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Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015: Lake George's Wincowski reaches 2,000 points

   Leading off today: Lake George senior Joel Wincowski scored 30 points Monday en route to becoming the ninth boys basketball player in Section 2 history to reach 2,000 career points.

   The point guard's milestone came in a 65-31 win vs. Ticonderoga.

   Wincowski led Lake George to a 2013 NYSPHSAA state championship and was selected the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class C Player of the Year. He repeated as a first-team all-stater as a junior, averaging 28.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists a game.

   Wincowski has signed to continue his career next season at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. If Lake George can make a postseason run, Wincowski stands a chance to break Jimmer Fredette's sectional record of 2,404 points for Glens Falls through the 2006-07 season.

   More boys basketball: In one of those rarities of high school sports, two top-ranked squads face off tonight. Waterville (8-0), No. 1 in Class C, hosts Class D No. 1 New York Mills (6-0) in a battle of Section 3 teams.

   Another delay: Results of the investigation into alleged recruiting by the Burke Catholic boys basketball program have been delayed again and aren't expected to be released until after the Section 9 tournament in March, The Times Herald-Record reported.

   Section 9 Executive Director Bob Thabet said Monday attorney John T. McCann, hired to lead the probe, will present his final report to the Section 9 athletic council today, but a final determination on Burke Catholic's fate won't be made until March 10. That's the day attorneys for the school and Middletown School District, which initiated the complaint against Burke, will make presentations to the 18-member athletic council.

   "Each side will be able to come in and give a summary of their side," Thabet told the paper. "They can answer any questions the athletic council might have. There are three sides to this story and it has gotten complicated. We don't want this to be a debate; we just want the facts. We will then decide if this is a problem and how it should be handled."

   Sec. 5 coach's daughter dies: Ashley Vasey, the 3-year-old daughter of girls basketball coach Tom Vasey, died of unknown causes early Sunday morning as she slept, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   Other than an upset stomach and some vomiting the previous week and then again on Saturday morning, Ashley showed no signs of being seriously ill, Tom Vasey said.

   Ashley was adopted by the Tom and Molley Vasey shortly after she was born. The Our Lady of Mercy coach and his wife have another daughter, Taylor, who is 7.

   Vasey does not expect to resume coaching for at least a week, but has encouraged his players to stick to their schedule even though two upcoming opponents this week offered to postpone games.

   "The support the players are giving us, that's why I coach basketball," Vasey told the paper. "It's not for the wins or sectional titles. It's to make a difference in their lives."

   Alumni update: Former Buffalo St. Joe's football star Chad Kelly pleaded guilty Monday in Buffalo City Court to disorderly conduct in an altercation last month outside a bar and restaurant and a confrontation with police during his subsequent arrest.

   Kelly, 20, was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning that he must stay arrest-free for a year and comply with conditions set by City Judge Susan Eagan, The Buffalo News reported. He must complete 50 hours of community

  
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service, undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and complete a treatment program if the assessment determines he has a problem.

   The judge allowed Kelly to complete his community service in Mississippi, where he will be attending Ole Miss on a football scholarship.    Kelly was charged with numerous counts, including third-degree assault, second-degree menacing and resisting arrest.

   On the ice: James Nicholas broke a tie with 5:57 to go and propelled Scarsdale to a 3-1 boys hockey win over Mamaroneck on Monday.

   Scarsdale is ranked No. 1 in Division I and Mamaroneck is ninth in Division II.

   "Give James Nicholas credit," Mamaroneck coach Mike Chiapparelli told The Journal News. "He beat us 1 on 4 and scored from his knees. It was a heck of a play."

   Season on the line: The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J., will meet with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association on Friday in the hope of remaining eligible for the state boys basketball playoffs.

   Five players from The Patrick School (known as St. Patrick's until June 2012) and two from Redondo (Calif.) Union were ejected late in a Dec. 29 game at the Under Armour Holiday Classic in San Diego. A statement by NJSIAA assistant director Larry White to USA Today said the Celtics are in violation of the organization's bylaws, which say that teams accumulating three or more player or coach disqualifications for flagrantly unsportsmanlike conduct will not be permitted to participate in an NJSIAA tournament.

   The Patrick School is off to a 6-1 start, its best effort since the 2009-10 team finished 26-3.

   Chris Chavannes, the school's principal and basketball coach, told the paper there was no security at the event and the players were protecting their teammates.


  
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