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Friday, Oct. 17, 2014: Amityville basketball coach reportedly loses job

   Leading off today: Has it been left to the coach to shoulder the blame for one of the most embarrassing episodes in Section 11 sports history?

   Newsday reported Thursday that Jack Agostino, who ranks fifth all-time on Long Island with 473 boys basketball wins, is unlikely to be reappointed for a 28th season at Amityville.

   A source close to Agostino told the paper, "Jack was told he is not getting the job."

   Amityville AD Ted Tsirigotis told News 12 "as of now, he is no longer our basketball coach," but added that Agostino is one of three candidates who have applied. A decision on the new coach is expected to be made at the Nov. 3 school board meeting.

   Agostino, owns a 473-128 record, 11 sectional and nine Long Island championships. Last season, though, Amityville was stripped of its Section 11 Class A crown three days after beating John Glenn when it was determined an ineligible eighth-grader played briefly in two postseason games.

   Suspensions revealed: Two Wyandanch varsity football players were suspended from school for two days last week and more suspensions are possible over possible "bullying pranks" in the locker room, the district revealed.

   Newsday reported details of the suspensions came to light Wednesday at the Wyandanch school board meeting, where The mother of a player who she said was a victim of the pranks told the board not enough had been done to discipline the players involved.

   The board issued a statement saying the board and administrators "were more than disappointed when the bullying pranks by two members of the varsity football team came to light" and that there may be more suspensions.

   NXN announces change: Organizers of the Nike Cross Nationals announced the 11th annual national championship is moving from Portland Meadows to Glendoveer Golf Course, abandoning its Grand Prix-style venue for a somewhat more traditional cross country race setting. The course layout is entirely over grass surfaces.

   This year's meet is scheduled for Dec. 6 in Portland, Ore.

   Johnson City beaten: Ithaca snapped Johnson City's season-opening win streak at 14 games with a 2-1 boys soccer victory in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference semifinals. Johnson City is ranked second in the state in Class A. Class AA Ithaca is 12-3. football site

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   "It was a great test for us because we were 14-0, we had our way with teams and we needed to find out where we are at this point going into sectionals," Wildcats coach Hristos Dimitriou said. "I thought of what I saw, I liked what I saw. Both good passing teams, but we didn't do it in the first half as well."

   Milestone: Bolton's Olivia Seamans, who already held the school record, has reached 100 goals in girls soccer.

   In the Old Forge Tournament overt the weekend, she struck three times in a 8-1 win vs. Northwood School and another hat trick the next day in beating Adirondack 7-1 for the championship. That raised her total to 101.

   NYSPHSAA launches app: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has launched its free mobile app with a number of features including:

    • Access the NYSPHSAA championship calendar, brackets and results.
    • The ability to purchase tickets for championship events.
    • The ability for users to submit photos directly from high school contests for posting on NYSPHSAA sites.
    • Advice on nearby gas stations, hotels, and dining options for fans attending championship events.

    The app, developed by FastAPPZ, is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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