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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017: CBA/J-D skaters lead parade of upsets

   Leading off today: Senior captain Ben McCreary scored three third-period goals Tuesday to lift Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt to a 3-2 upset of Skaneateles in boys hockey.

   Skaneateles is ranked second in the state in Division II by the New York State Sportswriters Association. (Full rankings here.)

   Skaneateles extended its lad to 2-0 with 10:05 to play. McCreary's struck for his first goal with 6:22 to go and tied the game with only 1:54 left. He knocked in the winner with :17 to play.

   "There was a lot of hockey left. We didn't panic or anything. We just kind of kept going; kept going hard," CBA/J-D coach Mike McKie told

   CBA/J-D goalie Peyton Bowler turned aside 40 shots.

   More hockey upsets: Sam Lambert scored off a rebound in front of the net with :05 left in regulation to lift No. 13 Victor past No. 4 Pittsford 4-3 in Division I action between Section 5 teams.

   Victor had led 3-1 before Zach Quinton scored for the Panthers with 3:30 left and Will Hernes knotted the score 90 seconds later.

    • In Division II, No. 9 Canandaigua defeated No. 3 Webster Thomas 4-1 behind two goals from Alex Burley and 23 saves from Noah Schwartz.

   Liverpool loses: Four weeks after a 27-point loss to Liverpool, Syracuse Henninger downed the state's 14th-ranked Class AA boys basketball team 55-47. Requan Porch scored 22 points as Henninger won its fifth straight game and ended the Warriors' nine-game winning streak.

   More boys basketball: Argyle senior Kobe Lufkin scored 47 points in three quarters of a 112-66 win over Fort Edward to move past Jimmer Fredette into second place on the Section 2 career scoring list. Lufkin shot 19-for-28 in raising his total to 2,422 points, 18 more than the former Glens Falls great.

    • Senior Cameron Giruzzi made two free throws with :01.7 left in overtime to give General Brown a 51-49 victory over South Jefferson, capping off a comeback from six points down with 3:00 left in the fourth quarter.

   After a 1-8 start, General Brown has no won nine straight games.

   Giruzzi scored 13 of his game-high 17 points after halftime.

   Coach's record falls: Payton Noeller broke Cato-Meridian's single-game scoring record during a 70-63 win over Port Byron in overtime. Noeller finished with 43 points to break the record of 41 points held by current Blue Devils coach Kate Modafferi.

   Cato-Meridian rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit.

   More girls basketball: Aquinas, ranked seventh in Class B, played without Kayla Jackson in a 65-36 loss to Class AA Fairport. Jackson, all-state last season as a sophomore, suffered a concussion in last week's 71-33 loss to Mercy, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   Jackson, who averages 21.9 points and 13.3 rebounds, is a University of Maryland-Baltimore County commit.

   Following up: With the signing period commencing this morning, some loyal readers scoured the list posted yesterday and have helped us expand the list of New York football seniors heading to FBS programs to 20. (See list here.)

   One particularly interesting commitment is that of Iroquois defensive tackle Nate Emer. I don't follow football recruiting as passionately as a lot of other observers, but I'd heard nothing about the all-state selection's status under someone passed along a link yesterday that showed him heading to Boston College.

   The story on that BC-specific recruiting site also answers the question, "What ever happened to Paul Pasqualoni?"

   Entire team benched: The Lake Placid boys hockey game is in the midst of a punishment that has the entire team sitting out three games following an unspecified incident, The Sun reported.

   School District Superintendent Dr. Roger Catania confirmed the punishment Monday. The three forfeits took place last week, and Catania said resumption of the season remains contingent upon completion of an "educational component."

   "We see this as an opportune moment for emphasizing character, teamwork, leadership, and cooperation," Catania said. "The boys have responded well, and I hope that this experience allows them to reflect on the many ways that teammates can lift each other up for the benefit of the entire team."

   Lake Placid is scheduled to play Saranac Lake on Friday as part of the Lake Placid Winter Carnival Tournament, facing either Shaker or Niagara Falls the following day.

   Investigation complete: The Monsignor Martin Athletic Association announced there won't be any discipline issued by the league in wake of Friday's post-game incident at St. Francis following the Red Raiders' basketball win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude, The Buffalo News reported.

   A worthwhile read: Newsday ran a profile over the weekend of Walt Whitman wrestler Terron Robinson, who lost both parents and a brother to cancer by the time he was 14. One of his brothers has been to prison and another is still there.

   The senior is on track to defend his NYSPHSAA wrestling title earned last year during a 44-1 season at 220 pounds.

   "There are people out there that still think I'm going to do bad like my brothers did," Robinson told the paper. "They see I'm separated from my family and they think I don't have anyone to tell me to chill out. But I do."

   You can read the full story here.

   More later: There's another backlog of blog fodder piling up, including reactions to the baseball pitch-count rule, possible legislation gutting youth football and a pending paradigm shift in Section 5 large-school basketball with the return of two injured standouts.

   I'll hopefully get to all that and more later Wednesday.

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