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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017: Ex-state champ fifth in PGA Tour event

   Leading off today: Former McQuaid star Dominic Bozzelli looks poised to become the next New York product to make it big in professional golf.

   Bozzelli, a NYSPHSAA champion for McQuaid in 2008 and '09, put together 64-67-69-71--271 this weekend to take fifth place in the PGA's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., and cash a check for $232,000.

   The 25-year-old Tour rookie turned pro after graduating from Auburn University in 2013.

   Before Bozzelli, the last golfer to win consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships was Tom Scherrer in 1988 and '89.

   Girls basketball: All-state guard Anndea Zeigler missed another game with an injured thumb, but Cardinal O'Hara still scored a 66-57 win over Jamesville-DeWitt in overtime on Saturday.

   O'Hara is the state's third-ranked Class AA team. J-D is ranked fifth in Class A.

   Cierra Harrison's buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped a rally from five points down in the final 19 seconds to force the OT. The Hawks scored eight of the first 11 points in the extra period to take control.

   Corean Dickson led O'Hara with 15 points. Kiara Johnson finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

   Boys basketball: Charles Pride (12 points overall) and Cooper Chaffee (10) scored four fourth-quarter points apiece to help Liverpool to a 54-51 win over Aquinas, ranked 12th in Class AA.

   The win avenged a 67-64 loss to the Little Irish on Dec. 27. The Warriors host No. 13 West Genesee on Tuesday.

   A record race: Rush-Henrietta senior Sammy Watson set a national high school indoor track record with a time of 1:28.61 in the girls 600 meters at Houghton College.

   Watson wasn't seriously challenged as she took down the mark of 1:28.78 from two years ago by Suffern's Kamryn McIntosh, was 1:28.78.

    • A two-time world age-group outdoor champion, Watson has made college recruiting visits to LSU, Southern Cal and Texas A&M. She told the Democrat and Chronicle she plans to visit two more schools and announce her choice "probably at the end of February."

   "That's not a definite," Watson said. "I'm not decided at all. It's the hardest decision of my life."

    • Sophie Ryan of Fayetteville-Manlius broke the Section 3 record in the 1,500 meters Friday at Utica College by finishing in 4:29.10. The junior broke Sage Hurta's mark of 4:29.65.

   Lew-Port coach dies: Lewiston-Porter cross country and track coach Gary Raby died Friday. He was 63 and had been diagnosed with cancer.

   Raby had coached cross country since 2005 and began coaching girls varsity track in 2007.

   "He convinced kids that if they worked hard they could meet their goals," Lew-Port girls track coach Mark Johnson said. "It didn't matter if you were a superstar, Gary would give you every ounce of energy he had to help make you better."

   Schedule adjustment: Niagara Falls' home basketball game against the Lockport boys has been moved from Feb. 15 to a 1:30 p.m. start this Saturday.

   The precautionary move is in response to a large fight the spilled from the lobby onto a nearby parking lot when the teams met Jan. 10 at Lockport.

   "Student-athletes from Lockport and Niagara Falls were not involved in the recent incident in Lockport, and I don't anticipate any problems," Niagara Falls Superintendent Mark Laurrie said in a statement. "But it makes sense to reschedule for the safety of all students from both schools."

   No easy answer: Mike Zacchio was at a girls basketball game between Bronxville and perennial power Irvington that he thought might be more competitive than it turned out. Once the first quarter ended with Irvington ahead 21-0, he knew he'd be writing a different story.

   Here's his column on dealing with blowouts from the perspective of both the winners and the team on the wrong end of a runaway score.

   Coming up: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Executive Committee meets Friday in Troy. I'll highlight a few key items that will be voted upon or discussed in blogs this week.

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