Leading off today: Erin O'Connor
scored six goals to help Remsen clinch a tie for the Center State Conference with Poland with a 11-0 girls soccer victory over Old Forge on Friday.
O'Connor also added an assist. Her goals gave O'Connor a school-record 53 for the season for Remsen (14-2).
According to the NYSPHSAA, Nicole Roberts of Tamarac holds the single-season record of 65 goals in 1991.
Benched: Over 20 Marcus Whitman student-athletes are facing suspension from playing after officials of the Section 5 school say they attended a party last weekend where they believe alcohol was served.
The school district and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the party at the home of a Marcus Whitman student, Superintendent Mike Chirco told The Daily Messenger.
Chirco said the district is contacting students and parents. AD Gil Jackson said 21 athletes violated the district’s athletic code. The football team had its scheduled pool-play game against University Preparatory Charter School canceled.
Busted: A Christ the King assistant girls basketball coach was arrested this month in a drug bust at his Queens apartment, costing him his coaching job, The New York Daily News reported Friday.
Joe DeLuca, 26, a former basketball player at Christ the King who guided the girls junior varsity team last season and assisted Bob Mackey with the nationally respected varsity team, was one of four men arrested on drug and weapons charges at a home in which DeLuca was living, the paper reported.
Police reportedly seized 30 grams of cocaine, ecstasy pills and marijuana. A shotgun was also recovered. The men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree; criminal use of drug paraphernalia; endangering the welfare of the 13-year-old daughter of one of the other defendants; knowingly possessing or selling gelatin capsules, glassine envelopes, or other materials suitable for packaging; possessing scales and balances used for the purpose of weighing or measuring controlled substances and criminal possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana.
A source told the paper DeLuca coaching contract at the school will not be renewed. DeLuca also coaches the NYC Lady Warriors travel team, according to the team’s website.
DeLuca couldn't be reached for comment, the paper said. Mackey and Christ the King principal Peter Mannarino did not return calls seeking comment.
Football tidbits: Rome Free Academy has officially recorded its first winless season since 1900, dropping a 31-9 decision to Cicero-North Syracuse in a Section 3 crossover on Thursday. The Black Knights, 9-24 in their last four seasons had gone 0-4-1 in 1900.
When Chester's Saxon Smith scored 49 TDs last fall, he became the only New York player not named Mike Hart ever to hit paydirt that many times in a season. Now, Tyler Rouse is making a run at him. The Baldwinsville senior scored five more on Friday to increase his season total to 39. MaxPreps had Rouse leading the country in TDs and points entering the weekend. (See the New York single-season list here.)
Left over from Clyde-Savannah's 55-34 win last weekend against Watervliet: The Golden Eagles' Joe Faniel scored TDs in five different ways -- receiving, kickoff return, punt return, interception return and fumble return.
Firming up the details: Cheerleading has long been a tough topic in the world of high school athletics, particularly since much of the sideline show transitioned from "rah-rah" and pom-poms to highly demanding