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Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010: Jamestown edges Newark in double overtime
   Leading off today: Jaysean Paige's 3-pointer with a minute left in the second OT was the deciding margin for Class AA No. 14 Jamestown as it stayed perfect with a 60-59 win over Class A No. 8 Newark in the final of the United Way Tournament last night in Jamestown.

   Newark missed a shot at the buzzer before a capacity crowd at the tournament, which had been rescheduled due to a December snow storm.

   "It was an epic game, we had a full house, it was loudest it's ever been," Jamestown coach Ben Drake told The Buffalo News. "It was probably the greatest game I've been involved in."

   Jamestown's Carlos Rivera led the way with 28 points and eight rebounds, and Fletcher Larson added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Newark's Javon McCrea scored 17 points.

   In the consolation, Kevin McElrath scored 22 points as Class D No. 3 Maple Grove beat Fredonia 60-46.

   Suffern skaters win: John Redgate skated onto a loose puck and fed junior forward Mike Gorton for a goal 2:40 into overtime, giving No. 4 Suffern a 5-4 victory over No. 3 Mamaroneck in a clash of state-ranked Division I hockey rivals from Section 1.

   Mamaroneck, the two-time defending sectional champ, had rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period. Suffern won three straight sectional championships from 2005-07. The teams will meet again Feb. 5.

   "You get 200 or 300 screaming high school kids. You get all the parents. You get the press. Everything that makes you want to play well is there," Mamaroneck forward Joe Naclerio told The Journal News.

   More hockey: Nino DiPasquale and Scott Edwards scored for No. 6 Pittsford in a 2-0 triumph over No. 7 Gates Chili in Division I action in Section 5.

In the final of the Skaneateles Tournament, Alex Haan had two goals and goaltender Matt Weinberg posted the shutout as Williamsville South stunned the hosts 3-0. Skaneateles is ranked No. 2 in the state in Division II.

   Michael Iulianello put up five goals and two assists as Division II No. 1 Webster Thomas downed Webster Schroeder 8-5 to improve to 11-0.

   Ryan Michael had two goals and an assist for No. 1 West Genesee in a 5-2 triumph over No. 9 Oswego as a pair of Section 3 opponents squared off.

   Eastern States wrestling: Rocky Point and Johnson City each walked away with a pair of individual champions in a quality field at the Eastern States Wrestling Classic at Sullivan County Community College.

   Stephen Dutton (140 pounds) and Anthony Volpe (160) triumphed for Rocky Point. Johnson City's Sean McCormick and Lance Moore won at 112 and 285 pounds, respectively, in a meet attracting competitors from 74 schools in four states.

   Greene senior Tyler Beckwith (171), the reigning Division II state champion and three-time sectional champion, gave Section 4 a third champ at the meet by posting a pin, three lopsided decisions and then a 4-0 victory over Billy Coggins of Rocky Point.

   In an anticipated clash, Andrew Lenzi of Fordham Prep topped Valley Central's Cody Ruggirello 6-5 in the 135-pound final. The Penn recruit was named the meet's top performer after edging Ruggirello, who has a 254-19 career record that includes 24 pints during a 35-1 start this winter.

   Hauppauge won the team title with 162½ points.

   Girls basketball: Junior guard Bria Smith scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half as Christ The King picked up a quality win with a 65-57 victory over Mary Louis in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I action.

   The Royals broke to a 13-3 lead to improve to 7-3 and hand the Penguins their first league loss.

   "It was excellent defense in the first half," CTK coach Bob Mackey told The New York Post. "In the second half, we took a little bit of a vacation. We played 20 minutes."

   Indoor track: Emily Lipari of Roslyn finished in 4:54.76 to fend off Cornwall's Aisling Cuffe in the girls invitational mile at the 16th Hispanic Games at the New York Armory. The times are the fastest in the country this season.

   Despite running out of lane 1 for the first 150 meters, Patrick Farmer of St Anthony's roared to victory in the 400 meters in :48.20. Chamique Francis of Cardozo won the girls 400 in :55.69. Both are national leaders.

   Suffern star Jen Clayton won the girls long jump in 20-5.75 to climb to No. 9 all-time on the U.S. scholastic list, and Oneil Sandiford of Paul Robeson took over the national season lead in the high jump at 6-10.

   The two-day event attracted an estimated 5,000 athletes from eight states.

   At the Dartmouth Relays, Lancaster senior Melissa Kurzdorfer scored double, throwing 47-5 in the shot and a meet-record 55-7 in the weight throw.

   The Shenendehowa girls rolled to wins in the distance medley relay (12:25.62) and sprint medley (4:15.13) on Friday, and then sophomore Lizzie Predmore returned Saturday to win the 2 miles in 10:36.89, taking over the national season lead.

   DePoalo ready to return: Carm DePoalo is expected to be appointed football coach at Scotia-Glenville tomorrow, and he faces at least as challenging a rebuilding process as the last job he took on.

   His hiring is pending approval at a school board meeting.

   "I'm excited about the opportunity," DePoalo told FOX 23 TV. "I moved to Scotia and really love being involved in my community."

   DePoalo went 5-4 and 8-2 in two seasons at Schenectady -- the school's first winning seasons since being formed by a 1992 merger -- and stepped down before the 2009 season.

   Scotia-Glenville is coming off four consecutive one- or two-win seasons and is just 11-52 since a 5-4 mark in 2002. The team hasn't won more than six games in a season since going 8-2 in 1993.

   More decade fodder: Add a couple of more excellent retrospectives to the file of "best of the decade" pieces worth checking out.

   Former Newsday reporter Jason Molinet did a thoughtful compilation of the region's sports figures of the decade for Long Island Pulse magazine.

   He hit a home run right out of the gate by acknowledging Louis Acompora, the Northport High freshman lacrosse goalie who died March 25, 2000, after being struck in the chest by a ball. He could have been revived had there been an automated external defibrillator available, and his parents have done a tremendous job of raising awareness of the need for AEDs.

   It was also nice to see a tip of the cap to St. Anthony's AD Don Buckley, who has guided the school to the top of mountain in New York scholastic sports and also taken on several statewide duties. We often get caught up in coaches and athletes, forgetting the key people behind the scenes.

   And Pete Tobey at The Post-Star in Glens Falls put together the definitive football all-star team from his paper's coverage area. Even though only first-team selections from the past were eligible, it was still a huge undertaking during a hectic time of the year.

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