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Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016: Victor, Canandaigua score early-season upsets

   Leading off today: The New York State Sportswriters Association unveiled the season's first set of 2016-17 boys hockey rankings early Tuesday evening. Hours later, we had our first indications that the rankings are going to look a bit different in Week 2.

   Lukas Miller, Mitch Rydzynski and Andrew Crean scored goals for Victor in a 3-1 win over Pittsford, the fourth-ranked team in Division I. Georgios Stathopoulos had 29 saves for the Blue Devils (4-2-1).

   Stathopoulos is a junior thrown into the starting role because Chayse Ierlan will miss the season for the two-time Section 5 Class B champs due to a knee injury. Ierlan's injury was diagnosed last month after playing through pain for a couple of months. He expects to be back for lacrosse season and has committed to Cornell in that sport.

   Meanwhile, there was a lesser surprise in Division II, where No. 12 Canandaigua edged third-ranked Webster Thomas 3-1 as Noah Schwartz turned back 24 shots.

   And Baldwinsville, ranked 14th in Division I, had to dig out of a two-goal hole in the second period to edge Fulton 3-2. Junior Zach Perez, playing his first game of the season, scored the tying goal and then the registered the game-winner on a power play with 16 seconds left.

   By the way, the hockey rankings can be viewed here.

   Milestone win: Arlington wrestling coach Fred Perry picked up his 400th victory Tuesday as the Admirals defeated Roy C. Ketcham 39-27 to reach the semifinals of the Section 1 Duals Championship.

   Perry is in his 35th season.

   More Sec. 1 wrestling: John Jay East Fishkill's Julianna Duva appears to be the first Section 1 female to win a significant tournament title. The 99-pound freshman prevailed 6-4 in overtime in the final of the Patriots' own tournament on Saturday.

   "Just hearing everybody screaming for me, it was amazing," Duva told The Journal News. "It was one of the best moments of my life."

   Duva has been wrestling since fourth grade. She also plays soccer and lacrosse.

   "When I first started, there were no girl wrestlers," she said. "At this tournament, there were four girls. I also do all-girls tournaments sometimes, and it's a growing community. I definitely think other girls have to cheer each other on and keep it growing. It's a great thing to see girls trying out this hard sport."

   Progress: The New York State Sportswriters Association posted its first set of boys basketball rankings Tuesday. Those statewide rankings as well as our New York City and Long Island regional ratings can be found each week on our rankings home page.

   Announcement pending: Poly Prep's Isaiah Wilson apparently will be making his college decision Friday.

   Wilson, a 6-foot-5 offensive tackle, was first-team all-state in Class AA football as a junior last season and is a consensus four-star recruit according to the major recruiting services.


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  •    Help   !   !   ! Having a laptop hard drive go belly-up over Memorial Day weekend proved to be a relatively minor inconvenience because most of my important files and folders were routinely backed up either through the cloud or in regularly scheduled processes.

       Well, I just found out that something important did slip through the cracks.

       We intend to start our weekly girls basketball rankings this coming weekend, so on Monday I was about to send a reminder to the regional advisers who assisted us last season. That's when I realized the I'd lost my updated list of names and email addresses.

       I'm going to try to rebuild the list by means of old emails tonight, but I know a few helpers departed and a couple of others came on board who might not show up on my radar.

       So if you'll be assisting girls basketball editors Ken Ricker (Classes AA, A and B) and Shawn Dack (C and D), beginning this weekend, please shoot the three of us a confirmation email in the next couple of days:

    • Ken --
    • Shawn --
    • Me --
       Coming up: We've received a pair of boys all-state team announcements -- soccer from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and cross country from Milesplit -- via email in the past 48 hours and will be posting them Thursday.

       Extra points: Eastridge has promoted offensive coordinator Jasson Jobson to head football coach. Chad Green resigned last month after going 72-29 with two Section 5 titles in 11 seasons.

       The Democrat and Chronicle also reported Tim Hill has resigned after 21 seasons at Greece Olympia and John Lockhart has stepped down at Greece Arcadia.

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