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Friday, Jan. 2, 2015: Ten state-ranked teams at U-E Duals

   Leading off today: Ten state-ranked wrestling teams will be in the 13-school lineup for the 32nd annual Union-Endicott Duals on Saturday and Sunday.

   Wrestling in four round-robin divisions begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. The semifinals are at 9 a.m. Sunday and the championship match at 3 p.m.

   Among the teams are Minisink Valley, ranked No. 1 among large schools, and Mattituck, the top-ranked small-school team. Other state-ranked large-school teams in the lineup are No. 4 Rocky Point, No. 5 Shenendehowa, No. 6 John Glenn (Section 11), ninth-ranked Monroe-Woodbury (Section 9), 10th-ranked Massapequa (Section 8), 12th-ranked Fulton (Section 3), 14th-ranked Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and No. 15 Union-Endicott.

   Monroe-Woodbury defeated Shenendehowa 46-24 in last season's tournament final.

   Showing their support: The Cornwall community is rallying around Glen McGinnis, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer last month. McGinnis, 80, has had a hand in coaching for 57 years at the modified, JV and varsity levels.

   "I can't think of anyone with a greater love for the Cornwall community and the kids," Cornwall boys basketball coach Tom Howe told The Times Herald-Record.

   McGinnis starting coaching at Guilderland in 1957 before moving to Cornwall, where he has been Howe's assistant since 1988 and has become a beloved figure. "If he ran for mayor, he would win every time," said Washingtonville coach Todd Rose, who played for McGinnis at Cornwall before graduating in 1987.

   McGinnis, who coached the varsity for more than 20 years and retired from teaching in 1996, has been on the Cornwall bench for much of the season despite undergoing cancer treatments. It's hoped he'll make an appearance at Saturday's game vs. Monroe-Woodbury, part of the inaugural Slam Dunk Cancer showcase Saturday at Mount Saint Mary College.

   "Everyone in Cornwall has rallied around my dad," said Matt McGinnis, who coaches the John S. Burke Catholic girls team. "Other coaches and refs come up to me to ask how he is doing, which means a lot. A lot of players have reached out to him and that has got him emotional. He gets choked up. But my dad is trying to stay low-key. He doesn't want to be the focus."

   Progress: The NYSSWA's Steve Grandin is coming down the homestretch in compiling the annual all-state football

  
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team. As is our tradition, we'll be releasing the selections in two parts. The Class B, C and D teams will be announced here Wednesday at 10 a.m.

   A name from the past: Former Ossining guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter gave a verbal commitment to play basketball at UConn beginning in 2017 according to multiple reports this week.

   The 5-foot-10 Espinoza-Hunter was an Ossining standout while in junior high -- earning eighth-team all-state honors in Class AA in 2013 -- before transferring to Blair Academy in New Jersey.


  
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