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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013: Mercy's Donnan completes alpine ski sweep

   Leading off today: Gibson Donnan won the giant slalom title Tuesday to complete the alpine skiing individual sweep and lead Mercy from Section 5 to its first girls team crown at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Bristol Mountain.

   Donnan, who won the slalom the previous day, posted a two-run time of 1 minute, 52.46 seconds to edge defending champ Maggie Gilligan of Honeoye Falls-Lima.

   Mercy finished with 87 points, 18 ahead of second-place Shenendehowa.

   Donnan, 17, spent the past three years training at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, where she told the Democrat and Chronicle she “spent all day, every day thinking about skiing and improved a bunch.”

   She trailed Gilligan by three-quarters of a second after the first run but tamed the mountain in 56.63 seconds in her second run, more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Gilligan.

   On the boys side, senior Kieran Mottau of Saratoga took individual honors in 1:50.29 to edge Hunter Doyle of Pittsford Mendon (1:50.33).

   Windham-Ashland-Jewett earned the boys alpine championship by two points over Webster.

   In the nordic half of the meet, the Pittsford Mendon boys and Honeoye Falls-Lima girls defended their team championships in the two-day event at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Park.

   HF-L's team of Jordan Reed, Hannah Cole and Riley Douglas completed the 9-kilometer course in a first-place time of 29:37.08. Cole, who finished first Monday in the individual race, had the fastest split with a 9:45.04.

   Mendon clinched its boys title by winning the relay. Josh Eidem, Tommy Ernst and Gavin Hess finished first in 25:57.01.

   Schedule change: Despite an unexpected overtime loss to Manhattanville in the ECAC Semifinals on Saturday, the Utica College men’s hockey team is in the running to host an NCAA playoff game March 6 at the Utica Auditorium.

   The problem with that, of course, is that the NYSPHSAA has four semifinals scheduled in the same building that day. In a preemptive move, organizers of the high school event have moved up their start times, freeing up the ice for an evening college game if necessary.

   March 9 games will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the state hockey committee moved their hall of fame induction ceremony to between games the following afternoon.

   The last berth was to be decided Wednesday night when Beekmantown and Plattsburgh were scheduled to meet in the Section 7 final at the Stafford Ice Arena. The winner draws a first-round bye and moves into the Division II semifinals in Utica.

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   Back in business: Rockland County’s second-winningest football coach is expected to be back on the job next fall in a new role.

   Rich Conklin, who won 218 games in 35 seasons at Nanuet, will join Mike Scarpelli’s Clarkstown South staff as offensive coordinator pending approval by the school board, The Journal News reported.

   The development is the result of a by-chance meeting between Conklin and Scarpelli shortly after he retired two years ago. Scarpelli brought up the idea of returning to coaching then, but Conklin said he promised his family he’d take at least a year off.

   “Two years go by; it was November and I’m driving by Nanuet High School,” Scarpelli told the newspaper. “I see the sign, ‘the undefeated unscored upon (1989) season.’ It just hit me. ... I cannot believe that no one’s swiped this guy up yet.”

   Brackets progress: Our first crack at the boys brackets for the upcoming NYSPHSAA boys basketball tournament have been loaded onto the site. Obviously, many more teams will be added to the brackets in the next few days, but most of the times and sites -- beginning with games next Tuesday -- for the state tourney are now listed.

   I'll be rounding up as much of the info on the girls brackets as I can over the next 36 hours, hopefully rolling those out onto the site early Friday evening.

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