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Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014: Lansing boys remain unscored upon

   Leading off today: Sophomore Jesse Richardson scored two second-half goals in a two-minute span to help Lansing to a 4-0 victory over Trumansburg, keeping the Bobcats unbeaten and unscored upon in boys soccer.

   Lansing is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class C and has outscored its opponents 52-0 during a 12-0 start to its season. Lansing outshot Trumansburg 20-5.

   Senior Alex Purcell was held to no goals and one assist, marking the first game this season in which he didn't score a goal. The midfielder has 20 goals and 10 assists.

   Girls soccer: Junior Jordyn Haynes scored a hat trick to push her career total to 101 goals as Hoosick Falls beat Cambridge 8-1. Haynes, in her fifth varsity season has 17 goals this year.

    • Morgan Simpson set a school record Tuesday for goals in a game by scoring five times for Sherburne-Earlville in a 6-1 win vs. Adirondack.

    • Riverside has given up on its girls soccer season because it could not find a coach, Yonkers Public Schools assistant AD Michael Gordon told The Journal News.

   Gordon said there were enough girls interested in playing, but the district could not find a replacement for 2013 coach Kyle Mintzer, who took another job that conflicted with the Rams' schedule.

   "It's definitely sad. ... We were trying for months (to get a coach)," Gordon said.

   Riverside had postponed games throughout September, but there's no longer time to play any semblance of a real schedule before sectionals begin in two weeks.

   Huh? I wanted to at least acknowledge the Manhattan Invitational cross country meet Saturday and run down the list of top teams competing, but a glance at the info on the meet's website simply leaves me with too many questions to even try. Sorry, but those can't possibly be the real entries for the Eastern States Championships.

   Details emerging: As gruesome details emerged in the Sayreville (N.J.) football hazing scandal, a former assistant prosecutor in Monmouth County said those who committed the alleged acts could face lengthy prison sentences.

   Robert Honecker said if the seniors who allegedly participated are under 18 years old, they must be charged as juveniles but the prosecutor's office could make a motion before a judge to waive them to adult court, where the penalties for the same crimes are much more severe.

   On Wednesday, media outlets reported as many as 10 freshman boys may have been sodomized by older players even as some football parents continued to deny the scope of the problem.

   Based on accounts supplied by a parent, NJ.com reported freshmen players were pinned to the locker-room floor by upperclassmen and assaulted. The parent said the hazing was an everyday occurrence in a locker room that apparently had little or no supervision by adults.

   At a tense meeting at the school cafeteria Tuesday, the school board unanimously upheld administrators' decision to end the football season while police investigate the allegations. A procession of angry players and parents spoke in defense of the team, which has won three state championships in the last four years.

  
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   "The whole thing is tearing this town apart, the parent of a senior player told The Daily News. "We are being painted as barbarians and Neanderthals. We don't think this is more important than football. But why can't we wait for the facts to emerge and the investigation to be completed?"

   The Sayreville head coach is George Najjar, who won a PSAL championship at Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln in 1993.

   "Everything was always on the up and up with him," said Ed Grezinsky, who took over as Lincoln's coach in 1995 after Najjar's departure to Sayreville. "He's always been a coach that always has the utmost respect from his peers, from his players. He's always had integrity."

   On a lighter note: Roughly the time reigning state football champions Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell kick off on Friday in the Southern Tier's game of the year, Forks assistant coach Christopher Spencer will be otherwise occupied at Tony's Italian Grill, the site for the rehearsal dinner ahead of his marriage Saturday to Sara Carabino.

   Spencer will, however, call the offense for the JV team Saturday morning against M-E. That game was moved up to 9 a.m. to accommodate Spencer's wedding ceremony.

   The Press & Sun-Bulletin reported the wedding date was set last year, far before the football schedule was set, with the bride wanting a fall ceremony.

   "Originally I knew it probably would not happen because of football season," Sara said. "But I told Chris, 'I really want fall, that's the one thing that I want.' He was like, 'That's fine, it's just one day.'"

   The couple plans a honeymoon in the Bahamas after the season.

   Weekend football: Here are the schedules for all the NYSSWA's ranked football teams and the full Week 6 schedule.

   By the way, The Post-Star reported Schoburg is forfeiting to Corinth on Friday due to injuries.


  
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