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Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010: R-H quarterback Broyld commits to Syracuse
   Leading off today: Quarterback Ashton Broyld of NYSPHSAA Class AA champion Rush-Henrietta has committed to play football for Syracuse University, The Post-Standard reported last night.

   Broyld accepted a scholarship offer hours after his R-H basketball team lost to Jamesville-DeWitt 71-66 in the Peppino Tournament at Henninger.

   "It is the perfect place for me, my family situation and the Rochester area,” Broyld told the paper. "This is a big step for me. I wanted to go to a place where there is a positive vibe, and there is definitely a positive vibe at Syracuse. They’ve already got it back on track there. Now, let’s keep it rolling.”

   Broyld passed for 1,961 yards and ran for 1,540 as the Royal Comets went 13-0 and beat Troy in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final at the carrier Dome. He passed for 24 touchdowns and ran for 24 more.

   Despite his size and speed, Broyld was lightly recruited until late in the season. Syracuse and Rutgers recently offered, and fellow Big East member Louisville had shown interest for awhile. Broyld struggled in the classroom his first two years at Marshall High in Rochester before moving to Henrietta, where he has also taken summer courses the last two years.

   Broyld had been adamant that he wanted the chance to play quarterback in college, and the Orange staff apparently will give him that opportunity. If that doesn't pan out, his size (6-4, 235) and speed will translate to linebacker or strong safety.

   Reaching new heights: What a stunning weekend of work by Arlington senior Jordan Yamoah, who edged past a state record Friday and then completely blew that mark away today.

   Competing in the Jim Mitchell Invitational at The Armory, Yamoah cleared 16-6 on his first attempt, breaking the state indoor mark of 16-5&3189; by Casey DiCesare of Irvington. Today, the 5-foot-9, 145-pound vaulter returned to The Armory and became New York's first 17-foot vaulter -- indoors or out -- during the Section 1 Kickoff Meet.

   "I wasn't expecting to even attempt 17 feet this early in the season," Yamoah told The Poughkeepsie Journal.    Yamoah, whose outdoor best was 16-6 last spring, is on the rebound after surgery in August to repair a slight meniscus tear in his left knee. After three months of rehabilitation, he resumed practice in November.

   "I want to go for 18-plus this year," he said. "I'm all better now. My knee is fixed. Every height I cleared (Friday) night was all on one attempt."

   Speaking of big performances, Mel Mosley of Middletown won the 600 meters in the Bishop Loughlin Games in 1:18.96, the third-fastest time in New York State history and No. 8 all-time in the U.S. The state mark is 1:18.70 by Terrence Livingston of Great Neck South two years ago.

   J-D beats R-H: Junior forward Tyler Cavanaugh scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as three-time defending NYSPHSAA Class A champion Jamesville-DeWitt scored a 71-66 win over Rush-Henrietta in the Peppino Tournament at Henninger.

   Cavanaugh tacked on 10 rebounds and six assists for the Red Rams, and all-state junior center Dajuan Coleman had a team-high 22 points and 20 rebounds. Senior guard Davi Sacco made two free throws in the final minute after Rush-Henrietta had trimmed its deficit to two points.

   J-D is without senior guard Demetrius Mitchell, who suffered a broken foot in the opening minute of a win vs. Elmira Southside at the Carrier Dome last Sunday.

   More boys basketball: Christ The King coach Joe Arbitello really nailed it with his quote in The New York Post today as he discussed how the Royals frequently find themselves against revved-up opponents.

   “I could walk around with a sixth grade Miraculous Medal team with Christ The King uniforms on and teams are going to come out and try to destroy you,” Arbitello said. "There’s a lot of benefits to being Christ The King, but there’s a lot of negatives. If you don’t match the other team’s intensity, you’re in a lot of trouble.”

   He was speaking after CTK took a 77-62 loss to Christ School (N.C.) in the opening round of the City of Palms
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   The Greenies got to the basket at will, shooting 51/6 percent vs. CTK, the No. 4 team in the country according to USA Today.

   Girls basketball: Christ The King fell behind by 20 points in the third

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quarter and lost 74-68, to St. Mary’s (Calif.) yesterday at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. Virginia-bound guard Bria Smith scored 27 points, including a layup with :24 to play to cut the deficit to four.

   "Too late," Royals coach Bob Mackey told The New York Post. "We shouldn’t have dug ourselves that large a hole."

   Paschall goes home: Nazareth girls basketball coach Apache Paschall was released from New York Downtown hospital after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure four days earlier, The New York Post reported.

   Paschall will undergo additional tests Wednesday. It's unclear whether he'll be on the bench for Monday's game vs. Archbishop Molloy.

   Swimming: Matt Tanchick set a Mendon pool record of 1:58.30 in the 200-yard individual medley to help Pittsford over Shenendehowa 117-68 in a matchup of powerful swim programs.

   Tanchick also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.02. Both of his times were automatic qualifiers for the state meet.

   Empire State Games update: Rochester-area officials remain hopeful that they can salvage the 2011 Empire State Games, but time is running out.

   Rochester was scheduled to host the ESGs for the fourth time next July, but state officials abruptly canceled the event last month amid ongoing problems with the overall state budget. The Democrat and Chronicle reported Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks has asked the Monroe County Sports Commission and the ESG local organizing committee to assess options for generating $1 million in private funding.

   "Overall, we've determined that it is a steep hill to climb," county spokesman Noah Lebowitz said.

   Lake Placid plans to host the Empire State Winter Games for the 31st time this February despite the state budget cuts.

   Extra points: Tom Dowd of The Advance did a nice follow-up on the dismissal of Ben Sarullo after 30 seasons as football coach at Monsignor Farrell. It's quite obvious that school officials were concerned that the once-proud program has slipped to a 17-34 record over the last five seasons and were trying to fire Sarullo, 69, without having to come right out and say so.

   The idea of naming Sarullo as coach emeritus, purportedly to work with his replacement, was lame. That's the sort of deal that looks good on paper, but is totally implausible in the real world. How would you feel about working alongside your replacement in the office for a year, knowing full well that you were being pushed out the door?

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