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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014: Initial autopsy on Curtis player inconclusive

   Leading off today: The initial autopsy on Miles Kirkland, the 16-year-old Curtis High football player who died at practice Monday, was inconclusive, a spokeswoman from the city's medical examiner's office said Tuesday.

   Further tests are pending, The Advance reported.

   Kirkland, a 6-foot-2 foot, 295-pound junior lineman, collapsed Monday morning during varsity practice drills. The Daily News reported he was doing wind sprints shortly before collapsing. Kirkland was treated by emergency responders at the scene and pronounced dead at Richmond University Medical Center.

   The Public School Athletic League called off all practices throughout New York City on Tuesday due to oppressive weather conditions. Donald Douglas, executive director of the PSAL, issued a weather-related bulletin to all coaches at mid-morning based on an air-quality alert from the city's Department of Environmental Conservation.

   Kirkland's death was at least the country's fourth this fall during high school football-related activities.

   On Aug. 4, Noah Cornuet, a sophomore at Burrell High in Pennsylvania, collapsed on the first day of practice following wind sprints. Cornuet, 16, died of atrial myxoma, a rare heart tumor.

   On Aug., 11, lineman Zyrees Oliver of Douglasville, Ga., died after reportedly suffering from over-hydration after drinking two gallons of water and two gallons of Gatorade after practice.

   On Aug. 22, Walker Wilbanks, a junior at Jackson Prep in Mississippi, felt ill during a game and was rushed to a hospital, where he apparently had a seizure. Wilbanks died three days later.

   Serious allegations: Two former female basketball coaches at Staten Island's Moore Catholic are alleged to have had sexual relationships with students, and the New York Police Department is investigating, the New York Post reported.

   Megan Mahoney, 25, who was an assistant basketball coach and gym teacher at the school, is accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, and AD Richard Postiglione allegedly failed to report the accusation, the paper reported. Mahoney, who resigned from the school in January, denied the allegations.

   The report said Postiglione and the principal, Bob Manisero, both knew about the allegations of faculty-student relationships. Officials of the New York Archdiocese said contacted the Staten Island District Attorney's office when informed of the allegations by the boy's mother.

   The paper reported accusations of a relationship between Mahoney, who was also an assistant AD, and another student date back to 2012, and several years earlier another female coach under Postiglione was accused of sleeping with a student.

  
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   The Post also reported Postiglione is the subject of a complaint filed by a former school employee who said the AD touched her buttocks and insisted she sit on his lap.

   A statement from the school's board of trustees acknowledged the complaint filed against Postiglione and said the school would cooperate fully with the state's investigation. The board also said that the school reported allegations made against the teacher to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

   College plans: Ossining forward Jalay Knowles has verbally committed to the University of Hartford women's basketball program, The Journal News reported.

   Knowles, who began playing on the varsity in eighth grade, has helped the Pride to the past two NYSPHSAA Class AA championships and is closing in on 1,300 career points. She was first-team all-state last winter.

   Extra points: Stephen Broadwell's two-year term as the NYSPHSAA's 47th president began Monday. Departing President Eileen Troy handed off to Broadwell at the Association's annual summer meetings. Broadwell, superintendent at Willsboro Central School, previously served in a number of capacities, including a Central Committee representative. He's also a former Section 7 president.

   Kudos to Section 3 for sending out a lengthy document last week that compiles the important dates -- last day of season, seeding meetings, playoff schedules, etc. -- for each sport in the new school year. That had to be a huge undertaking, but it saved every AD or athletic department assistant in Central New York a bunch of time.


  
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