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Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015: Two girls, 403 goals ... and more to come

   Leading off today: Buffalo City Honors senior Molly Petrucci became the NYSPHSAA's all-time leader in girls soccer goals Friday when she scored four times in an 8-1 triumph against Olmstead.

   The goals gave her 210 in six seasons, moving Petrucci past Kaitlin Robbins, who scored 208 times for Watertown's Immaculate Heart Central from 2003-07. Stephanie Karst (201 goals for Hinsdale, 1998-2003) is the only other 200-goal scorer in New York State Public High School Athletic Association history.

   "She's just an assassin on the field," City Honors coach Andrew McDermott told The Buffalo News. "She finds the weakness in the other team. Molly's also a leader on the field, absolutely a great captain in terms of total commitment on her part."

   Brittany La Plant has been nearly as prolific as Petrucci and is on schedule to become the next New York girl to reach 200 goals. The Queensbury star raised her total to 193 goals Friday to break the Section 2 mark of 189 by Nha Wright of Duanesburg from 2001-06.

   As The Post-Star points out, La Plant suffered a season-ending injury in 2014 that cost her at least half a dozen games and likely at least a dozen more goals.

   One and done: Saranac Superintendent Jon Parks said his school's varsity football season is over due to a lack of healthy players in the aftermath of the 61-6 loss to Ticonderoga in Week 1.

   "We just don't have the numbers to support that program going forward," Parks told The Press-Republican.

   Saranac's school board will meet Monday to discuss the possibility of combining its program with Plattsburgh for the remainder of the season. If the measure gets OK'd Monday, Plattsburgh's board will take it up for consideration.

   "Our goal is to make sure that every young man on that team would have an opportunity to continue and play football for the rest of the season," Parks said, praising Plattsburgh's cooperation.

   Parks said Saranac is focused on fielding its own varsity once again in 2016.

   Tribute set for Monday: Mark McGuire of The Daily Gazette wrote a very moving piece late this week about Carly Sinnott, 17, a first-year Mekeel Christian volleyball player who died May 13, after falling 50 feet while hiking in the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam.

   Mekeel will have jersey patches with CS initials on the right shoulder and special warmup shirts in Sinnott's memory this season. Monday's 5:15 p.m. season opener at home against Middleburgh will be preceded by a moment of silence, and a more extensive ceremony is being planned for Senior Day in October.

   In the meantime, take a few minutes to read the story, which includes terrific insight into what Sinnott meant to Mekeel in her one season with the team.

  
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   Reloading: A major prospect has fallen into the lap of the girls basketball team at Ossining, the three-time defending NYSPHSAA Class AA champion. Aubrey Griffin, a 5-foot-11 freshman, has transferred into the district from Chicago.

   The Journal News reports Griffin's father is former NBA player Adrian Griffin, who has been an assistant coach in the pro league since 2008. He was named the assistant coach of the Orlando Magic in June.

   Aubrey Griffin has only been playing basketball for a year and a half "but you would never know it watching her," Ossining coach Dan Ricci said.

   ICYMI: I recapped some of Friday's top football action in a blog earlier today.

   Extra points: University of Pittsburgh freshman guard Damon Wilson, who played for Our Savior New American on Long Island, was academically cleared by the NCAA this week and is eligible to play this season. That's potential good news for Kansas, which is awaiting NCAA approval for the transcript of OSNA grad Cheick Diallo, Gatorade's two-time New York player of the year.


  
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