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Friday, Feb. 3, 2017: Glens Falls sisters reach 1,000 points in same game

   Leading off today: Sisters Lucy and Sophie Tougas reached 1,000 points apiece for their careers Thursday in Glens Falls' girls basketball victory.

   Lucy Tougas, a senior point guard, scored 22 points in the first quarter in a 58-37 victory over Queensbury. Her put-back basket with 1:25 left in the first quarter put her over 1,000.

   Sophie Tougas, a sophomore, made a 3-pointer with :17.6 left in the first quarter to reach the milestone. She finished with 12 points in the game.

   "It's really special that I got to do it in the same game as my sister -- that made it 10 times better," Lucy Tougas told The Post-Star. "Our whole team came together for it, it was really cool."

   Glens Falls, ranked fifth in the state in Class B, improved to 15-2. (Full rankings here.)

   Speaking of big, round numbers: Julia Mings' fifth goal of the game gave her 100 for her girls ice hockey career. The senior's milestone moment came in Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home's 10-4 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew in the Section 6 quarterfinals.

   Boys hockey: Sixth-rated Brockport dominated No. 3 Webster Thomas 7-0 in a matchup of ranked Division II teams from Section 5. Koby Dussett put up two goals and two assists in support of a shutout in the nets by Liam Schreiner.

   Boys basketball: Jason Hawkes hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give Aquinas the lead en route to a 54-41 win over Williamsville South, ranked seventh in the state in Class A.

   Hawkes finished with 20 points, and Jalen Pickett contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds.

    • Ninth-ranked Clyde-Savannah defeated No. 19 Lyons 61-45 in Class C action behind Dru Carnevale's 18 points. Dylan Ufholz added 15 points and 14 rebounds.

    • Derrick Stark scored 19 points to lead Elmira Notre Dame to a 71-45 win over Avoca, ranked seventh in Class D, in a non-leaguer. Gary Raupers scored 12 points, including nine in a 27-point second quarter that gave Notre Dame a 41-19 lead.

   Retiring: Jeff Cuilty coached his final dual meet as the Wallkill wrestling team posted a 66-12 win over Goshen. Cuilty, who'll retire at the end of his 37th season, has 432 wins in 624 duals.

   Cuilty isn't completely walking away from the sport at the end of the upcoming tournament season. He will remain as the Section 9 coordinator, a position he's held for 19 years. As the Times Herald-Record points out, Cuilty was the architect of a wildcard system adopted in the 2007-08 season to fill out the brackets of the state tournament with an average of four additional competitors per weight class.

   Football developments: Mechanicville interim coach Erik Smith recently announced via social media that he would not be retained for next season.    Smith guided the Red Raiders to a 7-3 record and a trip to the Section 2 Class C final. He was elevated to head coach during the first week of the season when Kevin Collins accepted a teaching position at Greenwich, where he is now also the athletic director.

   Smith does not work in the Mechanicville School District. Mechanicville Superintendent Dr. Michael McCarthy was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon, The Saratogian reported.

    • Andy DiDomenico, a 1992 Tappan Zee graduate hired by AD Liam Frawley in 2006 to rebuild a football program in disarray, has resigned to prepare for his impending marriage and focus on motivational programs geared toward team- and community building.

   Kevin Devaney Jr. tweeted the departure earlier this week.

   Andy DiDomenico, who was the school's fourth coach in four seasons when he was hired, told The Journal News he was torn.

   "There are a lot of pieces to it. There is the personal piece, but I feel like I've kind of been evolving over the past few years," he said. "I love football. I love the X's and O's. I love all the things we've done here to help us be competitive, but I saw myself gravitating to the off-the-field stuff, to the life lessons and the character building that we started with Liam as our north star."

   Trying something different: If you're on the wrong side of 50 years old (as is the case for me), you may remember the television commercials made by businessman Victor Kiam pitching a brand of electric razors made by Remington. His catchphrase was, "I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company."

   I had a somewhat similar experience last month -- though I typically don't have enough cash laying around to buy much beyond the weekly groceries, a frosty bever- age at the neighborhood gathering place and a lottery ticket or two.

   A friend gave me a SaveAround Local Coupon Book as a Christmas gift, and I found myself using the discount offers for local restaurants and stores (including numer- ous national chain retailers) almost immed- iately and frequently.

   By chance I noticed that SaveAround sells the books and several other products in communities across the state as a fundraiser in conjunction with sport boosters, school clubs and other organizations. Well, the light bulb clicked on over my head as I realized they're trying to team up with many of the same people who read this blog each day.

   An email led to a phone call, followed by more communication. As a result, we're now linking to SaveAround (look over to the right side of the page) as part of a collaboration. The New York State Sportswriters Association will get a small cut from SaveAround for products sold by organizations that sign up after clicking on the ad.

   If your sports team or school club is looking to try something other than candy or magazine sales, please give SaveAround a look.

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