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Canandaigua baseball’s run ends in Class A semifinals

The Braves were never really out of it, but they never quite got into it, either. And as coach Dale Werth points out, it’s not always the number of hits that matter in a baseball game. It’s the timing of them. In Friday evening’s Class A state semifinal game, the Queensbury Spartans had more timely hits and as a result,... more

Pal-Mac girls fall in state Class D semifinal

Victoria Ruffo scored five goals and Allie Berkery and Fiona Jones each netted a hat trick as Bronxville-I got its year-long wish to get another shot at a state championship. The Broncos, now 18-4, defeated Palmyra-Macedon 14-5 Friday in the Class D state semifinals at SUNY-Cortland. The Broncos, who fell in double-overtime in last year’s state championship, jumped out to... more

Avon tops Lansing in state semis despite pitching gem from Bell

Garrett Bell delivered his usual excellence on the mound Friday, but it wasn’t enough as Lansing’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Avon in a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C baseball semifinal at Binghamton’s Conlon Field. Bell, a junior right-hander, pitched a three-hitter for the Bobcats after tossing a five-hitter in a 3-1 win... more

Legendary Ithaca lacrosse coach Frank Welch retires

Frank graduated from IHS three years later, and he took his game to Ithaca College. After graduating from IC, Frank worked as an assistant coach for the Bombers before taking over the Little Red program. 43 years later, Welch has decided that the time has come to leave his coaching position. Welch told me, “I knew at the beginning of... more

Ruling on Red Creek basketball parent’s appeal against Section V expected 6/22

No decision was made Thursday regarding the case brought by a Red Creek parent challenging Section V’s lack of an appeals process for athletes who are ejected from games. But state Supreme Court Justice J. Scott Odorisi made it very clear he thinks the Hall of Justice is no place for high school sports. Odorisi said he will issue a... more

Big Blue wrecking crew: Victor athletic program becomes dominant force

Ron Whitcomb received some advice back in 1991 when he was deciding whether to leave his alma mater, East Rochester, to become the new athletic director at Victor Central Schools. “Take the job,” outgoing AD Jeffrey Crane told Whitcomb. “Victor is a sleeping giant.” Crane, West Irondequoit’s superintendent since 2003, couldn’t have been more right, and Whitcomb, now 63, plans... more

Penn Yan punches ticket to state finals after 2nd half rally

Someone has to get near the top in order to finish climbing a mountain, sometimes more than once. Penn Yan Academy, Section V’s dominant boys lacrosse team among the smallest schools, won its only state championship in 2001, despite the Mustangs often taking part in the race. This season is no different. The Mustangs earned another chance at another state... more

Victor boys lacrosse team rolls in state semifinals

There was a brief moment — and yes, it was brief, as in about 46 seconds in length — when the folks from East Syracuse-Minoa may have entertained the possibility that their Spartans could give powerhouse Victor a game Wednesday afternoon. Victor had raced out to a 6-0 lead through one quarter, but ES-M got off the deck and scored... more

Canandaigua’s Adam Scott drafted by Cleveland Indians

Canandaigua native Adam Scott became one of the newest members of the Cleveland Indians organization Tuesday after Scott was drafted in the fourth round by the Indians. Scott was taken 133rd overall out of Wofford College as a left-handed pitcher. He is listed as a left-handed specialist and projects as a middle reliever. The senior, listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds,... more

Section V boys golf repeats as state champion

Section V captured its second-straight team state championships Monday after the final round of the state tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University. Section V finished with a total two-day score of 1,064 (+70), seven strokes better than Section I, which finished at 1,071 (+77). Section V trailed by four strokes after Sunday’s first round but its... more

Hearing Thursday on lawsuit against Section V over Red Creek basketball player’s ejection

The final week of the high school sports season may bring some closure to a saga that started in late February when a Red Creek basketball player was ejected from a Section V Tournament game. Justice J. Scott Odorisi is scheduled to rule on a motion to dismiss “and other matters,” according to Section V attorney Robert G. Lamb, at... more

Penn Yan rallies, defeats Akron in OT in NYS Class D boys lacrosse quarterfinals

One of the reasons why Penn Yan coach Brian Hobart likes to play a tougher regular-season schedule is for the exact situation that arose Saturday morning at All High Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the state Class D boys’ lacrosse tournament. A surprisingly effective Akron team from Section VI ripped off a six-goal run in the first half and... more

Auburn’s Lindsay May places sixth at state golf tournament

Lindsay May’s attempt at a fourth state championship came up just short. The Auburn senior struggled with her short game but finished with a 77 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale Sunday. Combined with her 73 on Saturday, her two-day total of 150 earned her sixth place in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls golf tournament.... more

Victor overwhelms Hamburg 15-3 in Class B state lacrosse quarterfinals

It’s quite possible that Victor has had tougher practices this season than the state Class B boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal game it won Saturday afternoon at All High Stadium. The Blue Devils overwhelmed a completely overmatched Hamburg team 15-3 and advanced to the semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, which will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday. “Any team that gets out... more

Palmyra-Macedon girls reach state semifinals in girls lacrosse

Palmyra-Macedon girls have reached the state semifinals in girls lacrosse. The Red Raiders advanced to the state semis with a 17-3 win over Eden on Saturday at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. Jamie Walker had six goals and three assists and Emma Arnold added five goals and three assists. Anna Diakogiannis and Alea Javorowsky each scored two goals and Kayleigh Ground... more

Canandaigua wins Saturday to advance in baseball state playoffs

Michael Sculli threw his third-straight shutout Saturday to lead Canandaigua to a 4-0 win over Maryvale in the Class A Far West Regional at Orchard Park High School. Sculli threw a two-hitter with six strikeouts and also connected for a two-run home run in the fourth inning. “If you have a pitcher like him with that kind of stuff and... more

Victor reaches the Class AA baseball state semifinals with 3-1 win over Lancaster

There was another long ball hit by Chris Varone at Frontier Field, and this home run helped launch the Victor Blue Devils into the semifinals of the Class AA baseball state tournament. Varone’s second homer of the postseason at the home of the Rochester Red Wings sent the Blue Devils (19-5) to a 3-1 win over Lancaster (17-2) in a... more
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