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Monday, Nov. 4, 2013: Section 1 tennis players pull title sweep

   Leading off today: Section 1 swept the finals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls tennis championships Monday at Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham.

   Top-seeded Christina Sisti of Ursuline won the singles crown with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 victory over teammate Sabrina Barisano, the second seed.

   Edgemont’s Tomo Iwasaki and Alexa Goldberg, the top-seeded doubles pair, won their final by a core of 6-3, 6-3 over Rye Neck’s Ekim Buyuk and Diana King, the second-seeded team, in another all-Section 1 match. Iwasaki and Goldberg finished third in 2011 and lost the final last fall.

   Continuing the Section 1 domination, Eastchester’s Gillian Perrotta and Caroline McAtee topped Chandrika Samapala and Chhinda Som of Brighton 6-0, 6-3 in the doubles consolation final.

   Awards time: Riverhead senior Carolyn Carrera was named New York’s female state winner of the 2013 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, given for excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership. Carrera and male winner John McCarthy of Corning were picked from 48,000 applicants in the state, Newsday reported.

   Twelve national finalists and an overall winner will be chosen Dec. 13. The fast-food chain will donate $10,000 to each winner’s high school.

   Football progress: Kory Fogarty's 20-yard TD run in overtime sparked 16th-ranked Red Jacket to a 36-28 win over No. 9 Caledonia-Mumford in the Section 5 Class DD football final Sunday, advancing the Indians to a playoff with Clyde-Savannah for a spot in the state tournament.

   Fogarty finished with 28 carries for 137 yards.

   “These backs don’t need much room," Cal-Mum coach John Walther told the Democrat and Chronicle. "Thirty-nine (Fogarty), we had a real hard time tackling him. We would have guys in the right spot, look like we were good, but he’s running up the sideline."

   Fogarty gave Red Jacket a 28-20 lead with a short TD run with 9:10 to go, and Cal-Mum answered with a nine-play, 69-yard drive to tie on Joe Cappotelli's 1-yard run and Will Vanauken's conversion catch with 5:24 remaining.

   Red Jacket opened OT with Fogarty's score on the first play, and an interception by Sean Sheets snuffed out Cal-Mum's chance.

   Following up: The NYSPHSAA boys Class A cross country championship may well have been settled Saturday, a week ahead of the actual state meet.

   Fayetteville-Manlius, ranked first in the state, topped third-ranked Liverpool 24-37 Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park in the Section 3 championships as Bryce Millar, Andrew Berge and Peter Ryan swept the top three places to offset Liverpool's placement of five scorers in the overall top 10.

  
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   Milestone: Cody Cronmiller and Tanner Pierce scored to give Livonia a 2-0 win Saturday over Greece Odyssey for its second straight Section 5 boys Class B soccer championship.

   The triumph was career win No. 400 for coach Ray Maxwell.

   Back in business: Beach Channel is back in the business of playing varsity basketball after having to cancel last season because of damage to the school caused by Hurricane Sandy, which scattered students across New York City for the remainder of the school year.

   “There was never doubt that there was going to be a season,” boys coach Malone told the New York Daily News.

   In addition to the damage the storm did to facilities last fall, Malone had to deal with what he said was a lack of communication from administrators at the school that stalled his efforts to salvage last season.

   “That was the first time in 35 years I have not coached basketball,” he said. “I’m very eager to get back.”

   Brackets progress: We've filled in all the sectional finalists in out NYSPHSAA football tournament brackets. Additionally, we've updated the boys and girls soccer brackets with more qualifiers as well as more sites and times we've collected over the weekend.

   Brackets for those sports can be found here, and the goal is to have field hockey tournament brackets up by Tuesday evening in between a series of wild celebrations (yeah, right) marking the 12th anniversary of my 39th birthday.


  
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