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Tuesday, April 14, 2015: Hauppauge's Fanti throws consecutive no-hitters

   Leading off today: Hauppauge pitcher Nick Fanti threw his second straight no-hitter in early-season Section 11 baseball action, striking out 16 Huntington batters Monday in a 6-0 victory.

   Fanti faced the minimum 21 batters. He picked off the baserunner after giving up a leadoff walk in the fifth.

   Fanti (3-0) has allowed two hits and struck out 38 batters in 19 innings this spring.

   Boys lacrosse: Niagara-Wheatfield (3-0) handed defending Section 6 Class A champion Orchard Park its first loss, defeating the Quakers 12-11 on Evan Printup's goal at 2:12 of the third overtime.

   Niagara-Wheatfield is ranked 11th in Class B and Orchard Park 14th in Class A in the first New York State Sportswriters Association rankings of the season. (Full rankings here.)

   N-W scored twice in the last 24 seconds of regulation. Junior Tyler Kilgour (three goals, four assists) and Dakota Becker tallied 14 seconds apart, the latter with :10 to go in the fourth quarter.

   Logan Hill made 23 saves in goal for Niagara-Wheatfield. Kevin Goltz led Orchard Park with four goals.

   "Beating Orchard Park is a big win for any program," N-W coach Vince Schiffert told The Buffalo News. "I think the only other time we beat them was three years ago and we play them almost every year."

   Texas proposal moves forward: The Texas House of Representatives has given preliminary approval requiring high school athletes to undergo electrocardiogram (EKG) testing for possible degenerative heart problems before participating in campus sports.

   Representatives voted 86-57 Monday to make the testing mandatory as part of physicals taken to participate in all University Interscholastic League activities. The EKG tests, which would be required before the freshman and junior years of high school, would cost families about $15.

   The bill faces a procedural House vote before going to the Senate for consideration.

   The non-profit Children's Heart Foundation says more than 3,600 Texas children are born year with a congenital heart defect that predisposes them to sudden cardiac death.

   The American College of Cardiology and the Texas Pediatric Society oppose the legislation, citing high rates of false positives and a lack of consensus over the most effective way to address cardiac arrests in youth sports.

   About 20 percent of Texas school districts already have athletes undergo EKG exams. The UIL currently requires parents to sign a two-page form on heart issues that includes a health quiz for students to help them self-identify potential concerns.

   Illinois association responds: The Illinois High School Association says a concussions lawsuit filed against the organization last November is a "misguided effort that threatens high school football."

   The organization submitted a 16-page motion asking the Cook County Circuit Court to dismiss the suit. The lawsuit seeks court oversight in how schools handle head injuries and asks for mandatory medical staffing at games and practices. The suit also seeks to have the IHSA pay for medical testing for former Illinois high school football players.

   The IHSA said the mandates could make football too expensive for poorer schools.

  
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   College and pro football have faced class-action lawsuits, but the Illinois filing is the first of its kind against a high school football governing body. The IHSA argues its $10 million in yearly revenue to pay for more than 40 sports and activities statewide can't be compared to the cash-rich NCAA and NFL.

   Former Notre Dame College Prep quarterback Daniel Bukal was the lead plaintiff in the suit when it was filed. In January, it was amended and former South Elgin High School lineman Alex Pierscionek took his place. Pierscionek alleges he suffers memory loss from concussions he received playing from 2010 to 2014.

   The lawsuit doesn't seek monetary damages. A status hearing in the case is scheduled for April 23.

   Milestone: Syracuse CBA boys tennis coach Tom Daviau earned his 400th career victory Monday when the Brothers blanked Chittenango 5-0 to open their season.

   One more change The Kickoff Classic football schedule has been adjusted one more time, with Cazenovia's contest against Amsterdam moved to Friday, Sept. 4 at the Carrier Dome. The move allows the Kickoff Classic to move up all of its Sunday games to do away with the 8 p.m. game.

   Here's what the schedule now looks like:

Thursday, Sept. 3:

  • 5 p.m. - Cicero-North Syracuse vs. Kingston
  • 8 p.m. - Baldwinsville vs. Victor
Friday, Sept. 4:

  • 11 a.m. - Cazenovia vs. Amsterdam
Saturday, Sept. 5:

  • 11 a.m. - Auburn vs. Binghamton
  • 2 p.m. - Syracuse Henninger vs. Newburgh
  • 5 p.m. - Shenendehowa vs. Canisius
  • 8 p.m. - Syracuse CBA vs. Aquinas
Sunday, Sept. 6:

  • Noon - Watertown vs. East Rochester/Gananda
  • 3 p.m. - Utica Notre Dame vs. Newark Valley
  • 6 p.m. - South Jefferson vs. Mexico


  
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