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Monday, Feb. 17, 2014: Panzanaro era draws to a close at Peekskill

   Leading off today: Longtime Peekskill coach Lou Panzanaro's career is over after 576 career boys basketball victories, a Section 1 record.

   Panzanaro, who announced this would be his final season earlier this year, was on the losing end Sunday as 24th-seeded Sleepy Hollow upset ninth-seeded Peekskill 60-57 in the Section 1 tournament.

   Nick Arduino led Sleepy Hollow with 27 points, and Alex Laub added 13 points and 15 rebounds.

   In an odd twist, Sleepy Hollow coach Rob Rizzo resigned one day after Panzanaro's finale. Having previously told his players he was stepping down to spend more time with his children, Rizzo went out with a 38-37 loss to Byram Hills on Monday.

   Who's keeping track of the score? MSG Varsity's Kevin Devaney Jr. reported Sunday's Beacon vs. Pearl River basketball game had its share of problems.

   Twice in a span of five minutes, the point totals displayed on the scoreboard did not match what was in the scorebooks. And by the reporter's math, it looked as though Beacon was incorrectly awarded an additional point after both discrepancies.

   With Pearl River leading 42-41 in the third quarter, the game was stopped so long to iron out the issue that players were actually allowed to break out basketballs to warm up again. Despite both benches agreeing the scoreboard was correct, the referees gave Beacon an additional point because that's what both scorebooks indicated.

   With Beacon ahead 49-45 early in the fourth, the game was stopped again. And despite the benches agreeing the score was correct, the officials checked the books and changed the score to 50-45.

   Beacon went on to win by a score of 72-64 ... or 71-64 ... or 70-64 ... we think.

   State wrestling qualifiers notes: Jericho has its first Nassau County champion since 1974. Jaison White edged Freeport's Julius Diaz 5-4 for the 160-pound title Sunday night at Hofstra University. White, 34-0 this season, became the first Jericho champ since Ron Richmond in 1974.

   Amsterdam senior Brandon Lapi ran his career record to 260-23 by winning his fifth Section 2 Division I championship. Lapi, a state runner-up at 132 as a junior, beat Shenendehowa's Kevin Parker 6-0 in the 138-pound final to earn the most outstanding wrestler award.

   Queensbury senior Eric St. John's only three matches in the Section 2 132-pound bracket were all overtime wins. He won by 9-7 in the quarterfinals and 5-3 on Sunday in the semis, then topped La Salle's Ryan Moore 2-1 with an escape in OT.

   Action-packed arena: With Stony Brook University unavailable due to construction, Sections 8 and 11 held their wrestling qualifiers side-by-side at Hofstra, making for a feast for fans of the sport.

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   The three-day event, the first time the tournaments were held at the same time in the same venue, ran smoothly under the supervision of chairmen Ed Ramirez of Nassau County and Bob Panariello of Suffolk County. More than 12,500 fans attended the four sessions over three days.

   "It was great for high school wrestling," Ramirez told MSG Varsity. "Just an exciting event."

   Former Sec. 3 coach dies: Services were held Monday for James "Duke" McGrath, who won seven Section 3 boys basketball championships with Jamesville-DeWitt, Syracuse Nottingham and Skaneateles.

   McGrath, who retired from Jamesville-DeWitt in 1995, died Feb. 10 at the age of 74.

   He won a pair of NYSPHSAA championships at Nottingham and finished with a 359-120 career record.

   J-D graduate Danny Schayes, who played in the NBA from 1981 to 1999, called McGrath "a very dedicated coach who cared about his players. He had a great sense of humor, and was very personal. He was involved in the players' lives as a guidance counselor, too."

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