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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017: Maine-Endwell girls win third OT game in eight days

   Leading off today: Maine-Endwell's girls basketball team won in overtime Wednesday for the third straight game, defeating Corning 52-44 as Kyesha Talerico scored five of her 18 points in the extra session.

   Hailey Sinicki contributed M-E's other six points in OT after Corning's Sabrina Samuels hit a basket with eighth-tenths of a second left in regulation to tie the game.

   Last Wednesday, M-E went on a 14-1 run in overtime to beat Binghamton 64-51, with Talerico bagging 24 points and 13 rebounds. On Friday, Ashlynn McKnight scored nine of her 24 points in the second overtime to beat Vestal 72-64, with Talerico finishing the night with 28 points.

   More girls basketball: Nia Caver scored a school-record 40 points en route to a triple-double for Tapestry Charter in a 66-39 win over Niagara Catholic. Caver added 11 steals and 10 rebounds to go with five assists.

   Sec. 5 soccer coach dies: Mike Skivington, the Wheatland-Chili boys soccer coach the past 13 seasons died Wednesday at t,he age of 61 following a reoccurrence of brain cancer, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   His teams won Section 5 championships in 2006 and '08.

   "Just a great guy, he never wanted any accolades. It was always about his players," W-C assistant coach Steve Call told the paper. "It was about putting student-athletes in a position to succeed so they could enjoy some success."

   Ithaca AD departs: Jeff Manwaring has been named the interim AD for the Ithaca City School District following the abrupt departure of David Hanna on Tuesday.

   Hanna, who was hired in May, resigned effective immediately according to a document attached to the district's website. The reason for his resignation reads "personal" and school officials could not be reached for comment, The Ithaca Journal reported.

   Hanna arrived from Cornell University, where he was an assistant football coach for five seasons.

   Manwaring, who was also the interim AD before Hanna was hired, previously spent 26 years in Horseheads, eight in Elmira and several in Waverly.

   Coach steps down: Aquinas girls soccer coach Dan Shoniker retired last week after 13 seasons, and the Section 5 school is accepting applications for a replacement. His Little Irish earned a NYSPHSAA championship in 2006 and most recently reached the state semifinals in 2014.

   College shenanigans: Former Tottenville football star Gus Edwards, on schedule to graduate from the University of Miami this spring, is being foiled in his bid to transfer and play one more season in Division I, The New York Post reports.

   A source told the paper Edwards, who ran for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries in three seasons at Miami, is interested in Pittsburgh and Syracuse. But the Hurricanes athletic department is blocking the move because both those schools are on Miami's 2017 schedule.

   Second-year Miami coach Mark Richt, formerly at Georgia, has had a history of not interfering in similar transfer requests.

   Off to the races: It would take a monumental effort. but this weekend would seem to be the single best opportunity for Rush-Henrietta track star Sammy Watson to take her shot at the holy grail of the indoor sport's middle-distance records.

   The senior multi-time state champ is entered in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, where the field for the invitational 800 meters includes Marina Arzamasova, the 2015 world champion from Belarus.

   In 1974, Mary Decker ran the 800 in 2:01.8 in San Diego, and that U.S. high school record has endured. In fact, it's the longest lasting girls indoor record in any of the conventional events.

   Last weekend, Watson broke the national high school record in the 600 meters with a 1:28.67 performance. She went 2:05.11 in the 800 last season to set a state junior-class record indoors.

   More to come: I'm hoping to hear back from one more source to get my bearings on one item in particular, but I'll post a second blog late this afternoon to preview Friday's New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Committee meetings, which takes place Friday in Troy.

   Extra points: It's not really high school sports-related, but it is amusing: Rochester's pro soccer stadium (which does host numerous scholastic contests in the fall) has yet another new name.

   What opened as PAETEC Park in 2006, became Marina Auto Stadium in 2009, evolved in Sahlen's Stadium in 2011 and touted itself as Rhinos Stadium last year is now ... Capelli Sports Stadium. The apparel company was awarded naming rights this week.

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