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Tuesday, April 15, 2014: Bishop Ford shutting down at end of school year

   Leading off today: Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn is the latest school to fall victim to declining enrollment, with officials announcing Monday that the school will close its doors in June.

   "There has not been a sufficient revenue stream other than tuition, which alone cannot support the operation," Principal Thomas Arria said in a statement. "Thus, it was determined that, despite Herculean efforts on the part of many people, the school was just not sustainable."

   The CHSAA school saw its enrollment slip from 1,347 to 499 in the past eight years, and the school projected just 422 students next year.

   Eight is enough: Southern Cayuga fielded just eight players for Monday's softball game vs. Moravia but still walked away with a 4-1 victory.

   The Chiefs were led by Sarah Zakour, who struck out 16 batters in a three-hitter, and Jessie Farkas, who drove in a pair of runs.

   Repeat performance: Senior lefty Chris Introcaso threw his second consecutive no-hitter, striking out eight and walking two in a 3-0 Newburgh victory over Washington (W.Va.) at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

   Introcaso struck out 10 and walked one in an April 7 no-hitter at Middletown.

    "We've played very good defense, but he's just pounding the strike zone," coach Matt Iorlano told The Times Herald-Record. "When you're getting strike one, it's a lot easier to pitch when you're pounding the strike zone."

   "When you're ahead, it's an extreme advantage," said Introcaso, a College of St. Rose recruit. "You have confidence in your pitches and you can throw anything anywhere you want."

   A year ago in Section 9, Chester's Ryan Cabrera followed up a no-hitter with a perfect game in which he fanned 20 batters.

   Milestones: Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips is coming up on career win No. 700. He picked up No. 697 Monday as the Hilltoppers posted a 5-1 win over Duanesburg.

   Phillips already owns the Section 2 record for wins to go along with 21 league and nine sectional championships. Fort Plain won a NYSPHSAA Class C title in 2007.

   "I always believed in doing things the right way and working hard could make up for a lack of talent," Phillips told The Times Union while suggesting he might be ready to retire. "The last couple of years, our school has gotten smaller and smaller."

   Phillips, who has also coached football and basketball, was elected into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Prep baseball coach Brother Robert Kent won his 600th game Sunday.

   Coach steps down: Scarsdale boys lacrosse coach Tim Weir left the team last week, taking a leave of absence with the Raiders standing at 3-o after going 1-14 last season, The Journal News reported.

   After two losses under assistant coach Brendan Curran, Scarsdale rebounded Monday with a 10-4 win over New Rochelle.

   "The kids handled it pretty well," Curran said. "It hasn't been as much of an issue as I thought it might have been. To their credit, they are moving on and we're focusing on the little things we have always focused on in order to improve."

   Extra points: Former Rice High basketball coach Moe Hicks will work as an assistant at The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J., blogger Adam Zagoria reported.

   Isaiah Whitehead, selected Mr. Basketball by the BCANY, reportedly is nursing a slight hamstring tear that will keep him out on Friday's Jordan Classic at the Barclays Center in New York City.

   Rush-Henrietta sophomore receiver Todd LaRocca told he is transferring to Bishop Kearney in the fall. He'll likely play quarterback there.

   Basketball guard Marique Simkin, all-state in Class D in 2013 and a candidate for Class B honors this month, has told University Prep staff he will also be leaving for Kearney over the summer.

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