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Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016: Owego volleyball bus overturns on highway

   Leading off today: The bus carrying Owego's defending state Class B girls volleyball team to a tournament in Section 2 overturned early Saturday morning, sending 10 players and three adults to an Oneonta hospital to be evaluated.

   The players, two coaches and bus driver were all released shortly afterward according to WBNG-TV.

   New York State Police said the bus rolled over into and embankment while traveling east on I-88 around 7:30 a.m. They said the driver was ticketed for failing to move from a lane safely.

   The Owego team was scheduled to play in a tournament at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

   Boys volleyball: Jordan Solomon was selected the tournament MVP after leading Penfield to a 25-17, 25-21 victory over Canisius in the final of the BNCC Tournament.

   Canisius was coming off a 34-0 record a year ago. Canisius had defeated McQuaid in the semifinals, while Penfield downed Fairport.

   Girls soccer: Hannah Morpurgo, Taylor Miller and Kelly Proctor scored for Trumansburg in a 3-0 triumph against Elmira Notre Dame, which had not lost in the regular season since 2014.

   The contest was the championship game of the Lady Crusader Soccer Tournament.

   Aquinas names replacement: Fourth-year JV coach John McCauley has been promoted to boys varsity basketball coach for defending NYSPHSAA Class AA champion Aquinas.

   McCauley also coaches the U16 team in the Albany City Rocks program.

   The Aquinas job became available when Mike Grosodonia departed this summer to become an assistant coach at Division III St. John Fisher College.

   More coaching news: Alyssa Mulheron Zacharias was approved as the new girls lacrosse coach at Canandaigua last week, replacing Sue Ellis.

   Zacharias, the daughter of retired boys lacrosse coach Ed Mulheron, had been the lacrosse coach at Fairport, which played in the Section 5 Class A final last spring.

   Big win in Florida: Lakatriona Brunson, the first female head varsity football coach in Florida history, made her first victory a huge one this weekend. Her Miami Jackson team edged Miami Booker T. Washington 12-9.

   Booker T. Washington, which was ranked second in the country by USA Today, committed five first-half turnovers. Among the spectators on the sideline was Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Booker T. Washington graduate.

   Brunson, a physical education teacher who played in the Independent Women's Football League, was named the team's coach in the spring.

   Protests? Some poking around this weekend did not turn up any incidents of widespread protests in New York scholastic sports along the lines of Colin Kaepernick's gestures to kneel for the national anthem. The only instance I'm aware of is that Philadelphia's Delaware Valley Charter had two players sitting and two kneeling during the

  
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national anthem before Saturday's 23-8 loss at Aquinas.

   In New Jersey, Camden Woodrow Wilson coach second-year Preston Brown, 32, and his assistants took a knee with all but two of their players on Saturday, USA Today reported.

   "I still love America. I still love our military," Brown told Philly.com. "But this was our way of saying that things have to change in our country. There's oppression, there's social injustice, and these kids live it."

   According to the New Jersey State Police, violent crimes in Camden rose 42.5 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the beginning of 2015. Violent crime also climbed in Camden over the last quarter of 2015 by 23.9 percent, according to the report.

   On Sunday, a Camden district spokesman released a statement: "The District supports standing for the flag, but this is a personal issue, and we strongly respect our students' experiences and their exercising our country's First Amendment rights. Whether our students choose to stand, kneel, or otherwise, we're proud of their engagement with what is more broadly a very important social justice issue."

   USA Today also reported on a handful of other instances.

   More coming Sunday: I'll be back later in the day with a few highlights from Week 2 of the New York high school football season.


  
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