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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014: Maycock breaks sister's scoring mark at Randolph

   Leading off today: Mckenna Maycock set Randolph's career scoring mark in basketball Monday with 30 points in a 68-39 girls victory over Pine Valley.

   Maycock, who signed a letter of intent with St. Bonaventure, now stands at 2,345 points for her career. The old record was held by her sister, Marah, who scored 2,326 points.

   Maycock also had 14 rebounds and nine assists in the season-opening winner.

   It probably gets easier from here: Chris Starace won his debut as boys basketball coach at Sleepy Hollow on Monday ... but it took three overtimes before the Headless Horsemen finished off Dobbs Ferry 55-47.

   "About as memorable as can be," Starace told The Journal News. "I will never forget today. To my kids' credit, they hung together when things got tough."

   Wendell Brand scored 19 points for Sleepy Hollow, which squandered a four-point lead in the final minute of the second OT.

   Soccer safety: I missed this tidbit in the post-Thanksgiving, pre-H.S. football crush, but The Journal News had an interesting story Friday regarding soccer.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last week requiring the state to come up with regulations for anchoring portable youth soccer goals, which have the potential to tip over under the right conditions.

   (An aside: Does anyone else thing it's at least a little odd for the governor to sign a bill the essentially calls for someone to write another bill to ultimately be signed into law? I mean, don't you usually identify the problem, design the solution, write the bill and pass the law all in one process?)

   The state Department of State now has six months to develop regulations for anchoring portable goals, presumably based largely on guidelines issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The story says the law allows the state attorney general to seek a fine of up to $500 for any goal that isn't properly anchored.

   The logical solution would seem to be staking the goals into the ground on grass fields or the use of sandbags when the goals are on artificial turf.

   The New York State Public High School Athletic Association already requires its members to follow National Federation guidelines for securing the goals, so the effect on high school soccer should be minimal.

   There have been at least 36 deaths since 1979 resulting from toppled soccer goals, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

   Just a thought: I awoke Monday to news that Billy Joel has been booked for a concert at the Carrier Dome, marking the seventh time he will have played there.


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  •    The timing of his scheduled appearance is a bit unfortunate however, since March 20 conflicts with a rather important sporting event.

       If we start the petition drive now, do you think we could come up with enough signatures to persuade the NYSPHSAA to move its basketball final fours in Glens Falls and Troy to the following weekend?

       (I'm kidding, folks. It obviously ain't going to happen.)

       Alumni news: Fordham University sophomore guard Jon Severe, the 2013 NYSSWA Class AA player of the year, has taken a leave of absence from the basketball team for personal reasons.

       The former Christ the King star left practice Wednesday and did not practice on Friday, bringing about an announcement from the school.

       "We will continue to support Jon as he addresses some personal issues off the court," Rams coach Tom Pecora said. "We wish him and his family all the best during this process and hope that everyone will respect their privacy."

       Severe, who picked Fordham over several major-college offers, averaged 17.3 points a year ago and made the Atlantic 10 all-rookie team. He was suspended for the team's 2014-15 opener for breaking unspecified team rules and averaged only 1.7 points in three games off the bench, seeing limited time.

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