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Friday, Nov. 19, 2016: Guilty plea from man who shoved Corcoran runner

   Leading off today: The man who shoved an autistic Syracuse Corcoran cross country runner in Rochester last month pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of second-degree harassment, and a new charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

   Martin MacDonald, 57, was ordered to return to court on Jan. 17 for sentencing. The prosecutor is seeking three years of probation and a five-year order of protection, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   The child endangerment charge, a misdemeanor, to accompany the harassment charge, which is a violation, was a new development in the case stemming from additional information supplied by a witness.

   MacDonald and Chase Coleman, 15, encountered each other in Cobb's Hill Park on Oct. 14 as Coleman was attempting to finish a race. Coleman was lagging far behind the rest of the field of runners. Police reports showed that MacDonald claimed he thought Coleman was on drugs and mocking him when he pushed him. The shove was witnessed by two passers-by, both of whom described MacDonald as shouting, "Get out of here," to Coleman.

   Canisius wins: Canisius earned its fourth Monsignor Martin Athletic Association football title in five seasons by beating 2015 champ St. Francis 31-20.

   Senior running back RaeQwon Greer rushed 15 times for 143 yards and two touchdowns and also made an interception that led to a field goal. St. Francis junior running back Dylan McDuffie had 33 carries for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

   Canisius will play for the state CHSAA championship the first weekend of December vs. either Archbishop Stepinac or Cardinal Hayes at a downstate venue.

   Long Island football: The first night of Long Island sectional finals brought us a pair of upsets.

   In Section 11 Division 3, East Islip quarterback Kyle Fleitman rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another during a 42-35 win over Sayville, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Fleitman rushed for 240 yards on 27 carries for East Islip, ranked 17th in Class AA. He added an interception on defense.

   In Section 8 Conference 1, No. 12 Freeport got a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD from Jaelin Hood on the opening play to launch a 53-28 win over No. 3 Farmingdale.

   But Hood was by no means done. He also returned a second-quarter kick 79 yards for another touchdown that increased the lead to 27-7.

   Hood also had a short TD reception.

   Departing: Football coaches taking to social media this week to announce their resignations included Sleepy Hollow's Steve Borys and Dryden's Ralph Boettger.

   More football: Here's the week's schedule for ranked teams.

   Following up: The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association reinstated Wayne Hills to the state football playoffs Tuesday after several hours of testimony, cross-examination and evidence on the residency issue surrounding the family of three players.

   The Patriots will remain the No. 1 seeded team in the North 1, Group 4 playoffs after the athletes in question were determined to be "bona fide" students in the aftermath of a transfer from a private school last year.

    • Defending Alabama Class 2A state football champion Elba won a playoff game Monday played only after the Alabama Supreme Court cleared the way for kickoff.

   The Tigers defeated Samson 48-20 in a second-round game hours after the justices upheld a decision by the state association to remove Washington County from the tournament after ruling it used an ineligible running back in an earlier game.


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  •    Reprieve in Section 3: A month after a surprising ultimatum by the school board, Westhill AD Jennie Smarrelli appears to have some job security that supporters have said is well deserved.

       Following a recommendation by Superintendent Casey Barduhn, the school board voted 5-0 last week to grant tenure to Smarrelli effective next July 1. The vote followed a two-hour executive session in the special meeting, reported.

       Smarrelli, who was hired in July 2014 and also serves as assistant principal at Onondaga Hill Middle School, will receive tenure in both positions.

       More than 200 people packed a school board meeting Oct. 11 to support Smarrelli, who apparently had been asked to resign or face not being granted tenure next summer over a decision not to renew the contract of a girls junior varsity lacrosse coach.

       Looking ahead: It's a big weekend with NYSPHSAA state football semifinals, Long Island sectional football finals, and the NYSPHSAA volleyball and swimming championships among the events on the schedule.

       In addition, has a preview of the annual Federation cross country meet.

       That's all for now: I'm going to use the afternoon to finish making space in the garage, just in case that first blast of winter really does materialize in the Rochester area on Sunday night.

       I'm also trying to carve out some time to update you on an ongoing eligibility question, which was recently (and rightfully, for now) kicked back from State Supreme Court to the New York State Education Department.

       As they say in the world of Facebook statuses, it's complicated.

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