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Friday, Sept. 17, 2016: Lowville coach ties Sec. 3 record in girls soccer

   Leading off today: Leo Sammon tied the Section 3 record for girls soccer coaching victories Thursday when Lowville edged Carthage 1-0.

   The victory improved Lowville to 5-0 this season and was No. 406 for the coach, pulling Sammon even with longtime East Syracuse Minoa coach Milton Valerio, Syracuse.com reported.

   Arianna Beller scored the decisive goal in the second half.

   Lowville is unscored upon during its perfect start to the season.

   Boys soccer: Defending Section 6 Class AA champ Williamsville North downed Clarence 1-0 on Matt Lindamen's first-half goal. Donovan Reed made nine saves for the shutout.

   Clarence is ranked seventh and Williamsville North 15th in this week's New York State Sportswriters Association ratings.

   Football: Bishop Timon-St. Jude completed its three-game swing through Georgia, Ohio and Texas with a 55-12 loss at Odessa Permian, chronicled in the book and movie "Friday Night Lights."

   Permian (4-0) rattled off the final 41 points of the game after Matt Myers' 16-yard TD run midway through the second quarter pulled Timon within 14-12.

   CK standout to the ACC: Christ the King point guard Jose Alvarado, who figures to be in the running for the state's Mr. Basketball honor this season, has committed to Georgia Tech.

   Alvarado, a first-team all-state pick in Class AA as a junior, becomes the first recruit for new coach Josh Pastner after selecting the Yellow Jackets over Rutgers and Seton Hall.

   "I love it down there," Alvarado told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "When I went down there, I felt like it was a good fit for me. I just liked it down there a lot."

   Alvarado can sign in the early signing period in November.

   Following up: Wednesday's blog summarized a Syracuse.com survey highlighting coaches' frustrations with overbearing parents of players.

   As a follow-up on Thursday, the website reprinted some of horror stories that coaches offered up in their survey responses. This may have been the worst episode, though there are certainly other contenders:

   "I held a parents meeting to discuss an issue we had that involved drinking. Both my principal and athletics director were there in support. While trying to have a discussion about what we could do to help keep our kids safe, one mother stood up and compared me to Hitler and said this was like living in Nazi Germany. I was stunned. My principal stood up and put a stop to it. I couldn't believe a parent would attack me for trying to do something positive for our kids."
   Concussion report: You likely saw one of the many stories this week about the latest study on injuries in youth soccer. Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, reported a huge rise in the number and rate of injuries -- especially concussions.

   The yearly number of soccer-related injuries among 7- to 17-year-olds treated in emergency departments in the United States increased by 78 percent from 1990 to 2014 according to findings published in the journal Pediatrics. The annual number of injuries also rose by 111 percent over that time span.

   While concussions and other "closed-head" injuries accounted for just more than 7 percent of injuries overall, the number of these injuries increased nearly 1,600 percent, the study found. Players diagnosed with concussions were twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital as patients with other injuries.

  
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   Among the factors fueling the increase: Rising popularity (more than 3 million registered soccer players younger than 19); year-round play opportunities with club, travel and recreation leagues; and increased awareness about the dangers of concussions raising awareness and triggering more precautionary examinations.

   That last point cannot be emphasized nearly enough.

   "You read the article and go, 'Whoa! How are kids getting so many more concussions?'" said Dr. Randy Cohn, an orthopaedic surgeon at Northwell Health. which has 21 hospitals in the New York metropolitan area.

   "I will counter that point. It's not that soccer is getting more dangerous. It's not that there's a drastic increase in head injuries. A big part of it is diagnosis. In 1990, we were not diagnosing concussions on youth soccer players.

   "In 1990, unless there was a loss of consciousness, we weren't calling it a concussion," Cohn, who serves as the associate head orthopaedist for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. "It wasn't being diagnosed. Our threshold for diagnosing and treating a concussion is so much more precise now. Everything is on the side of caution."

   Big week for siblings: Sisters Carrie and Katie Krohn are having a monster week for the Schoharie girls soccer team.

   The sisters combined for six goals in Monday's 7-3 victory over Fort Plain. Then, Carrie Krohn scored three goals, Katie Krohn kicked in two and Megan Krohn assisted twice as the Indians rolled to a 5-1 win vs. Northville.

   Extra points: Assistant John Kelly has been promoted to boys basketball coach at John S. Burke Catholic, where Doug Janeczko (179-71 record and six Section 9 titles in 11 seasons) stepped down after accepting a teaching position at another school.

   Janeczko's 2011 squad won the NYSPHSAA Class B championship.


  
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