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Monday, June 13, 2016: Rye's McHugh wins Federation golf playoff

   Leading off today: Two-time sectional champ James McHugh of Rye earned the boys Federation golf championship at Bethpage Black in an all-Section 1 playoff by beating Ardsley's Brent Ito on the first extra hole Sunday.

   McHugh and Ito matched 7-over 78s in regulation in blustery conditions before McHugh tapped in for par on the first playoff hole after reaching the par-4 first in regulation.

   Though the Penn State commit is only a junior, the tournament was McHugh's last as a high school golfer due to eligibility rules related to his transfer from IMG Academy in Florida.

   "It was great to go out on a good note, especially after the disappointing finish at states," McHugh, who tied for fifth at the NYSPHSAA championship, told The Journal News. "It was great to end my high school career and start the summer with a win. I can hopefully take this and keep the ball rolling."

   Solid weekend: A day after Marlboro captured the state Class B baseball title, the Dukes softball team earned a championship of its own in the rain-delayed New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament.

   Ashley Votta's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home Taylor Felicello with the winning run as Marlboro edged Windsor 2-1 at Moreau Park in South Glens Falls.

   Marlboro was playing in the final four for the sixth time (the Dukes lost to Solvay in the 2015 semifinals) and had lost two previous finals.

   "There are no words to describe this," pitcher Lily Moresco told The Daily Freeman. "I think we're all still kind of in disbelief."

   Said first-year coach Ryan Naccarato: "This is a storybook ending. We could not have asked for anything more. When I came in and saw this team for the first time, I knew there was something special there, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think about (a state title)."

   More NYSPHSAA softball: Section 4 ended up capturing four of the weekend's five titles following Sunday triumphs by Maine-Endwell and Elmira Notre Dame.

   Maine-Endwell was down to its final strike Saturday before rallying past unbeaten Pittsford Mendon. The Spartans finished the job in the Class A final with a 6-5 win over W.T. Clarke behind junior catcher Mikayla Garbarino's two-run double in the sixth inning.

   M-E rallied from a pair of one-run deficits.

   "It's a great feeling," Garbarino said after finishing 2-for-4 with two doubles. "I wasn't sure if we were going to win it all but we just came back ... I couldn't believe it."

   Meanwhile, Notre Dame dug out of an early three-run deficit and beat Caledonia-Mumford 8-6 in the Class C final. Junior outfielder Mackenzie Maloney hit a three-run double that sparked a seven-run third inning for Notre Dame, and freshman Jordyn Fargo capped the inning with a three-run home run to left-center.

   "It was a fastball right down the middle and I saw that and I was like, 'Thank you so much for pitching that to me,'" Fargo told the Star-Gazette.

   PSAL title game: Tottenville chalked up its 10th PSAL city softball championship in 13 seasons with a 13-5 win over High School of Construction at St. John's University.

   Senior Del Rosario led the Pirates' 14-hit attack with three hits and three runs batted in. First baseman Kate Del Rosario was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Jamie Holmes drove in a pair of runs.


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  •    Coaching news: Lancaster St. Mary's has its fourth football coach in four seasons with the announcement that Chris Dickson, who was head coach at Lancaster the past three seasons, is replacing Nick Todaro.

       Dickson's background includes seven years as an administrative assistant in scouting and an offensive quality control coach with the Buffalo Bills.

        • Jack Alesi has retired after 21 years of coaching boys basketball at Xaverian. Alesi, 64, guided the Clippers to two CHSAA city championships and three diocesan titles.

       "It's certainly going to be a withdrawal process but that's OK," he told MSG Varsity. "It's something I'm choosing to do. I'll miss being in the gym, but I'm looking forward to still being involved in basketball as a spectator rather than a coach."

       Alesi, who compiled a 345-250 record, will remain at Xaverian as the school's finance director.

       Name change: The Onteora School District's board of education voted 5-2 last week to replace its Indians mascot with an eagle, the Times Herald-Record reported.

       Student representative Reagan Loheide said at the board meeting that the impetus came from the Human Rights Club, which went to the student government earlier this year about the issue. A vote by middle and high school students resulted in Eagles being selected over Black Bears, Thunder and Mountain Lions.

       Board member Valerie Storey, who opposed the change, said the move came without enough thought about the associated costs and believed some students didn't participate in the process because they thought organizers already had made up their minds.

       "Giving me 107 students out of 600, that does not give me enough data to make this type of decision," Storey said.

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