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Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015: Mass. school ends Cooperstown win streak

   Leading off today: I intended to take the day off until I saw the Cooperstown girls basketball result. So, as long as I'm here, I'll toss in a few more short items and then call it a day.

   Streak ends: Mansfield (Mass.) held 2015 state Class C player of the year Liz Millea to seven points and snapped Cooperstown's 20-game girls basketball winning streak 43-28 on Monday in the first round of a tournament in Amsterdam.

   By New York classification standards, unbeaten Mansfield (5-0) is a Class AA-sized school.

   "They're big," Cooperstown coach Mike Niles told The Daily Star. "They're a 'AA' team for sure. We had a little foul trouble with Liz and we didn't really have anyone stepping in. It was 15-10 at halftime, so we were OK at that point, but they put up 18 in the third quarter."

   Cooperstown, which had last lost on Jan. 26 and won a NYSPHSAA championship in March, plays Class A Scotia-Glenville in Tuesday's consolation game.

   More girls basketball: It's been a few years since Section 5 has had a dominating post player, but Emma Guy qualifies. The 6-foot-3 Penfield senior, a Boston College commit, went for 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 57-42 win over Ursuline at the Slam Dunk Tournament.



   Penfield out-rebounded Ursuline 50-26, with 5-11 sophomore Makaila Wilson recording 11 points and 13 rebounds.

   Following up: I mentioned Erica Ellis yesterday after she competed alongside Olympic champ Jenn Suhr in the pole vault on Sunday.

   On Monday, the Gates Chili vaulter was at it again, breaking her state freshman record by clearing 12 feet, 1 inch in a meet at Hobart College.

   Coming up: New Syracuse coach Dino Babers will speak at the New York State High School Football Coaches Association clinic Feb. 4-6 at the Turning Stone Resort.

   Temple head coach Matt Rhule is also scheduled to speak, as are NFL assistant coaches Sean Ryan (New York Giants) and Brian Angelico (Cleveland Browns).

   You can find details and browse the semiannual NYSHSFCA magazine here in PDF format.

  
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   Music to our ears: If all you focus on is the games themselves, you're probably missing out on a lot of the fun surrounding high school sports. Mike Zacchio at The Journal News gets that, so he filed a cool piece about music at the Westchester County Center during basketball tournaments.

   Cornwall ceremony honors ex-coach: Cornwall held a ceremony Monday to rename its gym to honor Glen McGinnis, who coached sports for 58 years.

   McGinnis, who died July 5 at age 81 after a battle with stomach cancer, coached many sports including basketball, football, soccer, softball and swimming.

   Cornwall held the ceremony before the boys basketball game against Walton in the Glen M. McGinnis Holiday Tournament. The school named its holiday tournament after him in 2010.


  
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