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Friday, Oct. 2, 2015: Top-ranked Arlington loses boys soccer rematch

   Leading off today: John Jay East Fishkill pulled off an impressive turnaround three days earlier and defeated Arlington 1-0 on Thursday to had the state's top-ranked Class AA boys soccer team its first loss of the season.

   Arlington had prevailed 2-0 Monday for its eighth straight shutout when the teams met for the first time.

   In the rematch, Mike Ciardullo capitalized on a turnover and scored in the 69th minute in the Patriots' upset of host Arlington (8-1). Tom Dillmann intercepted a pass near the 30 and played the ball to Ciardullo, who fired into the upper left corner from 20 yards.

   "We were going crazy afterwards," Ciardullo told The Poughkeepsie Journal. "Since the loss, this rematch had been the only thing running through our heads. It's a great feeling."

   Harrison Kaplan made four saves for the Patriots (7-2-1).

   More soccer: Skaneateles got a second-half goal from Dylan Viscomi to break a 1-1 tie and hand Westhill its first loss of the season, 2-1.

   Westhill (9-1-1) is ranked seventh in the state in Class B. The Lakers improved to 7-2-1.

   The Lakers' other goal came from Luke Palmer on a first-half corner kick. Westhill had taken a 1-0 lead when Michael Lantry converted a penalty kick.

   Add to the list of forfeits: Salem is forfeiting its Saturday football game to Canajoharie due to a shortage of players, The Post-Star's Pete Tobey tweeted.

   A year later: Thursday marked the first anniversary of the death of Shoreham-Wading River football player Tom Cutinella, a 16-year-old junior who suffered a head injury during a game against John Glenn.

   Newsday interviewed Frank and Kelli Cutinella this week to talk about their son's legacy and how their lives have changed.

   The lead to the story is about as attention-grabbing as one can imagine: Last Sunday, Kelli Cutinella participated in the Tunnel to Towers Run, running alongside Karen Hill -- a transplant recipient who received Tom's heart last Oct. 3 in the aftermath of last fall's tragedy.

   "It was a new first for us because Thomas wasn't there," Kelli Cutinella said, before choking up and adding, "But he was there, in Karen."

   Hill, then a 21-year-old Fordham University student, received his heart as a last-resort option to deal with a decade-long ailment that had left her potentially within days of dying.

   "It was a very moving experience for me," Hill said. "It was such a tragedy for that family, but they did such a selfless thing for me and my family. I'm so grateful for what the Cutinellas did. A year ago, I couldn't climb a flight of stairs. Now, I'm running again."

  
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   Kelli Cutinella said she has been in communication with all of her son's organ recipients. She and Hill made plans to meet at Sunday's race, though they hadn't talked about running together.

   "It just happened, and we stayed right by each other," Kelli said. "It was amazing to me. This was Thomas' favorite run and I knew he was with me."

   Following up: We noted in a recent blog that Grand Street Campus quarterback Sharif Harris-Legree had finally received approval to suit up, which greatly changed the Class AA landscape in PSAL Class AA football.

   We now know a little bit more of the story, namely that the eligibility approval came via a ruling in State Supreme Court. Harris-Legree had transferred from Fort Hamilton in January, and the PSAL initially enforced its policy of forcing him to sit out for a year, which would have ended his scholastic career.

   Attorney John Rodriguez subsequently argued successfully in court that the transfer wasn't subject to the one-year waiting period because Harris-Legree moved to Queens to live with his mother.

   College-bound: Cardozo basketball player Ray Salnave, sixth-team all-state in Class AA as a junior, has given a verbal commitment to Monmouth University. The 6-foot-2 guard led the Judges to a city title two seasons ago and helped Cardozo back to the 2015 final.


  
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