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  • A 16-year-old football player has died following a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred in a varsity football game on Friday.

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    Damon Janes, Brocton

    Damon Janes, a junior at Westfield/Brocton (N.Y.) High School, died Monday afternoon at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He reportedly lost consciousness in the third quarter following the collision in a game at Portville. Janes was a running back and defensive back.

    Since the incident, friends, families and strangers have reached out to the Brocton community and the Janes family. Green, blue and white ribbons were wrapped around trees near the school. Well wishers left messages throughout Twitter feeds under #PrayForDamon. More than 8,300 "likes" have been clicked upon in support of Janes.

    In a statement, the boy's parents expressed their "gratitude to those who have supported and prayed for Damon and his family.”

    There have been 25 fatal injuries to American high school football players between 2003 and 2013, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina. About 1.1 million teens played high school football in the United States in 2012, according to the same report, and approximately 4.2 million played the sport that year from the youth to NFL level.
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    Apple Valley (Minn.) star Mark Hall won a Cadet national title over the weekend.

    The 24th annual National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., drew a record 2,777 participants, according to Bobby Ferraro Jr., director for the sponsoring National High School Coaches Association.

    Ferraro told MaxPreps, "We had virtually every college represented there and we did a lot of clinics. Unfortunately, I care more about the college coaches having to choose where to go (referring to two other major tournaments going on at the same time). We're trying to help kids get scholarships."

    If there was a star in such a huge field, it had to be B.j. Clagon from Toms River South (N.J.). He defeated Justin Arthur of Huntington (W. Va.) 10-6 to win the 145-pound title and become just the third four-time champion in the history of the event.

    Named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Junior event was 138-pound champion Renaldo Rodriguez of Cheektowaga (N.Y.).

    Corbin Allen, the 145-pound winner from Hanover, Va., was named MOW in the sophomore class, while freshman honors went to 113-pound champion Kyle Norstrem of Brandon, Fla.

    Team champions were: Senior - New Jersey with 191 points; Junior - New York with 154.5 points; Sophomore - New Jersey with 136 points; and Freshman - New York with 208.5 points.

    * The Cliff Keen/USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals were held in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Thirty-two individual champions were crowned in the Cadet and Junior Divisions, but no Most Outstanding Wrestler awards were made. The meet drew approximately 2,500 entries.

    In the Junior Division, Clayton Ream and Adam Coon were the lone wrestlers who successfully defended their titles, according to Jason Bryant, editor of Amateur Wrestling News.

    Coon, a four-time state champion from Fowlerville (Mich.), uphleld his ranking as the nation's No. 1 heavyweight. Ream, who is from Holt (Wentzville, Mo.), captured the title at 152 pounds.

    Sensational freshman Aaron Pico from St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) went 6-0 and picked up bonus points in every round to win the title at 138 pounds. He is ranked No. 1 in the country at 132 pounds.

    Among the impressive winners in the Cadet Division was three-time state champion Mark Hall from Apple Valley (Minn.),  who captured the championship at 160 pounds.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers, a team consisting primarily of players from California, continued to win close games during the third and fourth days of the Area Code Games held in Long Beach.

    Milwaukee edged the A's despite not getting a hit until the final inning on Wednesday. It also pulled out a seventh-inning win over last year's unbeatens, the Kansas City Royals.

    Following is a look at the scores from Tuesday and Wednesday's action.


    Reds 4, Athletics 3
    Michael Hoard homered for the Reds in their win over the Athletics, who suffered their first loss of the Area Code Games on Tuesday. Marcus Doi also had an RBI basehit for the winners. Kyle Czaplak drove in a run with a double and Francis Christy plated a pair with a two-bagger to account for the A's runs.
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    Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo

    White Sox 10, Yankees 4
    Trey Ball pitched well for the second straight outing for the White Sox after losing a close one to the Brewers on Monday. He also shined at the plate with a pair of hits. Kyle Devin had a two-run single to pace the Yankee offense.

