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Sunday, April 6, 2014: Five injured when New Ro discus cage topples

   Leading off today: Five New Rochelle girls discus throwers were injured Saturday when wind toppled the protective cage, The Journal News reported.

   Emergency workers responded to the mishap at the New Rochelle Invitational and transported four of the girls were transported to an area hospital with various injuries. A fifth athlete was headed off to see a private physician, according to her mother.

   New Ro assistant coach Natalia Brown said the discus had been moved this year to the back field from the track's infield to protect against injuries by an errant throw.

   "It was getting closer every year," Brown told the paper.

   The most serious injury appeared to be to freshman Trinity Garcia, who left on a stretcher with her neck stabilized. Brown said Garcia was struck on the right side and complained of head pain.

   Coach placed on leave: John Jay East Fishkill softball coach and guidance counselor Bonnie Schilling has been placed on administrative leave, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

   Wappingers school board president President Ved Shravah and Superintendent Marco Pochintesta declined to discuss the details, calling it a personnel matter, and Schilling did not immediately reply to messages.

   Schilling was still the coach as recently as March 21, the paper said.

   Schilling won NYSPHSAA Class AA championships with the team in 2001 and 2011 and was twice named the state's coach of the year by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports. She has coached the Patriots for 18 years.

   Six to be enshrined: Baseball great Carl Yastrzemski is one of six people who be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame this summer, the organization announced.

   The inductees will be honored at the NYSPHSAA's annual Hall of Fame banquet July 30 in Lake Placid.

   Yastrzemski, who graduated from Bridgehampton, was a three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football. He was a career .512 hitter and threw a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts in the Suffolk championship baseball game in 1957. He went on to a 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox and was selected for 18 major-league all-star games. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

   Also selected for the NYSPHSAA honor:

    • Hermon Card, a Maine-Endwell grad who umpired 1,300 high school baseball games and also officiated 200 high school soccer contests over a 48-year career.

    • Karen Lopez, a Saranac graduate long involved in Section 7 and state administration. She was NYSPHSAA president from 1992-94 and has been the Section 7 executive director since 2007.

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    • Dr. Mira Martincicha a teacher, administrator and AD at Roslyn for three decades. Martincicha has served on the NYSPHSAA Modified Committee since 1987 and was also president of Section 8. She coached field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball over a span of two decades.

    • Mary Onken, a track official in Section 9 for more than 30 years and president of the New York State Certified Officials of Track and Field from 1997-2011.

    • Bob Southworth, the only baseball coach in Syracuse Corcoran history and the owner of 694 wins and three Section 3 championships in 49 seasons.

   Carrier Dome schedule: The Kickoff Classic schedule of 10 games over three days at Syracuse University has been firmed up, and the opener could be a gem.

   Section 3 rivals Henninger and CBA will play at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. CBA beat Henninger twice last fall, including a 19-14 battle in the Section 3 final described by some observers as among the most physical high school contests they've seen. Despite advancing, CBA lost four starters to injuries and fell to Elmira the following weekend in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.

   Here's the Kickoff Classic schedule:

   Friday, Sept. 5: Henninger vs. CBA, 5 p.m. East Syracuse Minoa vs. Vestal, 8 p.m.

   Saturday, Sept. 6: Westhill vs. Fonda-Fultonville, 11 a.m. Watertown vs. Corning, 2 p.m. Amsterdam vs. Cornwall, 5 p.m. Cicero-North Syracuse vs. Fayetteville-Manlius, 8 p.m.

   Sunday, Sept. 7: New York Mills vs. Bishop Grimes, 10 a.m. Owego vs. Hoosick Falls, 1 p.m. Jordan-Elbridge vs. Thousand Islands, 4 p.m. Canastota vs. Little Falls, 7 p.m.

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