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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007: LaSalle's Terrell runs for 365 yards, seven TDs
   Leading off today: Marquis Terrell squeezed a month of work into 48 minutes last night as No. 17 Troy LaSalle beat Schenactady in a Class AA football contest, 61-37.

   The 165-pound junior tailback rushed for 365 yards and seven touchdowns for the Cadets. "I don't even want to see the film," Schenectady coach Carmen DePoalo told The Times Union.

   Terrell's work offset 26 carries for 146 yards and a TD by Schenectady's Marc Thompson. Terrell scored three second-quarter TDs for a 27-23 halftime lead and two more scores in the third quarter to make it 48-30. His scoring runs in the fourth quarter covered 40 and 90 yards to finally put the game away.

   Le Roy beats Cal-Mum: Le Roy, ranked third in Class C, used two long scoring drives in the first half to defeat No. 4 Caledonia-Mumford, 21-7.

   The Oatkan Knights' fourth straight win in Section 5's top small-school rivalry cuts Cal-Mum's series lead to 36-34-1.

   In other games of note:

  • In Class AA, No. 15 Orchard Park beat No. 23 Lancaster as Jeff Tundo rushed for 235 yards and two TDs.
  • No. 1 Monroe-Woodbury routed Newburgh Free, 45-10, to extend its Section 9 winning streak to 31 games. Sophomore QB Danny Scalo completed all seven of his throws for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for six times for 72 yards.
  • Senior Alex Hendrikson rushed 22 times for 250 yards and five touchdowns as Class C No. 10 Unatego overwhelmed No. 8 Lansing, 38-18. Lansing had been averaging 40 points per game.
  • Aquinas, ranked No. 1 in Class A, did not allow a first down during its 38-7, intersectional victory at Vestal.
  • Also in Class A, Fox Lane forced seven turnovers and took down No. 8 Ossining, 35-6. Mike Matthews was 10 of 16 for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Waverly, 18th in Class A, scored three touchdowns in the final 1:34 to knock off unbeaten Athens, Pa.
  • No. 5 Fordham Prep tripped up No. 25 St. Francis Prep, 24-14, in another Class A game. Quarterback Lawrence DeSimone scored the decisive TD on a winding and weaving 89-yard run in the second quarter.
  • East Rochester/Gananda junior Neal Dotterer was 27 of 39 for 441 yards to surpass his own Section V yardage record and beat Oakfield-Alabama 46-38 in a non-league game. ER/Gananda is No. 17 in Class B; O-A is No. 12 in Class C.
  • Hamburg beat Lake Shore, 61-36 as Dorian Myles ran 11 times for 323 yards and scoring plays of 28, 44, 56, 56 and 75 yards. Matt Thomas added 209 yards and three TDs on just seven carries.
   On the road: Ursuline won the girls 2A race at the 12th Disney Classic in Orlando, Fla. yesterday. Katie Sullivan repeated as the individual champ in 18:30, and Meghan Brown was next in 18:33.

   At Titusville, Fla., Pearl River's girls won the small-schools race in the Invitational. Individually, Cheslea Kushner was second in 19:51.

   Milestones: Arlington boys soccer coach Gary Montalto registered his 500th victory Thursday as the Admirals downed John Jay East Fishkill, 3-0.

   Arlington has won 10 straight games since dropping its opener. John Jay is ranked No. 1 in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association and 19th nationally by the NSCAA. Arlington is ranked 11th in the state.

   There are several other recent milestones to note:

  • Marathon field hockey coach Karen Funk won her 400th game on Thursday, an 8-0 verdict over Spencer-Van Etten. Funk, who started the Marathon program 34 years ago, is 400-129-42. Marathon has won 100 of its last 104 games.
  • Levittown Division's Steve Kissane recorded his 200th girls soccer win in a 2-0 decision against over Lawrence.
  • Tottenville's Jim Munson earned football victory No. 100 over the weekend by topping Dewitt Clinton
   Burnt Hills marches on: The Burnt Hills girls volleyball team has a 243-match winning streak in Suburban Council league matches. Only four current players were even born yet when the last loss took place early in the 1990 season, and the team hasn't lost so much as a single game within a league match in seven years.

