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Sunday, Sept/ 18, 2016: Hilton's Diakomihalis wins another Cadet world title

   Leading off today: Hilton senior Yianni Diakomihalis became the first American wrestler to win back-to-back Cadet World Championships when he steamrolled the competition Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia, without once being taken down.

   Diakomihalis was dominating in the final in beating Stefan Tonu of Moldova 8-0 in the 63-kilogram freestyle final. He scored a pair of first=period takedowns en route to a 7-0 lead. The only question from there was whether the four-time New York State Public High School Athletic Association champ would pull off his fourth technical fall in five Sunday matches.

   "That was probably the best match I wrestled all day," he said. "So, like, it's good that I won, but it's good that I finished off wrestling well. Overall I was completely wrestling from setup to finish. It was good."

   Diakomihalis' semifinal was against Japan's Jintaro Motoyama in a rematch of the 2015 final at 58 kilograms. Diakomihalis fell behind 2-1 through one period before prevailing 9-3. He began his day with tech falls over competitors from Switzerland , Georgia and Kazakhstan.

   Diakomihalis will take a 199-match winning streak in high school competition into his senior season. He has already committed to Cornell University.

   Reloading: A look at the results from Saturday's Queensbury Invitational confirmed what an email correspondent had mentioned last week. Saratoga's boys cross country team, already stacked with a fair amount of talent, added a noteworthy reinforcement over the summer.

   Top-four finishes from sophomore Shea Weilbaker and senior Declan Hines helped the Blue Streaks earn the Division I team championship over runner-up Niskayuna. Weilbaker, who transferred into his home district from Doane Stuart School, rang up a 9:38.68 in the 3,200 meters last spring to rate No. 1 among New York freshmen by a wide margin.

   Tyler Marshall of Champlain Valley in Vermont won the race, followed by Queensbury's Ethan Carey, but Weilbaker and Hines led a pack of Saratoga runners to the finish line.

   Field hockey: Princeton-bound senior Fusine Govaert scored three goals for Rye in a 4-2 win over Bronxville to reach 100 tallies for her career. Govaert also has 55 assists in 61 varsity games.

   Sammon stands alone: Lowville downed Indian River 3-0 in girls soccer, making 29th-year coach Leo Sammon Section 3's winningest coach in that sport with 407 victories.

   Sammon passed former East Syracuse Minoa coach Milton Valerio.

   "This is the result of lots of hard work and dedication by many people, from my players and fellow coaches to the administration and the community of Lowville," Sammon told Syracuse.com after his club improved to 6-0 for the season.

   Basketball coaches clinic: Syracuse University women's coach Quentin Hillsman, who took his team to the NCAA

  
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Division I championship game last season, is one of the speakers who've been lined up for the 35th annual BCANY Fall Clinic on Sept. 30 at SUNY Cortland.

   Hillsman will address applying pressure with variations of the 2-3 zone in the day's final breakout session.

   Besides hardcore X's-and-O's strategy, there are mini-sessions scheduled to tackle inclusiveness and anti-bullying, coaching players with disabilities, building mental toughness and sessions designed specifically for new coaches.

   Among the high school coaches set to speak are Jeff Anastasia (Olean), Kristen Dolan (Williamsville South), Lester Funk (Pine Plains), Anthony Nicodemo (Yonkers Saunders), Rob Powers (Heuvelton), Sandy Rosen (Oyster Bay), Todd Rose (Washingtonville) and Chris Russo (Monticello).

   More information is available on the BCANY website.

   Warning issued: The board of trustees at St. Anthony's, the tiny New Jersey school built into a national basketball power by Bob Hurley, announced Thursday it could be forced to close the doors in June unless $10 million to $20 million can be raised within this year to establish an endowment.

   Hurley is to be honored this week at a dinner recognizing his half century in coaching -- including 1,100 wins, 28 state titles and numerous Division I recruits. But the dinner could also be the start of an unwanted farewell tour if the money doesn't materialize.

   "It potentially is, but I'll keep working toward making that not the case," Hurley said.


  
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