    Rangers 6, Nationals 4
    The Rangers keep hitting the long ball as Garrett Luna belted one out to put the Texas team ahead of the Nationals in the fifth.

    Brewers 5, Royals 4
    The Brewers won another close one thanks to strong pitching. This time Stephen Gonsalves threw a pair of shutout innings. Alex JacksonSeaver Whalen also drove in the winning run in the seventh after the Royals had tied the game in the top of the inning on a single by Seaver Whalen.


    Brewers 3, Athletics 2
    The Brewers continue to come through in the clutch, this time rallying for three runs in the seventh after failing to get a hit through six. Ryan McMahon had a single to break up the no-hitter and drive in two runs.

    Yankees 3, Royals 1
    The Royals continue to struggle as they lost a close one to the Yankees. Tyler Green and Joe Wainhouse each had basehits to spark a two-run rally for the Yankees. Pitcher Mark Armstrong also threw three shutout innings.

    White Sox 14, Nationals 11
    In the highest-scoring game of the tournament thus far, the White Sox blasted the Nationals 14-11 behind the play of Andrew Rosa, who went 3-for-3 with seven RBI. Jon Denney also had a three-run homer in the win.

    Reds 8, Nationals 4
    Michael Hoard had a two-run single to pace the Reds offense. The Nationals lost both of their outings on Wednesday.
  • Basketball is a bond shared by the families of Nick Schmidt and Luke Hennessy.

    However, the sport also will keep them apart today, providing a rare twist to March Madness.

    As reported by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Schmidt and Hennessy will be competing for Olean (N.Y.) in the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals Friday night, but they won't have two of their biggest supporters in the stands.

    That's because Schmidt's dad, Mark Schmidt, and Hennessy's stepfather, Jim Crowley, have some important basketball matters to attend to of their own - the NCAA tournament.

    Schmidt is the head men's basketball coach at St. Bonaventure, and the 14th-seeded Bonnies are in Nashville, Tenn., to meet No. 3 Florida State today. Meanwhile, the St. Bonaventure women's team is guided by Crowley. The Bonnies play in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday in their tournament opener.

    "It's difficult, it's part of this crazy business that I'm in," Mark Schmidt told the newspaper. "My wife is staying home. He'll be in my thoughts."

    The boys know the situation isn't ideal, but they seemingly understand.

    "He's still in my head, when I'm playing basketball every day, so I know ... he looks out for me," Nick Schmidt told the newspaper.

    Said Hennessy: "I feel like I have a lot of things to do. I've got to get ready for my game, I've got to watch the guys game, watch the girls game, a lot of things to do now."
  • We are guessing Ryan Whelpley of Archbishop Walsh (Olean, N.Y.) and Randolph (N.Y.) standout Marah Maycock didn't mind sharing the spotlight Wednesday night in the Empire State.

    That's because both eclipsed the 2,000-point career scoring threshold on the same evening, both wins for their respective teams.

    Whelpley, a 6-foot-3 forward, poured in 27 points to go along with 19 rebounds, pushing his career point total to 2,021. A varsity performer since he was an eighth-grader, Whelpley now is No. 15 all-time in state history, according to the Buffalo News. He is averaging 20.6 points and 14 rebounds an outing, according to statistics posted on MaxPreps.

    "A lot of kids pick and choose when they want to play hard," Walsh coach Andy Moore told the newspaper. "He's got a great motor and he plays hard all the time."

    Not to be outdone, Maycock tallied 24 points to end the night at 2,013 career points. The 5-9 guard did not play in the fourth quarter of Randolph's blowout win. Maycock is averaging 20.4 points and 5.4 assists this season for the Cardinals, based on statistics reported to MaxPreps.

    "She's just hard to guard sometimes," Randolph coach Shawn Huntington told the Buffalo News. "She's a good slasher, goes to the basket, can shoot the 3, she's tough and smart, and I'm just happy for her that she's made this milestone."