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Wednesday, April 29, 2009: Corning East edges Ithaca in battle of lacrosse unbeatens
   Leading off today: Devin Grimaldi's goal with 10:34 to go closed out the scoring and gave Corning East an 8-7 victory yesterday in a confrontation between unbeaten Section 4 boys lacrosse teams.

   Grimaldi and Matt Tobia scored hat tricks for Corning East (10-0). The Trojans led 6-3 at halftime, but Ithaca (9-1) scored four goals in the third quarter to force a 7-7 tie. Riley Lasda scored three goals for the Little Red.

   Ithaca built a 14-4 advantage in faceoffs and outshot Corning East by 28-24.

   "They were very physical, and I don't mean that in a bad sense," Trojans coach Bob Streeten told The Star-Gazette. "We started the game with eight healthy midfielders and finished with about four and a half. In three of the quarters we held them to three goals. In the third quarter we got a little bit overpowered."

   Girls lacrosse: Makenzie Hommel scored a season-high 11 goals and added an assist to lift Ward Melville over Smithtown East, 24-14. Jenny Granger added four goals and two assists for the Patriots.

   How do you improve on perfection? I trust that Keio Academy has seen enough of Chelsea Lisikatos.

   The Haldane sophomore threw her first perfect game en route to a five-inning, 18-0 rout of Keio one day after throwing her third no-hitter of the season against the same opponent.

   "She had very good stuff,'' Haldane coach and Chelsea's father Nick Lisikatos told The Poughkeepsie Journal. "She moved the ball around and got ahead of everybody."

   Lisikatos struck out nine in the perfect game.

   Texas schedules on hold: The University Interscholastic League, which oversees high school sports in Texas, has shut down all interscholastic competition until at least May 11 because of the swine flu outbreak, the organization announced this morning.

   "The health and safety of our student activity participants is of the utmost importance," said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. "Taking every possible precaution to prevent the further spreading of this disease is an important contribution to the welfare of our great state, and altering the schedule of our events is a way to keep our participants safe."

   The move came down on the recommendation of Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

   The shutdown means that UIL regional track meets scheduled for this weekend will be canceled and the state

meet May 14-16 will be extended to a third day to accommodate extra rounds of semifinals that will be seeded according to the results of recent district meets.

   Baseball and softball are being shut down for two weeks, pushing the championship dates for the sports back to June 4-6 and June 10-13, respecively.

   The state golf and tennis tournaments were already scheduled for May 11 and are not affected.

   Hall of Fame class: Daryl "Moose" Johnston, who led Lewiston-Porter to Section 6 football championships in 1982 and ’83 before going on to Syracuse University and the Dallas Cowboys, will be among 10 people inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Aug. 6.

   The seventh annual induction ceremony will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid.

   The class also includes administrators Theodore A. Bondi (Section 5), Jack D. Jones (Sec. 4), Ronald A. Montalto (Sec. 9) and Bernie O’Brien (Sec. 8); coaches Gary Montalto (Arlington boys soccer), James A. Pinkerton (Ogdensburg football, baseball and volleyball), Howard C. Vogts (Bethpage football); girls basketball great Susan Wicks of Center Moriches and official Robert M. Garrow (Sec. 7).

   Staying home: Schools in the Central New York Counties League have decided that basketball cheerleaders will not travel to regular-season away games next season, WSYR-TV reported. Instead, they will perform at boys and girls basketball home games.

   Besides saving money on bus travel, the decision would seem to have the added benefit of fending off possible Title IX issues similar to what some Section 4 members ran into last year.

   Odds and ends: Schuylerville sophomore Sarah Palmer, the state indoor champ, tied the meet record yesterday at the 38th Schenectady Invitational by clearing 5-6 in the high jump. . . . The state Education Department has gave Buffalo Schools Superintendent James A. Williams a rap on the knuckles in the latest fallout in the Jayvonna Kincannon case, The Buffalo News reported. Williams allegedly told the school board in executive session that a McKinley High volunteer girls basketball assistant coach was a lesbian, an allegation that Kathy A. Ahearn, the state Education Department’s deputy commissioner for legal affairs, said appears "to have been gratuitous and, in any event, irrelevant to that individual’s professional performance, even if true. Moreover, if the superintendent and/or board had any real concerns about the safety of children under that individual’s charge, they were required to report it to the appropriate authorities. The fact that no report was made demonstrates either a serious omission on their part or likely confirms that the statement(s) were baseless speculation."

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