   Since the streak began, Burnt Hills has won 12 Section 2 titles and three state championships. There have been six other trips to the NYSPHSAA final four.

   Meanwhile, Eden's streak of 107 boys volleyball victories over nine seasons against ECIC opponents came to a close on Tuesday at the hands of Maryvale.

   Eden graduated its top seven players from last season’s 32-0 team.

   Former coach charged: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrested former Somers JFK baseball coach William Menchen on Thursday on charges of sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful

imprisonment, reported.

   The alleged acts were committed against a 15-year-old Putnam County girl.

   Menchen formerly worked as a physical education teacher and varsity baseball coach at Somers JFK. Police said it was there that he befriended the girl during the 2005-2006 school year. He reportedly left the school in the summer of 2006 and took a job as a teacher’s assistant at Rye Neck.

   Menchen was charged with sexual abuse in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. He was arraigned and remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail.

   Football player shot: Fort Hamilton two-way lineman Christopher Williams, 15, was shot multiple times inside his Bedford-Stuyvesant housing project this week.

   Fort Hamilton coach Vincent Laino said Williams had his right leg amputated at the knee down due to the severity of the wounds. He remains hospitalized.

   "Chris is the type of kid you would love to be your son," Laino told The Daily News. "He's such a great kid. He had an 87 average. I've had teachers come to my office crying all week. We're praying for him."

   Alcohol infractions: Dozens of students, many of them athletes, are serving suspensions for drinking alcohol during parties in at least three different incidents in Erie County last weekend, The Buffalo News reported.

   A Grand Island birthday party last Saturday got out of hand, attracting at least 70 teens. The same night, 34 underage Lake Shore drinkers were at a house party in Evans, and eight Cheektowaga JFK students showed up drunk to the homecoming dance in Sloan.

   "The rules exist to protect and prevent rather than to punish," Grand Island Superintendent Robert W. Christmann told the newspaper. "We’re trying to give our students an opportunity to say no to their peers. It’s hard to do sometimes."

   Fifteen of the Evans house-party drinkers were Lake Shore cheerleaders, and athletes from other sports were also present. At Grand Island, 19 athletes were docked 20 percent of the fall season.

   At Cheektowaga JFK, an off-duty police officer who was providing security administered alcohol breath tests. Six athletes were given 30-day suspensions from extracurricular activities.

   Upon further review . . . No: Referee Tom Finan says he has reviewed Eldred's game tape and doesn't see enough evidence to change his mind. So the Times Herald-Record reports he's standing by his call Saturday that ruled Eldred's second extra point no good.

   The scoreboard operator, believing Finan called the kick a conversion, posted the score as 14-0. Finan later had the operator remove one point, and Chester went on to win 14-13. (Earlier story)

   NCAA changes rule: Cross country and track runners can no longer participate in the NCAA's early-signing period in mid-November, The Journal News noted this week.

   According to the National Letter of Intent web site, "the early signing period in track and field/cross county has been eliminated, effective immediately."

   This, of course, benefits college coaches far more than it does the athletes. With precious little scholasrhip money to hand out, the coaches can wait until the end of indoor track season before having to formally commit to scholarships.

   There will, of course, still be oral commitments made throughout the fall and winter. But those deals are non-binding, allowing either side to walk away until it's time to sign in April.

   Extra points: All of the Advance/Newhouse web sites, including those for The Post-Standard in Syracuse and Staten Island's The Advance, were offline this morning due to a technical glitch , a major embarrassment. . . . Put the rumors to rest for now. Brooklyn basketball star Lance Stephenson is not transferring out of Abraham Lincoln to attend a prep school, the junior star's father told The Daily News. A subscription web site has been spreading misinformation on the subject recently. . . . George Beamon, who played basketball for St. Dominic's last season, has transferred to Our Savior New American.

   Schalmont's Jessica Strang pushed her career total to 103 goals with four scoring shots in a 5-0 soccer win over Cohoes on Thursday. . . . In Section 3, Oppenheim-Ephratah has forfeited three boys soccer victories after discovering the team was using two fifth-year seniors. . . . White Plains has moved its home football games out of a city park over the municipality's concerns that portable bleachers without handrails were an insurance risk. The high school is undergoing a $7 million upgrade that includes the installation of an AstroTurf field and new bleachers this fall and winter.

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