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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014: HHH East's Ester Chakvashvili wins singles crown

   Leading off today: Half Hollow Hills East junior Ester Chakvashvili outlasted Tomo Iwasaki in three sets Monday to capture the singles title at the NYSPHSAA girls tennis championships in Latham.

   The fifth-seeded Chakvashvili downed the third-seeded Edgemont senior 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, to become Suffolk County's first champion since 2008. Chakvashvili was the Section 11 tournament runner-up last month.

   Iwasaki won the state doubles championship alongside Alexa Goldberg a year ago.

   In Monday's doubles final, sophomore Courtney Kowalsky and freshman Celeste Matute of Oyster Bay defeated Suffern's Sydney Kaplan and Courtney Ollis, 6-4, 6-4. Kowalsky and Matute, the draw's top seeds, lost just 23 games in five matches in becoming the school's first girls tennis champions.

   You can follow these links to view the singles and doubles results.

   CHFL pairings: If the seedings hold up, unbeaten Archbishop Stepinac is on a collision course with St. Anthony's (6-3) in the final of the CHSFL Class AAA football tournament.

   Seeds and pairings were announced Sunday, with the Friars getting the nod for the No. 2 spot over Iona Prep despite a regular-season loss to the Gaels.

   The first round pairings are:

  • No. 8 Cardinal Hayes at No. 1 Stepinac.
  • No. 5 Monsignor Farrell at No. 4 St. Peter's.
  • No. 6 Holy Trinity at No. 3 Iona Prep
  • No. 7 Holy Cross at No. 2 St. Anthony's.

       By the way, the NYSSWA's Joe Glus passed along news on the venue for the inaugural state CHSAA championship game. The Nov. 29 contest between the champions of the CHSFL and the Monsignor Martin Association in Western New York will take place at Fordham University unless the downstate rep is from Long Island, in which case it will be at Hofstra.

       Softball Hall selections: The 2015 New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame's induction class will consist of 16 members, organizers announced last week.

       The ceremony is slated for Saturday, June 20, at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer.

       The inductees are:

  • Cassie Reilly-Boccia (Yorktown)
  • Christine Nalley (Columbia)
  • Coach Cathy Stanilka (Lake George)
  • Michelle Granteed (Cicero-North Syracuse)
  • Kelly Buckley (Horseheads)
  • Tara McGoff (Chenango Valley)
  • Jordan Ingalls (Bolivar-Richburg)
  • Sue O'Callaghan (Niagara Falls)
  • Meg Thompson (Wilson, Sec. 6)

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       Soccer all-star game selections: Shannon McKentee of Rockville Centre South Side and Dave Prutting of St. Anthony's have been named to the East girls team's coaching staff for the second annual High School All-American Soccer Game on Dec. 13 in Raleigh, N.C.

       Forty-two player rosters for the boys and girls games were announced last week. The selected players are seniors who are playing for their high school teams this fall.

       The two New York girls selected are Brighton forward Charlotte Williams and St. Anthony's midfielder Niccola Venezia. The three boys representatives are Smithtown West defender Steven Dovi and forwards Bruce Jeter of Monroe-Woodbury and Ever Torres of Brentwood.

       Downstate media advisory: Experts from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, School of Engineering & Applied Science and Wharton School, as well as from The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, will be presenting their latest research on concussions during a seminar for journalists Friday, Nov. 14 at The Penn Club of New York in New York City.

       The seminar will focus on how the body responds to a traumatic brain injury on the cellular level, how best to protect from their effects, screening and care for injuries and what's known about their incidence in youth sports.

       Reporters seeking more details can contact University of Pennsylvania Communications at 215-898-8721.


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