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Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014: Wadleigh basketball coach Michael Crump dies

   Leading off today: Wadleigh boys basketball coach Michael Crump died after suffering an aneurysm on Saturday, the New York Daily News reported. He was 44.

   "He was that guy in Harlem, if you had any second chance kids in Harlem, he took the have-not kids in Harlem and gave them something," Wadleigh assistant coach Joe Hunter told the paper. "The people in basketball all loved and respected him. He understood Harlem and the culture probably better than anybody in the history of basketball up here in Harlem."

   Wadleigh fell to 8-3 with a 64-51 loss to Wings Academy in Manhattan 'AA' action in the PSAL on Friday. Crump's teams were 110-12 in league play his first eight seasons before slipping to 8-6 last season.

   "Mike Crump wasn't a traditional guy in a lot of ways but his heart was good and he cared about those kids," said Donald Niang Jr., coach of the Harlem Jets AAU team. "He cared about Wadleigh. He was just an all-around good person. He will be sorely missed."

   Eastern States highlights: Monsignor Farrell's Rich Sisti, who last season became the first Staten Island wrestler to earn a state Federation championship, made a bit more history Saturday when he became the borough's first titlist in the Eastern States Classic at Sullivan County Community College.

   Sisti pinned John Hartnett of Tappan Zee 1:53 into the 220-pound final of the meet, which attracted competitors from five states and 70 schools. He also pinned the first two of his five opponents in a combined 1:40.

   "I wasn't really tested,” Sisti told The Advance. "I wanted to work on my stamina today but couldn't because I had a cold all week and my back's been hurting."

   Thirteen of 15 individual championships went to New York competitors, with Long Island putting 11 wrestlers in the finals and winning four classes.

   Boys basketball action: Melvin Grayson finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three assists to lead Aquinas to a 64-59 victory over visiting Olean in a non-league game.

   Aquinas is ranked 17th in Class AA and Olean third in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Olean made up a 10-point deficit to carry a 54-48 lead into fourth quarter. Five points from George Graham sparked a 9-0 run that gave the Little Irish back the lead.

   The state's 10th-ranked Class B team also lost. Tim DeGraw scored a basket with 4.8 seconds left to give Rye a 49-47 win over previously undefeated Rye Neck.

   DeGraw's basket off a drive to the hoop gave the Garnets only their third lead of the game. They had gotten the ball back with 28 seconds left coming out of a timeout.

   "I told them I'm not drawing up a play," said Rye coach John Aguilar, who only instructed his team to wait until 10 seconds remained for the last shot. "We've worked all preseason on how to break down a zone."

   Girls basketball: Oriskany broke to a 14-0 lead and then held off Class D No. 6 Hamilton 55-42. Madison Zizzi had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead defending Section 3 Class D champion Oriskany, and Jordan Sahl scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

   Lauren Weeks had seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Hamilton.

   The teams meet again Tuesday at Oriskany.

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   Following up: Thomas Jefferson boys basketball coach Bud Pollard was suspended for Thursday's PSAL game vs. Westinghouse after forfeiting two days earlier vs. Abraham Lincoln.

   "Too many players broke various team rules," Pollard told "I have to draw the line in the sand somewhere. ... At the end of the day it's about teaching the kids that there are consequences for your actions. We have had success at Lincoln and this is one of those big games that you don't want to miss, but I had to make a statement to the players before things get out of hand."

   According to reports, Jefferson officials did not notify Lincoln they would be a no-show. Lincoln went on with a ring ceremony for last season's PSAL championship team and then announced that Jefferson had forfeited.

   Pollard told the rules infractions by 10 players included violations of the dress code and the use of cell phones.

   Extra points: Rush-Henrietta senior Mickey Burke won the boys 1,000 meters in 2:30.58, the No. 2 scholastic time in the country this season, during the Dartmouth Relays. Leah Triller of Holy Names won the girls 1,000 in 2:57.36, good for fourth on the U.S. leaderboard.

   The state's two top-ranked Division II boys ice hockey teams face off against each other on Monday. No. 1 Irondequoit and No. 2 Aquinas will play at Lakeshore Rinks at 4:15 p.m.

   Though the story was primarily about college violations, there were high school angles in Sunday's Democrat and Chronicle story about hazing in sports -- an ongoing issue despite the fact that New York is one of 44 states with laws prohibiting such behavior.

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