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Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014: Record-setting Queensbury scorer breaks foot

   Leading off today: Queensbury scoring demon Brittany La Plant's girls soccer season could be over courtesy of a broken foot, The Post-Star reported Tuesday.

   The injury occurred early in Friday's game at Amsterdam, and coach Jason Tenner told the paper La Plant wouldn't be back unless Queensbury goes deep into the postseason -- certainly a possibility for the state's 15th ranked Class A team that's riding a 27-game winning streak in its league.

   The junior has 35 goals this season and more than 170 for her career. She set a NYSPHSAA record with 73 goals in her sophomore season.

   From the timing is everything department, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced Tuesday that La Plant has been selected the organization's October Personality of the Month. Her Eastern New York Olympic Development Program North team won regionals in June and will play for the national championship next March.

   Coroner's report released: Miles Kirkland-Thomas, the Curtis High School football player who died after collapsing at football practice on Labor Day, died of a heart condition, the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner announced Tuesday.

   An autopsy revealed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which heart muscles thicken, making it harder for the organ to pump blood. His condition was exacerbated by Kirkland-Thomas being obese, weighing some 370 pounds, the medical examiner said. The report classified the teen's death as natural.

   Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common genetic heart condition, affecting one in 500 people in the general population, and has no discernible gender, age or ethnic risk factors according to the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association.

   Milestones: Fort Ann boys soccer coach Rich McCabe won his 500th game with a 7-0 triumph against Bolton-Warrensburg. Maple Hill's Dan Gillespie has 594 wins and Mike Campisi of Shenendehowa retired with 534.

    • Valhalla's Vanessa Romero scored the 100th and 101st goals of her varsity career last week in a 4-0 girls soccer win vs. Yonkers.

   More boys soccer: Mount Academy, ranked 19th in Class D, pulled out a 2-0 win over S.S. Seward, the state's 18th-ranked Class C team. Sean Kurtz and Taylor Kurtz scored the goals, and Sheldon Hofer made two saves for the shutout.

   Serious situation in N.J.: Citing evidence of wide-scale incidents of alleged harassment, intimidation and bullying, Sayreville Schools Superintendent Rich Labbe announced Monday the remainder of the New Jersey school's football schedule was being canceled.

   The announcement followed word that the county prosecutor was conducting a criminal investigation. Labbe said Prosecutor Andrew Carey told him there is credible evidence to indicate pervasive, wide-scale problems within the program. The district had already canceled a game scheduled for last Friday.

   "We can set the standard right now for all kids, for all school districts in Middlesex County, in the state and in the nation that we are not going to stand around and allow kids to do this to one another," Labbe said. "We are going to start holding our students responsible for doing the right thing and reporting these kinds of behaviors."

   Sayreville has won three sectional titles in four years and is widely regarded as one of the state's top public school football site

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football programs. The Bombers have appeared in the playoffs 20 consecutive seasons.

   Principal James Brown contacted Labbe Wednes- day, telling him he had been informed by the borough police that there were "very strong allegations they were investigating about inapprop- riate conduct by players."

   Labbe said he could not discuss the future of the coaching staff, some of whom may face criminal charges. The alleged victims and perpetrators of offenses have not been identified, he said.

   Labbe said the school district is providing counselors, a school psychologist and an outside agency for any students that might need any form of counseling, whether they were victims or otherwise affected. He added the district will begin its own investigation into the football program once authorities have completed theirs, but that administrators will probe the school's other sports programs, focusing on the supervision being provided to athletes.

   "We are standing up together as a Board of Education and as a district in saying no to bullying in Sayreville," Labbe said, "and we are inviting others to join us in our stance."

   Sigh: Police arrested a Toms River, N.J., man who ran across a field and tackled the coach of his son's youth football team Sunday after learning that the coach canceled the rest of the season on account of poor sportsmanship and bad attitudes, according to the Asbury Park Press.

   Joseph Oleske, 46, had been filming the American Youth Football game between the Toms River North Indians and the Toms River Raiders after which he learned that the coach had told the players to turn in their equipment, citing ongoing issues with attitudes.

   Oleske, described by witnesses as the sole aggressor, said he only wanted to talk to the coach and acted in self-defense, the paper reported. The coach told police Oleske ran across the field and tackled him without provocation or warning. The two men fought until bystanders pulled them apart, according to the police report.

   Extra points: Monroe County League superintendents decided last week to reject the option of playing a 19th varsity game in boys and girls basketball this winter. Section 5 had voted last month to allow leagues to decide whether they wanted the additional game.

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