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Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015: Hamburg rallies with three goals in final 15 minutes

   Leading off today: It looks like we have our first frantic finish of the 2015-16 high school sports year.

   Hamburg rallied from a 3-0 deficit with 15 minutes remaining to finish tie Grand Island 3-3 in boys soccer Saturday.

   Justin Hoffman scored twice and freshman Gabe Masterangelo connected from 40 yards out to salvage the tie for Hamburg, which started third-string goalkeeper Tucker Reynolds due to an injury in warm-ups.

   Nice start: Shenendehowa pitcher Ian Anderson earned the save for Team USA in a 5-1 win over Mexico at the Under-18 World Championships in Osaka, Japan.

   The right-hander struck out five and allowed one hit in 3 1/3 innings of work. He entered the game with the bases loaded and Team USA holding a 3-0 lead. He hit the first batter he faced before working out of the jam.

   Anderson, a rising senior already committed to Vanderbilt and projected as a high MLB Draft pick next spring, was recently named the Baseball America Pitcher of the Year at the Perfect Game All-American Classic Awards Banquet in San Diego. A day later, Anderson competed in an all-star showcase game, striking out two in a scoreless inning to help cement his selection to Team USA.

   Anderson was 6-1 with a 0.66 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings for Shenendehowa last season.

   Hazing incident? The mother of a Susan Wagner junior varsity player says her son was injured with a broomstick during a non-football related incident at the program's camp last week.

   The unidentified women told The Advance her son disclosed the episode after returning home from the five-day camp upstate and may not be the only one injured.

   "My initial concern was over a football injury," she said, stopping short of calling the incident hazing. "I've learned a lot the last couple of days. More families are involved. The school is investigating; I don't know if there's any outside investigation. I hope it's not just inside the school; this should be investigated thoroughly."

   Independent sources confirmed to the paper that an incident did occur, but school Principal Gary Giordano did not respond to the paper's email. Co-AD Scott McBratney also did not respond.

   A source familiar with the situation said that two varsity assistants had been fired, but the paper was unable to confirm that development.

   Back to school: Dwayne "Tiny" Morton's taste of college coaching proved to be short-lived, and the former Abraham Lincoln boys basketball coach is headed back to his full-time job as a middle school math teacher after one year as a Seton Hall assistant, the New York Post reported late Saturday.

   Morton and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard declined comment, but the announcement is expected Monday, the paper reported. "It was definitely his choice," a source told the paper, referring to Morton.

   Morton, 44, was highly successful at Lincoln, winning eight city championships and three state Federation crowns while rolling up more than 400 wins in 19 seasons.

   Veteran assistant Kenny Pretlow replaced Morton as the coach at the Brooklyn high school.

  
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   The newspaper also indicated that Isaiah Whitehead, a star for Morton at Lincoln and off to a strong start in his collegiate career, remains on board with the Pirates.

   Whitehead tweeted as much Sunday:

   Saying farewell: John Pitarresi wrote his farewell column in Sunday's Observer-Dispatch, wrapping up a 43-year career as a staff reporter and columnist in Utica. He will continue his outdoor column, freelance on busy weekends and possibly launch a sports-centric website.





   "The good times are remembered far more clearly than the bad, and any emotional scars have long since healed," he writes. "I've had a blast covering a bunch of championship teams and great events -- Mohawk Valley Stars, Utica Blue Sox, Little Falls Mets, Colgate University football and basketball, terrific basketball teams at Hamilton College and Utica College when that rivalry was as hot as anything you'll ever see at any level of sports, the Boilermaker, the PGA events at Turning Stone, the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, SU's national championship basketball team, Orange football in some fabulous years, the very impressive Comets teams the last couple of seasons, tons of great high school teams and athletes, and so much more.

   "There were some dark, difficult days along the way, but I wouldn't trade any of it for anything."


  
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