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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017: Plattsburgh skates past NEC with late goal

   Leading off today: Tyler Reid scored with 32 seconds left to give Plattsburgh a 4-3 win over Northeastern Clinton in the Section 7 hockey semifinals Thursday.

   Northeastern Clinton battled back from a two-goal deficit to take the lead on a Brady LaFountain goal with 5:27 left in the third period. But Paul Fine-Lease tied the score again 19 seconds later.

   "We had the momentum going into the third period and lost it pretty quick," Fine-Lease said. "We got it back with the power-play goal tying it up."

   That led to Reid's game-winner in the final minute, assisted by Fine-Lease and Casey Halloran.

   Plattsburgh, ranked seventh in Division II by the New York State Sportswriters Association, heads to the final vs. No. 13 Beekmantown, a 3-2 winner over Lake Placid. Josh McCauley tallied twice for the Eagles.

   More hockey: Junior Jonathan Newcombe deflected home a shot from the point by Jordan Falk with 35 seconds left in the third period to give Fairport a 2-1 win over McQuaid in the Section 5 Class A semifinals.

   Newcombe assisted on Fairport's other goal, scored by Mason Eichmann on the power play in the first period.

   The game ended the career of Section 5 coaching wins career leader Al Vyverberg, 62, who went 410-244-45 in two stints and 30 seasons at McQuaid.

   Girls basketball: Panama defeated Sherman 60-44 in the Section 6 Class D tournament. The loss ends the coaching career of Mel Swanson, who led Sherman to 607 wins during his tenure.

   Industry news: Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea has been named interim sports editor at The Buffalo News following the announcement that Lisa Wilson, the executive sports editor the last six years, is leaving to become senior editor for sports at ESPN's The Undefeated.

   Wilson is the nation's only black female sports editor at a major metropolitan daily.

   "I am excited beyond words about this opportunity but so sad to be leaving an amazing group at The News," Wilson said. "I will miss The News sports crew and the wonderful people at The News, who after 18½ years are more like family than colleagues."

   Money talk: I'm always skeptical when it comes to financial guesstimates from government and quasi-government agencies, so take this item for what it's worth:

   The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau says this weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling tournament at the Times Union Center will bring more than $1.3 million in spending to the area.

   The ACCVB says the tournament generates more than 1,500 contracted room nights at area hotels. Using calculations developed by the Destination Marketing Association International, tourism officials figure visitors will drop almost $800,000 at hotels, the arena and related businesses as well as more than half a million dollars at restaurants, gas stations, etc.

   The ACCVB estimates Albany County will reap $70,063 in local tax revenue.

   Poorly handled: The changing of the guard in a high-profile New Jersey football program has raised some eyebrows.

   Don Bosco Prep has been scrambling since last week,

  


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when it executed what NorthJersey.com characterized as a "bungled ouster" of coach Greg Toal packaged as a retirement after 17 seasons. It was followed immediately by the announcement that former quarterback Mike Teel would be taking the helm.

   Here's all you need to know about skepticism over the alleged retirement, as noted by columnist Tara Sullivan:

   "[S]uffice it to say when a man who has coached his players to two national championships, nine state championships, countless college scholarships and bottomless depth of relationships doesn't show up at his own retirement press conference, there's something rotten in the state of New Jersey. When that coach already has a lawyer, and neither he nor said lawyer, Barry Guaglardi, has anything but "no comment" to issue on Monday, there's something ugly in the town of Ramsey. When multiple coaches reached by phone Monday declined to say anything on the record but were unanimous in the opinion that Toal was fired by an administration and board who have wanted him out for years and are trying to cover their power move by selling it as a retirement, there's something sad in the halls of Don Bosco."

   Ouch.

   The school finally broke its silence yesterday with a letter from President/Director Father Jim Heuser to the Bosco community in which he cited unspecified issues "in the last few years" as the reason for the move.

   Heuser said school officials believed Toal had agreed to step down but then reversed his decision.

   Toal has not commented publicly since the school's announcement.


  
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