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Sunday, May 15, 2016: Queensbury baseball swings away, reaches 20-0

   Leading off today: Queensbury coach Jay Marra provided to be wise in the ways of baseball when he spoke to his players before Saturday's game vs. Shenendehowa.

   "I told them, 'Swing the bats. You might as well get three tries as opposed to looking at two strikes,'" Marra said.

   It was a nod to the fact that Shenendehowa was sending senior ace Ian Anderson -- very likely a high selection in next months MLB draft -- to the mound for his second start of the season.

   And it worked. The state's top-ranked Class A team (latest rankings here) strung together consecutive run-scoring singles from Justin Trolestra and Matt Zita in the sixth inning and went on to a 2-1 win over the Plainsmen, the state's No. 7 Class AA team, to complete a 20-0 regular-season.

   "We got a couple of hits and a couple of ground balls that got by (Anderson). Things worked out," Marra told The Times Union.

   Said Queensbury standout Brett Rodriguez: "We knew (Anderson) would supply the power, so we just had to make good contact. Matty and Justin put the bat on the ball and went right up the middle. Those are clutch hits."

   Anderson, who consistently threw between 90 and 93 mph, Anderson registered 49 strikes among 73 pitches over six innings.

   Loucks Games: Huntington senior Infinite Tucker pulled off a solid hurdles double Saturday as the Loucks Games wrapped up in White Plains.

   Tucker won the 110-meter hurdles in :14.53 and the 400 hurdles in :52.77 for a pair of comfortable victories as the only competitor to score in both.

   The girls 2,000 steeplechase went to North Rockland junior Alex Harris, who wired the field in 6:52.22




for the best showing in the country so far this season. John Jay-Cross River's Eion Nohilly won the boys 3,000 steeplechase in 9:22.68.

   After winning the shot put on Friday, Iona Prep's Andrew Cannistraci took the boys discus with a heave of 173-6.

   "I want to hit 195 (before the end of the season)," he told The Journal News. "That's a really high goal but I feel I can do it."

   Rush-Henrietta junior Sammy Watson added to her win the girls 800 (2:06.05) by capturing Saturday's 400 title in :53.48.

   Big day at the plate: DaVonia Lamar drove in nine runs with a 5-for-6 showing at the late in Beacon's 25-13 softball win over Peekskill. The fresh-man doubled twice and scored three runs.

   Sydney Dexter was 1-for-2 with five walks and five runs scored.

   On the water: The New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships continue Sunday at Fish Creek.

   Dad's message: Just showing up isn't good enough for pro football player DeAngelo Williams when it comes to his two daughters. The Steelers running back may not necessarily demand that his children win when they compete, but he's also no fan of the "everyone gets a

  
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trophy" (or ribbon) mentality.

   Williams tweeted Wednesday to say he had returned the "participation ribbon" that daughter had earned during field day at school.

   As Williams notes, Rhiya earned first place in the next event after he returned the ribbon. She also received ribbons for third place in some other events.

   If the story has a somewhat familiar ring to it, that's because it should. James Harrison of the Steelers created a mini-controversy last summer when he returned the "participation" trophies for his 6- and 8-year-old sons.

   Harrison came under criticism for taking a stand, as did Williams last week. But Williams did get the last word when someone on Twitter chided him for embracing a double standard because he "had no problem accepting an absurd contract from the panthers for your participation? Pathetic."


  
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