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Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014: Sec. 9 leaves Lourdes request in limbo

   Leading off today: Our Lady of Lourdes will have to wait at least another year to move to Section 9 of the NYSPHSAA, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported Wednesday.

   Bob Thabet, Section 9's executive director, recently informed Lourdes AD Matt Pascale that Section 9 did not move forward with the school's request to join, leaving Lourdes in Section 1 for the 2015-16 school year.

   "We don't have the votes to admit Lourdes and we don't have the votes to turn them down. I don't think anything is going to happen during this current year,'' Thabet told the paper.

   Lourdes filed an application to join Section 9 for the 2014-15 school year but the application was tabled earlier this year. Pascale said the application remains valid until the end of 2014. Section 9 is scheduled to have its first meeting of the 2014-15 school year Tuesday.

   "We will not close the door on any school interested in our program," Thabet said. "If they can't fit in our program at that time, we'll ask them to wait until the circumstances are a little more favorable."

   Pascale cited enrollment figures and travel distance as factors in Lourdes' desire to join Section 9.

   Soccer milestone: Senior Tyler Lichtenstein scored three goals in less than 12 minutes, sparking Jamesville-DeWitt to a 6-0 win over the Cortland boys. It gave 38th-year coach Joe Roach his 400th career win.

   Roach, who began coaching soccer at J-D in 1976, joked about the significance of 400 wins.

   "It means I'm old," he told Syracuse.com. "I've been around a long time."

   Roach, 63, retired from teaching in 2010.

   Cross country milestone: Penfield cross country coach Dave Hennessey notched boys win No. 500 in a Monroe County League multi-team meet Tuesday.

   "I've been blessed with a number of great athletes and lots and lots and lots of great kids," Hennessey, 62, a retired Victor teacher, told the Democrat and Chronicle. "That's why I'm still here. I'm enjoying it and I'll keep going."

   Hennessey's 500th win in girls dual meets and 1,000th overall could come before the end of this month.

   "'Hen' gives us the tools and strategies, which we need to become good runners, but really leaves it up to us," Penfield senior Jack Gillooly told the paper. "So that way, when we succeed, it really feels like we really did it.

   "We had his guidance, he tells us how to run, he gives us the workouts, but it's really up to us to be honest, go do the workouts and do everything he says. It's just him letting us do it for ourselves, and not just for him."

   Recruiting news: Two-time first-team all-state softball shortstop Alicia Hansen has made a verbal commitment to play at Syracuse University, Syracuse.com reported. Hansen was the all-CNY player of the year last spring as a junior.

   "I just love the area anyway from being around here," Hansen said"And I've been following Syracuse softball since I was little."

   Hansen led Liverpool to the Section 3 Class AA championship and an appearance in the state final last spring. She hit .556, drove in 47 runs and stole 24 bases in 2014.

   Tech trend: The Times Herald-Record did a nice piece recently on the use of video technology in high school football, particularly the Hudl software that helps coaches break down film and disseminate it to the tea, more effectively than ever before.

   At Middletown, videographers Triyanna Davoren and Tatianna Montalvo capture every practice and every game from the start of training camp through the end of the season. Montalvo typically records the action from ground level with an iPad. Davoren works from the press box to get a wide-angle view.

  
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   "They're invited to our team banquet, they're in our team picture, they get a jersey to wear," coach coach Bill Donohue said. "They're a part of the team. They put in as much time as our players do so we treat them as such. I won't let anybody ever disrespect them."

   Rules for tape exchange between opponents varies by area. Section 3 mandates that teams exchange films of their two most recent games and also stipulates how the video should be shot, the paper reported. With Hudl, teams can exchange film online with the click of a button.

   At that point, a coaching staff can re-order or delete plays, creating the equivalent of iPod play lists (complete with dubbed audio from the coaches) for players to watch. For instance, linebackers could be given a clip of nothing but play-action passes the next opponent has used recently on first and second downs.

   Thanks to online access, coaches can even track how much scout video their players watch while logged on at home.

   Hudl offers three price plans, ranging from $800 to $3,000 per season.

   Tweet of the day: Add New Rochelle High School to the list of those trying very hard to forget about Ray Rice:


  
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