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Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016: Syosset's Arujau earns silver medal at World Cadets

   Leading off today: Amirhossein Maghsoudi of Iran defeated Syosset standout Vito Arujau 12-8 in the 58-kilogram freestyle championship match Saturday at the World Cadet Wrestling Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia.

   Arujau was leading 7-4 in the second period when Maghsoudi pulled ahead with a four-point move.

   Arujau, a Cornell recruit who already has three NYSPHSAA championships to his credit, had won his first three matches -- two on technical falls -- of the day to reach the final.

   Hilton's Yianni Diakomihalis, who wrestles Sunday in the 63-kilo class, was the 58-kilogram champ a year ago.

   Boys soccer: Garrett Mertz scored a pair of first-half goals as visiting Milford took a 3-0 lead en route to upsetting Cherry Valley-Springfield 4-1 on Friday.

   Sean Van Warner and Jose Aburto also scored once for Milford against the state's third-ranked Class D team.

   Mertz was coming off a four-goal performance in Milford's previous game.

   Girls soccer: Kristen Maher scored four times and added four assists in Saratoga Central Catholic's 11-1 win over Glens Falls.

   The streak lives -- barely: Lincroft (N.J.) CBA kept one of the nation's longest winning streaks in any sport alive this week with a 27-32 win over Colts Neck.

   Running shorthanded Tuesday, CBA extended its dual-meet streak to 345 in a row since the start of the 1974 season. The five-point win was the closest margin of victory for CBA since the Colts edged St. John Vianney on a tiebreaker in 1981. That St. John Vianney team was coached by current Colts Neck coach Jim Schlentz.

   CBA was minus two of its regulars due to injuries.

   CBA's Sean McCafferty was making his head coaching debut for CBA after two years as an assistant under Tom Heath, who retired from coaching last December after 45 seasons on the job.

   The N.Y. connection: Stanford University made news this week when the NCAA announced a finding of violations including more than $3,000 in impermissible benefits to a football player and excessive practice time by the softball team.

   AD Bernard Muir said Thursday these are the first "major" violations committed by the school. Stanford self-reported these violations in 2014, and the NCAA did not find a lack of institutional control.

   The football violation was linked to receiver Devon Cajuste, a first-team all-state selection for Holy Cross in the CHSAA in 2010. The university determined Cajuste received benefits from his landlord in 2014 including about $400 in meals and movie tickets with the family and a loan of about $3,000 for a bicycle. Cajuste repaid the loan, donated money to charity and served a one-game suspension.

   Been there, done that: Reporter Rob Centorani of the Press & Sun-Bulletin wrote this week about an all-too-familiar episode that many of us on the high school sports beat have faced -- usually multiple times.

   In short, some football fathers just do not know when to let go. These episodes always start with a phone call

  
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or an email from a parent overly eager to point out his or her child's performance in a particular game -- even if the performance wasn't necessarily all that spectacular.

   Responding with an acknowledgement may seem to be the right thing for the reporter to do, but no such good deed goes unpunished because the parent than feels empowered to up the stakes.

   "This time, it came in a harsher tone," Centorani wrote. "He said again there was no mention of defense or his son in the recap. Then he went on to recount his son's stats."

   "Again, I responded: 'We didn't have a reporter at last night's game. We have to go with what we get from the schools and that's normally offensive statistics. Unless someone mentions that he played well, we would have no way of knowing.'

   "Then he fired back a response that made me very happy.

   "Wow a news site that waits for the news to come to them. I'm done with it and excuses. Good day.

   "Outstanding. I won't have to deal with this guy again."

   And, of course, that wasn't the end of it. You can read the rest of the column here.


  
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