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Friday, Dec. 23, 2016: Former player of the year 'Boogie' leaves Michigan

   Leading off today: Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski, a consensus New York State girls basketball player of the year in 2015, is looking for a new college.

   University of Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico announced last week that the sophomore guard had been granted her release from the Wolverines program.

   "We appreciate everything that Boogie brought to our program, both on and off the court," Barnes Arico said i n a statement. "We wish her all the best in the future."

   Brozoski appeared in nine games this season, averaging 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 14.1 minutes per game. She played 43 games in her Michigan career.

   As a Long Island Lutheran senior, Brozoski swept player of the year awards from the New York State Sportswriters Association, Gatorade and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, which selected her the state's Miss Basketball.

   Boys basketball: Williamsville South standout Greg Dolan connected for 30 points Thursday to lead the No, 8 Billies to a 68-62 win over No. 23 Bishop Timon-St. Jude in action between state-ranked Class A teams. Dakota Wiley chipped in with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

   In Section 5 Class A, No. 15 Rochester East sailed past No. 22 Monroe 93-75 on the strength of Windell Lucas' triple-double: 30 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals. Zion Morrison added 32 points for the Eagles.

   In Class C, No. 16 Clyde-Savannah downed No. 10 Lyons 60-39 as Derek Chance scored 19 points and Dylan Ufholz bundled nine points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

   Boys hockey: St. Joe's scored three goals in less than a five-minute span in the first period en route to a 5-1 win over Williamsville North.

   Williamsville North is ranked second and St. Joe's 12th in Division I by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Goaltender Donovan Boshier made 28 saves and Nate Burke recorded three assists in the win.

   National recognition: Several Section 5 figures have reeled in national recognition recently.

   Penfield's Andrew Solomon was selected the country's girls volleyball coach of the year by MaxPreps.com following the Patriots' NYSPHSAA Class AA championship last month. Penfield went 50-0 and won 120 of 123 sets in Solomon's eighth season in charge.

   Victor's Jim Andre was named U.S. boys coach of the year by the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association. His Blue Devils went 22-0 last spring and repeated as state champion, winning Class A after capturing Class B in 2015. Andre is 69-13 record in four seasons.

   Denny Fries and Pete Shambo were honored at the 47th annual National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association conference in Nashville, Tenn.

  
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   Fries, the former Irondequoit AD and current executive director of the Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference, was inducted into the NIAAA's Hall of Fame. Shambo, the Section 5 president, was presented the NIAAA's Distinguished Service Award.

   Big, big money: With anxiety on the rise over the escalating cost of its new football stadium, Texas' Katy school district announced a naming rights deal last week with Academy Sports + Outdoors, a growing Houston-based sporting goods chain.

   And the numbers would be impressive for a whole bunch of small colleges, never mind a school district.

   Academy will pay an average of $250,000 a year for a decade for the naming rights to the district's student activities complex, the gem of which is a new 12,000-seat stadium being built for $72 million. According to USA Today, the Katy sponsorship compares to the $250,000 a year the University of Akron recently secured from InfoCision.

   District residents approved $58 million toward building the new stadium as part of a $748 million bond package in 2014 to build new schools in the rapidly growing region. The school district has more students -- 73,000 -- than most New York cities or towns have total residents.


  
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