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Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017: McQuaid knocks off Penfield in hockey marathon

   Leading off today: Brennan Brown scored the deciding goal on the final shootout attempt as McQuaid pulled off a 2-1 upset of Penfield in the Section 5 Class A hockey quarterfinals Friday.

   The teams were tied at 1-1 after regulation and then went through 30 scoreless overtime minutes before the best-of-three shootout. McQuaid's Connor Pulli (50 saves) stopped the Patriots' first two shots to set up Brown's heroics.

   Penfield is ranked seventh in the most recent NYSSWA Division I ratings. (Full ratings here.)

   Lindsay Browning, stopped 46 shots for Penfield.

    • Mitch Rydzynski scored the winning goal 2:30 into overtime to lift 10th-ranked Victor over Hilton 4-3 in another Section 5 quarterfinal. The Blue Devils' Brendan Manning tied the game with :17 left in regulation.

   Boys basketball: Josh Newman scored a school-record 47 points as South Lewis downed Westmoreland 82-59 in a Section 3 Class C opener. Newman added 17 rebounds and eight blocks for the Falcons.

    • Raishun Richardson scored 28 points and Ben Peluso made the winning 3-pointer for Carthage as time expired in overtime for a 66-65 triumph against Syracuse Fowler in Class A.

    • Jordan Fox's 3-pointer gave St. Peter's the lead with :53 to play in a 68-65 victory over Curtis for the Staten Island High School League tournament title. Fox finished with 15 points.

   Sophomore Chris Ledlum made a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to wrap up the win at Wagner College.

   Girls basketball: Citing injuries and illness, LaFargeville is forfeiting Saturday's scheduled Section 3 Class D game, advancing Brookfield to the quarterfinals.

   Court is in session: There were two very interesting decisions handed down in other states in the past couple of days:

    • A New Jersey judge reversed his initial ruling and decided that a Catholic school girl can play on her school's boys basketball team. Superior Court Judge Donald A. Kessler said Sydney Phillips must be allowed to join the Kenilworth (N.J.) St. Theresa's eighth-grade squad in time for its final regular-season contest and the playoffs.

   Phillips and her sister were expelled from the school Feb. 1 after their parents sued. The judge stayed that action pending a court hearing, and Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, head of the Archdiocese of Newark, subsequently reversed the decision to expel them.

   Kessler noted that two girls were allowed to play on the St. John the Apostle boys team after Tobin said the CYO rules were "unfair." The boys on the team voted not to play if the girls were no longer allowed on the team. The team was prevented from continuing its season, but Tobin also reversed that ruling and the team resumed play.

    • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association rejected an appeal Friday to reinstate eight De Pere School District wrestlers to the sectional tournament. The competitors were disqualified a day earlier after a review showed they had exceeded the maximum number of regular-season competitions.

   Two teammates that didn't exceed the 14-meet limit remain eligible to compete at Saturday's sectional meet.

   "We don't relish this," WIAA deputy director Wade Labecki said. "We don't feel good about going in and taking kids out at all. That's not good at all. But there are other kids who do move on, too."

   The eligibility question came to light two weeks ago when the school district self-reported a possible issue. The initial review by the WIAA concluded that the team and its wrestlers were within the limit, but further examination uncovered a previously undocumented meet.

   Alabama in the news: A Louisiana high school football coach was fired Friday, a day after alleging in a radio interview that University of Alabama coach Nick Saban engaged in unethical recruiting practices.

   David Feaster, 59-17 as head coach at Parkway High in Louisiana, had said he was banning Saban from his campus but AD Waylon Bates intervened almost immediately.

   "Coach Feaster and I do not share the same philosophy or vision for Parkway High School athletics," Bates told the The Shreveport Times.

   Feaster's grudge against Saban goes back to 2014 over ambiguity as to whether then-quarterback Brandon Harris was being offered a scholarship or merely invited to a summer camp so that Crimson Tide coaches could further evaluate him. Harris eventually signed with LSU.

    • A bill making in the Alabama state house proposes limiting high school coaching salaries to 75 percent of what the school principal earns.

   "Putting the cart before the horse and we want to make sure we put money into public education and athletics is important, but it is also secondary to the curriculum and teaching children," Rep. Craig Ford told WIAT-TV.

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