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Thursday, April 18, 2013: NYSPHSAA, Time Warner sign 10-year deal

   Leading off today: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has signed a 10-year rights agreement that makes Time Warner Cable Sports the official content distributor of NYSPHSAA regional and state championship sports programming throughout the state, the organizations announced Wednesday.

   Time Warner Cable Sports has exclusive rights to telecast all boys and girls regional, semifinal and championship events in New York state. The deal also grants Time Warner exclusive rights to carry NYSPHSAA content on mobile, Internet and on-demand platforms.

   "Time Warner Cable is the leading cable provider in our state and with our new, long-term relationship, they are committed to delivering telecasts of high school athletics to hundreds of communities in New York state," Robert Zayas, the NYSPHSAA's executive director, said in a statement. "They bring a high level of professionalism and the ability to highlight our student-athletes in a manner that exceeds expectations. Their broadcasts on TV and the Internet for the next 10 years will add to the excitement of our state championship events as well as allow our association to truly promote the value of education-based athletics."

   The NYSPHSAA is the largest high school sports organization in the state, governing 782 high schools participating in 35 interscholastic sports.

   "We are thrilled to have the privilege of covering our hometown heroes," Steve Arvan, senior director of local sports programming at Time Warner Cable, said in the statement.

   The first new addition to the playoff coverage lineup will be softball this spring.

   Milestones: It's been a good couple of days for high achievers in New York high school sports.

   Austin Goltz scored eight goals and Orchard Park defeated Frontier 15-5 Wednesday for coach Gene Tundoís 500th boys lacrosse victory. Tundo is in his 34th season coaching the Quakers.

   Erika Kenny and Tori Powers combined on a three-hitter for Duanesburg during an 11-2 softball win Wednesday vs. Fort Plain, giving coach John Conway career win No. 300.

   Molly Malone scored four goals, including the 200th of her career, as Ossining topped Rye 15-13 in girls lacrosse.

   Streak snapped: Kayla Hahn pitched a one-hitter for Hutch-Tech in a 3-1 softball victory that snapped a Buffalo City Honors winning streak vs. league competition that dated back to the 2001 season.

   Hahn struck out 11 batters.

   City Honors went 10-0 against city opponents last season, outscoring them 164-3. Hutch-Tech was the last team to beat Honors -- 7-6 in the championship game of the 2001 Columbia Cup playoffs.

   What a start: Cicero-North Syracuse's Sydney O'Hara struck out 20 batters and pitched her second no-hitter of the season en route to an 11-0 softball win over Central

  
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Square on Wednesday.

   In two starts, O'Hara has struck out 37 batters in 14 innings.

   "I donít want to say Iím shocked, but it's a little shocking the amount of strikeouts," C-NS coach Mary Beebe told The Post-Standard. "She's worked hard to get to where sheís at right now."

   Back to work: The Pearl River school board reinstated Laurie Mayernik as coach of the schoolís girls lacrosse team on Wednesday a week after placing her on leave to investigate a complaint, The Journal News reported.

   The board was set to have Mayernik address the allegations in a hearing on April 23. Mayernik, who is in her 15th year at Pearl River, has already said this would be her last season with the Pirates.

   Stepping down: Family considerations have led two successful boys basketball coaches to step down this week.

   Two months removed from a trip to the Section 2 finals, Matt Sgambati has decided to step down at Schuylerville. Sgambati, 42, cited a desire to spend more time with his 10-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son, who are both becoming more involved with sports.

   He was 227-71 with three sectional titles at Schuylerville plus a championship in his only season at Mechanicville.

   Archbishop Stepinac's Tim Philp, 35, whose wife Jen is due with the coupleís second child in July, has resigned from his alma mater.

   He coached at Stepinac for 10 seasons, including nine as the varsity coach. His teams were 135-103 and won the CHSAA Class A championship in 2010. Philp coached a total of 17 college players.


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