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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016: Mamaroneck senior breaks long-standing record

   Leading off today: Mamaroneck senior runner Katie DeVore broke a long-standing building record Wednesday en route to a victory at the Rockland Coaches Invitational.

   DeVore clocked 2 minutes, 55.79 seconds in the 1,000 meters to break Suffern star Nancy Rosenfeld's 33-year-old Rockland Community College Fieldhouse high school record of 2:56.4. DeVore's personal best had been 2:55.79 at the state indoor championships as a freshman.

   DeVore overtook North Rockland junior Alex Harris in the closing meters, and Harris (2:55.8) also eclipsed Rosenfeld's mark.

   "I can't believe it. I'm so happy now," DeVore, who'll run for Penn next season, told The Journal News. "I remember trying to beat my PR for so long. I just needed to get back into the groove."

   End of an era: It's the end of the line for Monroe-Woodbury's enormously successful football collaboration.

   Crusaders coach Jim Hintze and offensive coordinator Pat D'Aliso have both stepped down, MSG Varsity reported.

   Hintze served as the head coach for one season, but worked with D'Aliso at Monroe-Woodbury since 1987. D'Aliso, 61, resigned as the head coach in 2011 after 24 years but stayed on as offensive coordinator. He is Section 9's




winningest coach (194-49) and led Monroe-Woodbury to 11 Section 9 championships and one NYSPHSAA Class AA crown in four trips to the final.

   "I don't want to say I'm retiring because I don't know what the future holds," D'Aliso said. "The best thing I can say really at this point why I'm making this decision is that I've been involved in football for 45 straight years as a player, as a coach and I'm exhausted. I'm not sure if I'm burnt out and need some time off, or if I'm finished coaching football. I'm going to take this year off."

   AD Ron Montalto said assistant coach James Sciarra, formerly Warwick's head football coach, will also not return next year. Montalto said a search for the Crusaders' next head coach has begun.

   Hintze took over as head coach for Bernie Connolly, who had previously served as D'Aliso's offensive or defensive coordinator for 24 years. Connolly stepped down after three years in December 2014.

   Said Newburgh coach Bill Bianco: "Those guys at Monroe-Woodbury have been kind of like the driving force in our section for everybody. They have been stable and have forced everyone to get better. They are the model of consistency and set the pace for 'AA' and I think everyone else."

  
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   Replacement named: West Genesee has selected Kevin Hennigan as its new girls lacrosse coach. Hennigan, 30, a math teacher at the high school who played on two Wildcats boys teams that won state championships, was appointed at Wednesday's school board meeting.

   Coach Bob Elmer resigned in November, a move sparked by subsequent public allegations from a former baby-sitter that he inappropriately touched her more than 23 years ago, Syracuse.com reported. Elmer coached West Genesee to 313 wins and seven state titles over 16 seasons.

   Hennigan was a lacrosse captain at SUNY Geneseo and worked as an assistant there and at RIT. He is in his second year teaching in the district. Hennigan's wife, the former Jacquie Griffin, played on two state title teams for Elmer.

   Superintendent Christopher Brown said Hennigan was selected from among a group of six finalists.

   Serious Tenn. incident: A Tennessee high school has canceled its season after three basketball players were charged with raping a teammate in an apparent hazing incident, The Associated Press reported.

   Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith said he made the decision about Ooltewah High School so investigators can do their jobs without interference.

   "This decision is not a reflection upon the coaching staff," Smith said. "Indeed, law enforcement officials have to date found no evidence any adult acted improperly. Likewise, this decision is not meant to punish the boys on the team who are innocent of any wrongdoing and simply want to play high school sports."

   Two women attending Wednesday's meeting said they are mothers of Ooltewah players and their sons had been beaten by teammates during the trip to Gatlinburg.

   Gatlinburg police said three teens face aggravated rape and aggravated assault charges in connection with injuries to a teammate who underwent surgery after being assaulted while attending a basketball tournament. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and charges thus far pertain to a single victim.


  
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