Leading off today:
Cornwall's Aisling Cuffe placed fourth in the girls race yesterday at the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals
in San Diego.
Cuffe, who was 12th a year ago, finished in 17:21.4. Senior Megan Goethals of Rochester (Mich.) High outleaned Chelsey Sveinsson of Dallas (Texas) Greenhill High at the finish to win the race. Both were timed in 17:07 over five kilometers in the closest race in 31-year history of the event.
Junior Colleen Schmidt of Holy Trinity was 27th in 18:18, and sophomore Lauren Mullins of Johnson City placed 32nd in 18:30.
Lukas Verzbicas of Carl Sandburg High in Orland Hills, Ill., became the first sophomore to win the boys race, finishing in 15:08 to easily outpace the field. Verzbicas took the lead near the midway point and pulled away to a 15-second margin at the tape.
Ward Melville senior Quinn Raseman was 19th in 15:45.
Keep an eye on this: PSAL power Abraham Lincoln surrendered a late lead and saw its 30-game home winning streak against league competition end yesterday with an 83-81 setback to Paul Robeson on Jamel Noel’s layup just ahead of the buzzer.
Moments later, the parents of star guard Shaquille Stokes, a transfer from St. Patrick's in New Jersey last year, had a spat with Railsplitters coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton over their son’s benching in crunch time, The New York Post reported. The junior, who scored 33 points, was benched with just under 2:00 to play.
"People need to show (my son) respect, like we show them,” said Chervantes Stokes, the player's mother. "We’ve moved once and we’ll move again."
Lincoln held a 70-63 lead with 4:20 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Fallsburg guard arrested: Sophomore David Perkins, a major reason Fallsburg is off to a 2-0 start in boys basketball after going 0-20 last season, was arraigned Thursday on charges including one count of second-degree murder, The Times Herald-Record reported.
Perkins, a 16-year-old point guard, averaged 9.5 points in Fallsburg's first two games.
He is charged with the murder count, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon stemming from a June 23 incident, the paper reported.
"The guys are working hard in practice," coach Pete Dworetsky said, "and looking forward to playing Sullivan West on Monday. Other than that, I really don't have much to say about what happened."
Rolling right along: Taran Buie hasn't skipped a beat in his new surroundings.
Buie was a second-team all-state guard for Bishop Maginn last basketball season as a junior but transferred to State College, Pa., High over the summer, just down the street from Penn State, where he'll play next year.
He posted 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists Friday in a 66-36 victory over Philadelphia Electrical and Technology Charter to open the season. The Little Lions were missing two starters and three others whose football season has not ended yet.
Buie made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points during a 22-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters in front of a crowd that included Penn State star Talor