New York State Sportswriters Association   
→ Rankings
NYSSWA rankings are updated weekly.
See the latest plus the earlier weeks'
updates on our rankings page.

→ User tools


Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016: Lengthy field hockey, soccer streaks ended

   Leading off today: Lakeland dominated the action, but something very unusual happened to New York's seven-time defending NYSPHSAA field hockey champions on Saturday. The Hornets did not win.

   Instead, they settled for a scoreless tie against host Darien (Conn.) to snap an 84-game winning streak that began in 2012 after a loss to the Connecticut school.

   Lakeland outshot Darien 14-3 and held a 14-2 margin in penalty corners. The game went to a 10-minute, 7-on-7 overtime, a format┬ánot played in New York.

   While calling the game a "glorified scrimmage," Lakeland coach Sharon Sarsen told The Journal News, "I get there is a lot of pressure and people will go home and people will ask what happened."

   Darien was coming off an early week loss to Wilton, another powerhouse in its state.

   "I hope the girls can use this to build confidence," Darien coach Mo Minicus told The Advocate. "And believe in themselves and each other for the rest of the season."

   ND held to a tie: Gavin Harrington scored the tying goal for Elmira Notre Dame four minutes after Athens (Pa.) took the lead midway through the second half and the Crusaders settled for a 1-1 tie that preserved their unbeaten streak to 53 games on the field.

   The Crusaders, 21-0 last season en route to a NYSPHSAA title, saw their winning streak snapped at 38.

   More boys soccer: Sam Sutherland had two goals to lead Clarence, ranked 10th in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, to a 4-1 win vs. No. 2 Williamsville North.

   Chris O'Brien and Quinn Neelon also scored for the Red Devils, who improved to 12-1-1.

   Williamsville North won a September meeting between the teams.

   Cross country: Fayetteville-Manlius placed four runners in the top 10 and won going away in the Eastern States girls championship race during the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park.

   The Hornets posted 34 points to blow past North Rockland (!41) and Syosset (178). Individually, North Rockland freshman Katelyn Tuohy was first in a time of 14:12.4 for 2.5 miles. F-M's Claire Walters was fifth in 14:30.0.

   Lincroft (N.J.) CBA won a tightly bunched boys Eastern States race with 202 points to edge Princeton (N.J.) and Fayetteville-Manlius at 213 and 237, respectively. Thirteen teams finished with between 202 and 316 points.

   Former Carthage star Noah Affolder, now at Carlisle (Pa.), won in 12:10.6, followed by Guilderland's Noah Carey (12:21.2) and Pittsford Mendon's Nathan Lawler (12:24.2).

   A few other notes from the huge meet:

    • St. Anthony's and Shenendehowa posted a 1-2 finish in the boys "D" race and Watkins Glen triumphed in the "G" race.

    • Shoreham-Wading River posted 49 points to triumph in the girls "D" competition over Liverpool and Jamesville-DeWitt. The S-WR duo of Katherine Lee and Aexandra Hays pace the field in 14:19.9 and 15:03.1, respectively.

    • The Niskayuna and Baldwinsville girls finished 1-2 in the "A" race, while Guilderland and Pearl River did likewise in "B." Pearl River sophomore Mary Borkoski won her race in 15:22.6.

    • The top of the podium for the girls "F" division featured Goshen senior Olivia Elston (15:00.9) and the Cornwall team. which held off Warwick Valley.

   Girls soccer: Tonawanda junior Hope Balling's hat trick during a 4-0 win vs. Cheektowaga JFK gave her 99 career goals and her school's all-time record. Kalyn Compeau ended her career in 2013 with 97 goals.

   Balling's first crack at the century mark comes Tuesday vs. Eden. football site

   Following up: As of mid-day Sunday there was still no decision on whether the Buffalo-area football game between Bishop Timon-St. Jude and St. Joseph's will be resumed. The game was stopped by a scuffle midway through the second quarter Friday.

   Monsignor Martin Association Executive Director Brian Kiszewski told The Buffalo News on Saturday afternoon that be was awaiting the game report from the game officials.

   That's a full night: Co-captain Nick Manino was introduced as Frankfort-Schuyler's homecoming king during pre-game ceremonies Friday night. And his night was just starting.

   The senior fullback/linebacker converted his two fumble recoveries into first-half touchdown runs and the Maroon Knights remained undefeated with a 25-14 win over Westmoreland in Central New York football action.

   Picking up the slack after his team lost tailback Joe Streeter to an injury on the opening kickoff, Manino finished with 22 carries for 165 yards and the two TDs.

   "Nick is just playing so well, on both sides of the ball," coach Jeff LaGase told the Observer-Dispatch. "He means so much to us."

   Inspirational player: Santa Paula (Calif.) scored a 38-7 football win Friday in quarterback Keshaun Mata's final game before cancer surgery scheduled for Monday.

   When the final whistle sounded, Mata's team and the crowd said a prayer that the surgery will be successful.

   "Keshaun is a big inspiration for everybody but we tried to keep as normal as possible this week, that is what he wanted," coach Mike Montoya said. "He wanted the focus on the game and not him, so that's what we did."

   When Mata was 5, he lost his right foot to a malignant Peripheral Sheath tumor. The cancer returned when he was 13, but Mata and his doctors were able to stop it from spreading. Mata recently learned the cancer had returned again and that he will need surgery.

   "It doesn't bother me," Mata said. "Once I get surgery, I am going to be back on the field soon. I am just looking forward. I am not worried about it."

→ Recent blogs and news     NYSSWA RSS feed
  • 2/20: Wrestling at-large berths announced
  • 2/19: Retired hoops chairman Higgins dies
  • 2/18: Weekly NYC boys basketball recap
  • 2/17: Another Lufkin brother reaches 2,000
  • 2/11: Weekly NYC boys basketball recap
  • 2/7: L.I. girls team ineligible for playoffs
  • 2/6: Tuohy posts Gatorade national three-peat
  • 2/5: Sec. 6 league may require tie-breaker
  • 2/4: Weekly NYC boys basketball recap
  • 2/3: NYSPHSAA may add 8th football game
  • 2/2: Pasqualetti sets pole vault record
  • 2/1: Haskell shatters Sec. 6 record
  • This Site

    ©2007-19 Abbott Trento Online Media. All rights reserved. Contact us via e-mail.

    → Twitter
       Get all the latest:

    Follow the NYSSWA on Twitter

    Road To Syracuse H.S. football in New York   Ten Man Ride H.S. lacrosse in New York
    Road To Glens Falls boys H.S. basketball in N.Y.   Road To Troy girls H.S. basketball in N.Y.