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Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014: Bad blood ends Rensselaer at Whitehall game early

   Leading off today: I don't know much, but I do know it's never good when the State Police have to be called upon to restore the peace at your high school football game.

   Multiple penalties, a sideline brawl and accusations of racial epithets brought Rensselaer's game at Whitehall to an end six minutes into the third quarter Saturday. Whitehall was leading 28-6 when referee Mark Cleveland called the contest following the ejection of a Whitehall player at the suggestion of home AD Keith Redmond, The Post-Star reported.

   "It's gotten to the point where it's unsafe for everybody to be out here right now," Redmond told the paper immediately after the game was called. "The best thing to do at this point is to stop the game and call it for today."

   State Police on the scene following the game directed Whitehall players and fans to remain on the field until the Rensselaer team could leave the campus. They reported no arrests, but Rensselaer coach Joel Preston said his school will pursue charges against a Whitehall assistant coach he accused of pinning one of his players down and choking him during a second-quarter melee touched off after Whitehall QB Justin Hoagland was taken down out of bounds.

   "We're pursuing it; our superintendent has already called me, we're meeting on Monday and going to Section 2," Preston said.

   Redmond said he and Whitehall head coach Justin Culligan viewed tape but could not immediately determine the validity of the allegation of choking during the brawl, which ended with offsetting penalties and a Rensselaer assistant coach being ejected for contact with an official, according to Redmond.

   HHH incident: A man was stabbed during a fight in the Half Hollow Hills East parking lot Thursday night, Patch.com reported.

   People who had just left the in-progress HHH East football game against Smithtown West became involved in a dispute, police said, and one man was stabbed. The unidentified man was taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the website reported.

   JV season ended: Monroe-Woodbury has ended its JV football season two games early after alleged bullying incidents of a verbal nature, The Times Herald-Record reported.

   Athletes notified the district of verbal abuse taking place among players and an investigation was launched, the paper reported.

   "This type of behavior is clearly unacceptable, and we will never tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind in this district," interim Superintendent Elsie Rodriguez said in a statement. "We will take whatever action necessary to keep the students safe and secure while in the district's care."

   Soccer milestone: Molly Petrucci reached the 200-goal mark in girls soccer Friday despite having more than a season left in her career. The junior scored six times as Buffalo City Honors captured the Radcliffe Cup title with an 11-0 victory over Olmsted.

   She stands at 201, tied for second on the all-time NYSPHSAA list, heading into the Centaurs' Section 6 tournament opener this week. Kaitlin Robbins of Watertown Immaculate Heart Central scored 208 goals from 2003-07. Stephanie Karst of Hinsdale set the Section 6 mark of 201 from 1998-2003.

   In the same game, Jenna Szopinski of City Honors notched seven assists to give her 47 for the season, two more than the presumed NYSPHSAA mark of 45 by Fillmore's Jo Anna Beardsley in 1999.

  
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   "They obviously work off each other well," coach Andrew McDermott told The Buffalo News. "They have a good relationship. Jenna stretches the field, and Molly is in the right place all the time. They are a pretty unstoppable force."

   If the numbers sound huge, well there aren't a lot of 1-0 and 2-1 games in Buffalo's city league. City Honors (14-2) blitzed through its 10 league foes by a combined 93-2 this fall and has totaled 123 goals overall.

   New BMOC: What do you do when you've graduated your 6-foot-11 center? You land yourself a 6-11½ replacement, apparently.

   That's what's happened at Christ the King this fall, where Dren Dedushaj has arrived to fill the spot that opened up when Adonis Delarosa graduated and signed with St. John's. The good news for New York City opponents is that the junior from Kosovo reportedly is still a bit of a project at the offensive end of the court.

   In terms of impact by a new arrival, the New York City player to watch this season might be 6-6 junior wing Amarveer Singh, who left St. Peter's in N.J. for Cardinal Hayes but has already bounced to Thurgood Marshall Academy in the PSAL.

   More basketball notes: Manhasset St. Mary's senior forward Jordan Agustus, one of Long Island's top female players, recently committed to St. John's. Teammate McKayla Hernandez, a 5-7 guard, committed to Binghamton during her visit this weekend, NYChoops.net reported.

   In boys recruiting news, Tottenville's 6-foot-8 Nakye Sanders committed to Duquesne.

   Extra points: It's not a front-burner issue yet, but keep your ears open for chatter about a realignment of sports seasons in the New York Public High School Athletic Association at some point so that the fall schedule gets extended by a week, winter is shortened by two weeks and spring sports start a week earlier.

   The obvious implication is that football finals could -- and that's a big word -- be pushed back a week and away from Thanksgiving weekend. If that happens, however, the availability of the Carrier Dome could be an issue because Syracuse University basketball is the building's No. 1 priority.

   The calendar adjustment would be welcomed by players and coaches in fall sports, especially if games are ever restored by the NYSPHSAA. As for spring sports, the week would be pretty meaningless for everything except lacrosse.


  
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