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Sunday, May 24, 2015: Messere wins 800th at West Genesee
Editor's note: This blog was revised Tuesday, May 26 to correct the Section 10 lacrosse scores and representatives.
Leading off today: West Genesee rolled past Cicero-North Syracuse 13-3 on Saturday, giving boys lacrosse coach Mike Messere his 800th career victory.
Messere is the country's all-time leader in boys lacrosse victories. His Wildcats will play Auburn for the Section 3 Class A championship at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday.
West Genesee goalie Nick O'Neil made 10 saves. Tyler Shoults scored four goals and David Procoppio added three for the winners.
Here's the class-by-class and section-by-section rundown of boys lacrosse finals across the NYSPHSAA, courtesy of the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin.
1 -- Mamaroneck 12, Mahopac 11 (OT)
2 -- Niskayuna 13, Shaker 8
3 -- West Genesee vs. Auburn, Wednesday
4 -- Corning 11, Ithaca 10
5 -- Pittsford vs. Penfield, Wednesday
6 -- Clarence vs. Orchard Park, Tuesday
7 -- None
8 -- Massapequa vs. Syosset
9 -- Warwick Valley 13, Valley 7
10 -- None
11 -- Smithtown East vs. Ward Melville, Wed.
1 -- Yorktown 11, John Jay (CR) 9
2 -- Albany Academy 8, BH-BL 7
3 -- Jamesville-DeWitt vs. Carthage, Wed.
4 -- Vestal 12, Horseheads 10
5 -- Victor vs. Webster Thomas, Wednesday
6 -- Hamburg vs. Niagara Wheatfield, Tuesday
7 -- None
8 -- Lynbrook vs. Manhasset, Tuesday
9 -- Highland 11, Cornwall 6
10 -- Canton 19, Massena 10
11 -- Mount Sinai vs. Sayville, Wednesday
1 -- Pleasantville 9, Bronxville 7
2 -- Greenwich 10, Glens Falls 9 (OT)
3 -- Cazenovia vs. Westhill, Wednesday
4 -- Chenango Forks 10, Seton Catholic 6
5 -- Penn Yan vs. Aquinas, Wednesday
6 -- Akron vs. Silver Creek, Tuesday
7 -- None
8 -- Cold Spring Harbor vs. Mineola, Tuesday
9 -- Rondout Valley 12, Red Hook 9
10 -- Salmon River 19, St. Lawrence 5
11 -- Babylon vs. Mattituck/Greenport, Wed.
Trickeration seals the win: A Colorado team on its way to a state championship used the ol' fake pickoff play Saturday to close out a 9-8 win in the semifinals.
Clinging to a 9-8 lead with two outs in the seventh and a Hotchkiss runner on second base, the Rye pitcher stepped off the rubber and went through the throwing motion. His teammates acted as if he'd made a wild throw to the outfield, and the runner instinctively took off for third base.
He never got there. The pitcher greeted him a little more than halfway there and tagged the runner for the game-clinching out.
Later, Rye defeated Resurrection Christian 12-10 to win Colorado's Class 2A title.
'Southy' honored: Saturday's contest was billed as the final home game in the half-century coaching career of Bob "Southy" Southworth, but the combined Syracuse City School District team will play once more at home.
Dozens of former players turned out celebrate Southworth's career and achievements -- including more than 700 wins and selection to the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame.
Though Southworth's nine lost to Syracuse CBA 4-2 on what Mayor Stephanie Miner proclaimed as Bob Southworth Day, he'll have one more home appearance. Fayetteville-Manlius won twice, including a victory over Westhill, to force a sectional tournament play-in game with Syracuse on Tuesday.
Scholar-athlete, for sure: Josh Wende may not be a pitcher, but the Half Hollow Hills West baseball player threw a couple of perfectos this year.
He rolled up perfect scores on both his SAT and ACT college admission tests, Newsday reported this weekend.
"I enjoy (baseball) but I try to enjoy all aspects of my life," said the 18-year-old outfielder, who'll attend Dartmouth in the fall. "I try not to inundate myself with schoolwork ... I love baseball, but I try to love everything."
Wende scored 2230 out of 2400 on the SAT the first time and 35 out of 36 on the ACT. He aced both tests the second time around. Among the more than 1.6 million students in the Class of 2014 to take the SAT nationally, only 583 earned a perfect score according to the College Board, which runs the test. Class of '15 data is not yet available.
He might keep playing baseball, he said, but only recreationally. He's hit .346 with eight doubles, and struck out only eight times, as a senior.
"You can see in his personality," coach Tom Migliozzi said. "Something only has to be said once and Josh understands it, whether it's an adjustment on defense or anything else."
Extra points: Jeff Doroski will return as the McGann-Mercy football coach next fall. He replaces Mike Buck, who coached the Monarchs for one season after Doroski was forced out in 2014 by an AD who subsequently resigned.
Doroski was 11-15 in three seasons and McGann-Mercy.