-star in 2011, was issued an appearance ticket after school officials notified police. He is due back in Greece Town Court on Feb. 22.

   Charges dropped, but ... : Two felony charges against fired Gates Chili boys basketball coach Monte Nowden were dropped in Gates Town Court on Monday, but that doesn't necessarily put him in the clear.

   Nowden, 38, is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old female student last month inside a nearby movie theater. With numerous Gates Chili students present to show support for Nowden, Gates Town Justice Peter Pupatelli dismissed the charges because the prosecution didn't have "significant proof." The prosecutor in the case said she didn't want to put the teen on the stand during the preliminary hearing to keep someone in custody who isn't in custody. Instead, the Monroe County District Attorney's office will present the case to the grand jury.

   Nowden had been charged Feb. 6 with third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sex act and was released on $5,000 bail.

   Christ the King KO's C-NS: Sophomore Sierra Calhoun scored 13 of her 20 points in the second half to lift Christ the King to a 66-60 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse, the top-ranked NYSPHSAA Class AA girls basketball team.

   The Royals had been 0-6 vs. nationally ranked foes this season until beating the Northstars, ranked fifth by USA Today, at The Mecca Challenge in The Bronx.

   CN-S senior Breanna Stewart, selected to the McDonald's All-America Game two days earlier, finished with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Calhoun and Stewart play summer ball together on the Philly Belles team.

   New hope for Nazareth? More than 2,500 Nazareth High School alumni have offered to help the Brooklyn school just days after school officials announced that a drop in enrollment and seven-figure deficit would force them to close the doors in June.

   Nazareth board chairwoman Alice Hession promised to investigate whether a cash infusion would be enough to save the school but made no promises about Nazareth's fate in light of ongoing shortfalls in enrollment.

   “Our main source of income is tuition and when that continues to fall this is what happens,” Hession told The New York Daily News.

   No forfeits: Christ the King and Bishop Ford will not have to forfeit girls basketball games against Nazareth that they declined to play last month following Nazareth coach Apache Paschall's death, CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens principals committee chairman John Lorenzetti said. Instead, the games will be made up this month.

   "At the meeting, the three principals sat down and talked and keeping the Christian and Catholic philosophies, everyone felt it was in the best interest for those games to be played," Lorenzetti said. "We are working out the schedule as we speak.

   After the cancellation of the games, Nazareth requested sought to receive forfeit victories that could have also triggered a process to terminate the season for Bishop Ford and Christ the King. The CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Eligibility and Infractions Committee sided with Nazareth,

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but the principals committee subsequently postponed its meeting last week. That gave the three schools more time to work out a solution on their own.

   Late last week, the Infractions and Eligibility Committee ruled that freshman Mary Louis transfer Brittany Jackson was eligible to play for Nazareth, clearing the Lady Kingsmen from possible forfeits.

   Skaneateles stands down: The Skaneateles Central School District has reached an out-of-court settlement with Section 3 that apparently ends the dispute in which the high school football team was booted out of the sectional playoffs last fall.

   The district withdrew a lawsuit that was to be heard in Onondaga County Supreme Court last week, the Eagle Newspapers reported, with the parties apparently agreeing to split approximately $22,000 legal costs incurred by Section 3.

   “They wanted us to pay the whole thing and we told them no,” School board President Evan Dreyfuss said. “We didn’t want to go to court, but we had to keep (the legal action) going to not pay. If we had done nothing we would have had to pay.”

   Dennis O’Hara, a lawyer representing the school district, told The Post-Standard that Skaneateles reserves the right to challenge whether Section 3 violated the state open meetings law during procedures that led to the football team's suspension and triggered two rounds in court. Section 3 Executive Director John Rathbun said his organization was within the law when it went into executive session before emerging to vote publicly on the disciplinary action.

   Administrator dies: Section 8 Executive Director Todd Heimer died Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 56. Heimer ran Nassau County high school athletics for 18 years and was a volunteer firefighter for 22.

   "He was one of those guys," North Shore AD Don Lang told Newsday. "No matter what the problem was, you could always go to him and he'd find a solution."

   Extra points: Samantha Nadel's winning time of 4:46.19 on Saturday at The Armory set a record for the girls mile at The Millrose Games. The Georgetown recruit just missed her national season best of 4:46.11 in defending her championship.

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