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Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015: Forks has gone to a two-quarterback system

   Leading off today: Chenango Forks may be ranked No. 1, but time at the top hasn't created complacency. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Blue Devils may be going to a two-quarterback section for the remainder of their playoff run.

   After L.J. Watson went out in Week 6 with a hip injury, coach Dave Hogan began prepping Tony Silvanic at quarterback for work in the regular-season finale, which never happened due to a forfeit. Watson returned for the Section 4 quarterfinals, but Silvanic got playing time during the 43-27 win over Chenango Valley.

   Silvanic came in during the second quarter and the Blue Devils scored 22 points in the quarter, including three touchdowns by Watson.

   "We're not going to give up on either thing," Hogan told the paper. "Today, it seemed it was working better with Tony at quarterback. Certainly, there are pros and cons with both. They're both going to be playing some quarterback."

   Ready for wrestling? New York Wrestling News has a preview of this weekend's Super 32 Challenge, a North Carolina event that is one of the more significant offseason tournament for high school wrestlers.

   With competitors from all over the country making the journey to North Carolina, some of the brackets are so insanely large that it will take eight victories to win the weight class.

   Numerous New Yorkers are entered, including three-time NYSPHSAA champ Yianni Diakomihalis of Hilton. Diakomihalis won the Super 32 at 106 pounds and then 120 in the past two years but moves up to 132 this weekend. The field includes Chad Red of Indiana, ranked No. 1 nationally.

   By the way, one of the entries at 220 pounds is William Hilliard, third at the state meet last winter for Phoenix. Hilliard transferred over the summer to Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania.

   Canandaigua mourns: Recent graduate Courtney Wagner, a Canandaigua athlete whose four-year battle with cancer was an inspirational story throughout the region, died Monday. She was 18.

   Wagner was a freshman at William Smith College and on its soccer team, which has worn T-shirts this fall that read "Courtney's Crew." She had to stop attending classes early last month as an MRI revealed that the cancer first diagnosed in 2011 was spreading.

   A social media push resulted in Wagner appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show last March.

   Football schedule: Our Week 9 page is updated to include sectional semifinal pairings as well as consolation and crossover matchups.

   On his way to retirement: Wednesday's Section 5 semifinal vs. Attica will be the 800th for North Rose-Wolcott boys soccer coach Gordon "Scotty" Martin, 74, who announced before the season he will be retiring.

   His career has included eight Section 5 championships won in three different decades, state runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1995 and nine Wayne County titles. Martin, 439-278-82 overall, is at the point in his career where he has started coaching boys whose grandfathers played for him.


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  •    Jeff DiVeronica of the Democrat and Chronicle wrote a fabulous feature on Martin, who emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland, at the age of 15. Sharon, his wife of 46 years died on their anniversary in 2011.

       "But the best part of Martin's story isn't that his soccer team is good enough to send him out with his first sectional title since 1999," DiVeronica wrote. "The best part is this: Scotty Martin isn't lonely anymore."

       In a story book twist, Martin is now engaged to Sally Hollis Roche, the girl he had a crush on as a high school sophomore but never asked out until they reconnected nearly two years ago at their high school reunion.

       "I'm in a happy place. I really am. It was difficult (after Sharon died)," Martin said. "But Sally Ann has filled the void. She doesn't replace my wife. I loved her dearly. This is just a new experience that I'm ready for."

       As the story notes, the joke among area coaches who know Martin well is that he always thinks his team should have won.

       "North Rose has never really lost a game. The other team just somehow ends up with more goals," jokes Section 5 coordinator Gary Pollock. "Scotty will say, 'We were all over them!' And we'll go, 'Scotty, you lost 4-0.'"

       National news: I wasn't online much today, but when I did have time to log on, news about Candace Hill abounded.

       Hill, the world's fastest teen sprinter, apparently is turning pro at the age of 16.    The junior at Rockdale County High in Conyers, Ga., set World youth records this summer in the 100 and 200 meters. She ran :10.98 in June to become the only American female ever to go sub-11 seconds in high school.

       The word circulating is that she has been offered a decade-long shoe company contract in the six figures per year.

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