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Friday, Jan. 22, 2016: Holland hoopster, Holley coach hit milestones

   Leading off today: A couple of figures in New York high school sports have reached significant career milestones:

    • Holland senior Olivia Schmidt went over 2,000 points for her basketball career with 29 points during a 61-42 victory against Tonawanda. The game was stopped midway through the second quarter following a 3-pointer to hit the milestone.

   "It's really humbling," Schmidt told The Buffalo News. "I'm just happy a lot of my family and friends were here.”

   Schmidt is the school's career leader in soccer with 173 goals. She'll continue here career in that sport next fall at Division II Indiana Wesleyan and hasn't ruled out also playing basketball there.

    • Holley wrestling coach John Grillo notched career triumph No. 700 on Wednesday with a 54-35 win over Lyndonville.

   The Hawks are 28-3 in Grillo's 41st season.

   "When you coach long enough ... things can happen in a good way and in bad way," Grillo told the Democrat and Chronicle. "The great student-athlete wrestlers I've had, I have to give them credit for buying into the system and competing under my wings."

   Mexico dust-up: The Mexico girls basketball team is wrapped in mystery regarding the status of fifth-year coach Dave Passer -- apparently over an incident three weeks ago, Syracuse.com reported.

   When asked Wednesday who is running the team, Mexico Superintendent Sean Bruno clammed up.



   "I don't discuss personnel issues. Thank you," Bruno said before hanging up, the website reported.

   Passer's wife, Elizabeth, said her husband has been instructed to not discuss the issue. When asked if he is still the coach, she said she didn't know.

   The incident in question appears to have taken place during a Dec. 29 game, when Passer allegedly tried to distract a Carthage free-throw shooter first by shouting a loud remark and then by slamming a clipboard to the floor.

   "It was something I'd never quite experienced coaching before," 13th-year Carthage coach Randi Smith said. "I looked at my assistant coach and said, what's going on here in this game? It was bizarre."

   Carthage won the game and Smith said she didn't say anything to Passer after the game about it, adding she's never had problems with Passer in previous games.

   More from Wednesday: I missed this yesterday, but a Section 2 boys Class D game between Fort Ann and Argyle

  
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definitely needs to be acknowledged.

   Tyler Mattison scored a school-record 53 points and grabbed 29 rebounds as Fort Ann outlasted Argyle 91-88 in overtime in a battle of state-ranked squads. Mattison's buzzer 3-pointer capped a rally from 17 points down and sent the game to overtime.

   Argyle, ranked seventh in the state in Class D, got 39 points from Kobe Lufkin.

   Argyle shot 8 of 12 from the free-throw line, while third-ranked Fort Ann went 28 for 40.

   Petrella selected: State champ Ben Petrella of Liverpool has been named the Gatorade New York boys cross country runner of the year.

   Petrella, who'' enroll at West Point in the fall, won the NYSPHSAA Class A individual crown in November to spark the Warriors to the team title. He also won the Nike Cross Nationals regional qualifier and placed sixth in the national meet in Portland, Ore.

   Jessica Lawson of Corning was selected Gatorade's female cross country honoree earlier this month.


  
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