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Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016: Bethlehem boys advance over Shen on penalty kicks

   Leading off today: Kevin Piccolino converted with the final shot, giving Bethlehem a 5-4 win in penalty kicks over Shenendehowa on Monday in the Section 2 boys soccer championship game after 110 minutes of scoreless action.

   The senior went the opposite direction of his other three penalty kicks (all successful) this season, including one late in regulation Sept. 10 to beat Shenendehowa 1-0.

   "I changed, just in case their goalie had known what I had done before," Piccolino told The Times Union.

   Bethlehem had advanced to the championship game with Piccolino making a golden-goal penalty kick in the semifinals last week.

   More boys soccer: Alessandro Sambone fired a penalty kick into the upper right corner 2:14 into overtime to give Massapequa to a 2-1 win over Syosset in a Section 8 Class AA semifinal suspended from Sunday by lightning with 31:07 to go.

   "I usually go the same way every time," Sambone told Newsday. "What can I say? I just buried it."

   "I've never been a part of anything like that," coach Matt Burke said. "It was obviously a unique situation having to carry over for 24 hours and thinking about it, trying to game plan for whatever we could for 31 minutes."

   In the other semi, Calhoun advanced with a 2-1 win vs. Hicksville. Joe Thomann headed in the winner in the 59th minute off a corner kick from Michael Harten.

    • Marlon Martinez scored twice for reigning state champion Amityville in a 2-0 win over Sayville in the Section 11 Class A semifinals. In the other contest, Collin Barnard and Mason Mee scored in the first half as Harborfields surprised John Glenn 2-1.

   Coaching change (again): Poughkeepsie football coach Matt Relyea is out after just one season, setting the school up for its fifth coach in six years when the 2017 season arrives according to Hudson Valley Sports Report.

   "I was fortunate to be at the helm of one of the most storied programs in the area," he said. "Unfortunately, things didn't work out but I still hope to see all see all of our seniors graduate in June and I wish the best to all of our underclassmen."

   Interim AD Bob Murphy did not return a call seeking comment.

   Relyea's successor will be the fifth head coach in six seasons, starting with Ken Barger's final year in 2012, John Castellano in 2013 and 2014 and Jerry North in 2015.

   State tennis finals: Holy Trinity's Julia Szymanska defeated Yorktown's Caitlin Ferrante 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 to earn the girls Federation tennis championship at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis.

   Szymanska defeated PSAL representative Daniela Hernandez of Cardozo 6-3, 6-1 in her first match in the first year of a new tournament format with excludes the CHSAA and PSAL representatives from the main draw.

   Earlier in the day, Ferrante won the NYSPHSAA championship, rallying from a set down against Our Lady of Mercy freshman Julia Andreach for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

   In doubles, Sofie Levine and Christina Huynh of Bronx Science captured Federation honors with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Calista Sha and Morgan Wilkins of Friends Academy.

   Sha and Wilkins rallied from a 5-2 second-set deficit, survived a match point at 5-4, and battled their way to a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory vs. Vanessa Ciano and Laina Campos of Ursuline in the NYSPHSAA final.

   Retired coach dies: Bob Dunsmore, 115-72-5 in 22 seasons as the football coach at Bolivar, died Sunday at the age of 81.

   Mich. shootout glitch: Two Michigan high school soccer teams were instructed to return to the pitch Tuesday after their state association determined over the weekend that game officials misapplied a rule and gave a victory to Troy Athens in the Division 1 quarterfinals.

   The Michigan High School Athletic Association ruled the game between Athens and Macomb Dakota must resume with the penalty-kick shootout tied at 3-3.

   A goal by Dakota was incorrectly scratched Friday when officials said the player had taken a shot out of order for his team. The MHSAA subsequently sided with Dakota, saying the rules don't require a particular order.

  

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  •    The correction was permissible because it was an MHSAA tournament policy that was misapplied, not a National Federation of State High Associations playing rule. Misapplication of NFHS playing rules cannot be changed after the fact, the MHSAA said.

       Attack on runner sparks outcry: Rochester police were in Syracuse on Monday to take a deposition from the mother of a 15-year-old boy with autism who was attacked Oct. 14 while running in a cross country race.

       Clarise Coleman said police contacted her to obtain a signed statement about the autism of her son, Chase Coleman, a Corcoran ninth-grader, to be used if police resubmit a warrant application to arrest the man who shoved Chase to the ground during a meet at Cobbs Hill Park in Rochester, an incident that has become a national story since first being reported by Syracuse.com over the weekend.

       She had previously expressed frustration that the 57-year-old suburban Rochester man who pushed her son was not charged with harassment. According to police statements taken shortly after the incident, the man admitted pushing Chase but said he thought the youth -- who was wearing his school's cross country uniform -- was going to mug his wife. Chase typically ran well behind other competitor in races and had apparently become lost during the Oct. 14 meet when he was accosted.

       Rochester City Court Judge Caroline Morrison initially denied a requested arrest warrant charging second-degree harassment, a violation with a maximum jail sentence of 15 days, pending a revised application.

       Mary Wilmot, a spokeswoman for the Monroe County District Attorney, said their office was not involved because no arrest was made. Wilmot referred questions to the judge.

       Rochester police reportedly have since sought to obtain a deposition from at least one of the two witnesses. Kris Van Metter, who lives in Washington, D.C., said he received a call from a Rochester police investigator.

       On Tuesday, Rochester police offered to send a cruiser to Syracuse to bring Chase to Rochester to run with police recruits to show support, Clarise Coleman said. Chase quit his team after the incident last month.


      
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