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Tuesday, May 6, 2014: Eastchester's Cecere sets baseball wins record

   Leading off today: Just when it looked as though he'd arrived at the top of the mountain, Fort Plain baseball coach Craig Phillips found out that someone had moved the finish line -- sorry for the mixed sports metaphor, faithful blog readers -- on him.

   Fort Plain defeated Mayfield 8-5 for Phillips' 705th career win, which until very recently would have tied him with retired Cardinal Mooney and Bishop Kearney coach Ed Nietopski for the NYSPHSAA state record.

   While that was going on, though, Eastchester's Dom Cecere was also winning. The 50-year coach chalked up No. 706 in a 16-12 victory vs. Yonkers. He has a career record of 706-373 along with six Section 1 championships.

   If either falters, Bob Southworth of Syracuse West (and formerly Corcoran) is sitting at 696 career triumphs and can hit the 700 milestone this month.

   The Nietopski connection is somewhat ironic since the Section 5 legend was once involved in a quirky tie situation of his own. In the early 1980s, Nietopski coached Cardinal Mooney in a basketball game vs. Rochester East in which both he and the Orientals entered with 299 victories. Rizzo won the game to also win the race to 300, but Nietopski ended up with 545 wins to 412 for Rizzo.

   By the way, the presumed state leader in coaching wins is Jack Curran. The Archbishop Molloy legend, who died last spring, won 1,708 baseball games, including more than 1,100 in the spring season. He also set the state mark with 972 boys basketball wins.

   Serious allegation vs. coach: Longtime John Jay East Fishkill softball coach Bonnie Schilling was placed on administrative leave in March because the Wappingers Central School District believes she used her position as guidance counselor to change grades on her son's transcript this year, Hudson Valley Sports Report reported Tuesday.

   Schilling was presented with the charges by the district late last month, her attorney, Goshen-based Michael Sussman, confirmed to the website. Sussman, who said Schilling has not been charged with a crime by the police, will seek a hearing for his client with the State Education Department.

   The website's attempts to reach district Superintendent Marco Pochintesta and school board President Ved Shravah on Monday night were unsuccessful.

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   Schilling's office computers were confiscated and she was placed on administrative leave on March 27. She was replaced in the softball program by JV coach Mike Crocco. Schilling has won 318 games, two NYSPHSAA titles and 11 Section 1 championships in 18 seasons.

   Two times 200: Horace Greeley's Hannah Dunn scored her 200th career goal Monday in a 10-8 girls lacrosse win at Fox Lane. On the same day, Lakeland/Panas junior Molly Fitzpatrick scored a hat trick, including her 200th career goal in an 8-5 loss to John Jay.

   Change at J-E: Eric Varney has resigned as AD and assistant high school principal at Jordan-Elbridge, The Post-Standard reported Tuesday. The school board will be asked to accept his resignation at its Wednesday meeting.

   A former elementary school principal in the district, Varney was named assistant principal and AD in 2011 at Jordan-Elbridge, which has had its share of drama in relations between administrators and the school board in recent years.

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