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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014: Former football star facing 20 years in prison

   Leading off today: A former all-state football player agreed to a 20-year prison sentence Monday as he admitted masterminding a botched 2009 robbery that cost a Long Island man his life.

   John Moglia, 32, admitted in federal court in Central Islip to planning the ill-fated raid on the home of an accused marijuana dealer in which the homeowner was shot and killed, Newsday reported. Moglia, who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery in interference of interstate commerce, was not present during the killing, officials said. The man who was killed was the father of the intended robbery target and was characterized by authorities as an innocent bystander.

   Moglia was a first-team all-state lineman for the 1999 Farmingdale football team that finished ranked 14th in Class AA in the state.

   Moglia told the court the intended victim of the robbery was Steven Privitera Jr., whom his crew had already robbed six months earlier of $144,000 in cash as well as jewelry, marijuana and pills.

   Three other suspects are awaiting trial.

   Following up on hoops: Hudson Valley went unbeaten over three days and captured the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival boys championship Sunday by defeating Central 103-63 in Johnson City.

   Iona Prep senior guard Tom Capuano paced Hudson Valley in the final with 21 points and six assists. He was 8-for-11 from the field.

   Earlier Sunday, Hudson Valley defeated Adirondack 97-73 in the semifinals as Tappan Zee's Luke McLaughlin went 17-for-19 at the line and finished with 19 points.

   In the girls tournament, Suffolk County was a 68-52 winner over Hudson Valley in the title game.

   Following up on lacrosse: General Brown rising senior Bryanna Fazio had two goals and two assists as Central edged Adirondack 7-6 to win the first girls Empire State Cup lacrosse tournament Sunday at Onondaga Community College.

   Central, unbeaten in seven games over four days, got 10 saves in the final from Hannah George of Maine-Endwell.

   New York City beat Long Island 8-7 in the boys championship game.

   Athena update: Mike Butler is serving as interim coach and is expected to be appointed as Bill Hueber's replacement in the Greece Athena boys soccer program, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   Butler could receive final approval at the Aug. 12 meeting of the Greece school board, which twice refused to re-appoint Hueber last month.

   "I consider Bill a great coach and an even better person," Butler told the paper. "I was hoping that I would get a chance to take over a program someday, but not like this. He deserved to go out on his own terms."

   Said Hueber: "If I can't be the coach, I'm glad it's Butler. He'll do well."

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   Butler coached the Gates Chili boys team the past two seasons after a decade in charge of girls soccer at Athena, where his teams went 131-51-15 with two Section 5 championships. He's also 194-71 as Athena's girls basketball coach.

   College decision: Cardinal Hayes offensive lineman Jaelen Vazquez is the eighth New York football player in the Class of 2015 to pick a Football Bowl Subdivision program, having given a non-binding commitment to Old Dominion, The Bronx Times reported.

   Vazquez, who stands 6-foot-3, 265 pounds and didn't begin playing football until he was freshman, helped the 2013 Hayes team to its first CHSFL Class AA championship since 1981.

   Vazquez continues the downstate trend in commitments. Seven of the eight rising seniors to have declared for FBS programs thus far are from New York City of Long Island:

  • Tyler Davis, QB, Mepham (UConn)
  • Jordan Fredericks, RB, Lawrence (Syracuse)
  • Jordan Gowins, RB, St. Anthony's (Boston College)
  • Tyrone Perkins, RB, Friends Academy (Syracuse)
  • John Phillips, OL, Syracuse CBA (Boston College)
  • Deonte Roberts, LB, Erasmus Hall (Rutgers)
  • Kamaal Seymour, DT, Grand Street (Rutgers)
  • Jaelen Vazquez, OL, Cardinal Hayes (Old Dominion)
   On the web: A new chapter covering the 2013 season was added to one of the more ambitious labors of love last week as Pete Tobey updated the ongoing list of great football games in The Post-Star coverage area in the past half century.

   The compilation is a wealth of information for hardcore Section 2 fans.

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