By John Schiano
Dan Webb resigned late last week as coach of the top-ranked boys ice hockey team at Greece Athena/Odyssey, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
The Greece Central School District gave no explanation of Webb's departure. District spokesperson Laurel Heiden said the search for a replacement has started. An unidentified assistant coach also resigned.
The Thunder, ranked No. 1 in Division 1 by the New York State Sportswriters Association, is 19-0. Webb was in his ninth season as coach. Odyssey AD Joshua Lacy said that the team will play Greece Arcadia/Olympia as scheduled on Tuesday. The regular season ends Saturday vs. Hilton.
The newspaper reported that Webb referred questions to the school district.
Boys Basketball: A memorable night for Jamesville-DeWitt
Jamesville-DeWitt posted a 107-55 rout of Chittenango on Friday that will be remembered for a long time around Central New York. First, the Red Rams’ 37th consecutive victory also happened to be No. 400 in the career of coach Bob McKenney. Brandon Triche led the way with 30 points.
More interestingly, McKenney went deep into his bench – very deep, in fact. He gave a uniform to 5-foot-7, 110-pound team manager Nathan Scholl-Hess. The senior, who has worked for J-D at every practice and game for six years, got on the floor briefly in the second and fourth quarters and responded by making two 3-point baskets.
McKenney was 145-99 at Milton, Vt., and is now 255-50 at J-D.
Basketball: Milestones all over the place
* Senior Megan Vasquez scored 28 points, including the 2,000th of her career, and had 10 rebounds as Calhoun beat Uniondale in overtime, 58-51. Vasquez scored 10 of Calhoun's 13 OT points to move to 2,007 for her career.
* Vernon-Verona-Sherrill rolled to a 68-32 victory over Camden on Friday to present Al Knapp with his record-breaking 521st victory. Knapp is a combined 521-182 in 32 seasons at Brookfield and V-V-S, moving him one victory ahead of Dave Powers on the Section III career list.
* Next on the list will be Tom Blackford. Fayetteville-Manlius edged Auburn, 66-59, to give him the 399th victory of his career at two schools. Blackford (399-205 at Hamilton and F-M) goes for No. 400 Tuesday vs. Syracuse Henninger.
* Mount Vernon rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to beat New Rochelle, 81-66, and avenge last week's loss to its Section I archrival. Sherrod Wright, arguably the most significant unsigned recruit in the state not named Lance Stephenson, scored 12 of his 31 points in each of the last two quarters and Mount Vernon held New Rochelle to 30 second-half points.
* Senior guard Korye Hollingsworth scored a career-high 44 points for Roosevelt in a 105-93 win over North Shore in Section VIII action. Hollingsworth, who shot 20-for-43, scored 30 points after the half to wipe out a 51-38 deficit. Chris Frey scored 37 points in the loss.
* Bishop Kearney’s boys, ranked No. 1 in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association, fought off shorthanded Lackawanna for a 59-58 victory in intersectional action. James Taylor scored 20 to lead Kearney, which plays at unbeaten Avon, ranked No. 1 in Class C, on Wednesday. Lackawanna played without starters Dwayne Bennett, Capone Smith and Jerrold Williams.
* Jerome Russell’s pull-up jumper from the right wing with seven seconds to go pulled out a 55-54 victory for east Hampton against Amityville in Section XI action. Russell scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the state’s No. 19 Class A squad.
* Senior Devon Hornung scored a career-high 28 points, and point guard Natalie Cappola collected nine rebounds to go with 11 assists as the Buffalo Sacred Heart girls, ranked No. 1 in Class A, completed a regular-season sweep of No. 16 Nichols, 66-57, to improve to 18-0.
* Thousand Islands eighth-grader Kristin McGraw single-handedly outscored Sandy Creek, pouring in 17 points in a 45-16 victory in a Frontier League "C" Division girls semifinal.
Wrestling: Cheektowaga pair on the fast track
Jason Wartinger's school record for career wrestling wins – 168 against just 15 losses – at Cheektowaga had lasted since 1992, but he’ll be down to No. 3 in a matter of days.
Senior Clay Reeb (160 pounds) won four times over the weekend in tournament action to improve to 170-39. In addition, classmate Jared Messina (130 pounds) moved to within one win of Wartinger and also picked up the 100th pin of his career.
Soccer: No jail time for post-game punch
An Orange County judge spared Jasmin Crespi, 19, from jail time for punching another player in the face during post-game handshakes on a Cornwall soccer field in 2006, The Times-Herald Record reported.
"I think there are some rough edges that may need some probation supervision at this point," Judge Robert Freehill told Crespi, who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, on Dec. 18.
The case was watched very closely in sports circles because it was the closest instance in recent memory in which an action on the playing field led to a criminal case.
Crespi, who played for Walkill, was originally charged with felony assault for punching Ashley Thorpe of Cornwall in the face after the game. The charge was eventually downgraded to a misdemeanor after an appeal.
Crespi apologized in court and was sentenced to 300 hours of community service. She was also ordered to reimburse Thorpe's mother for a $175 health insurance co-payment and still faces a civil suit.
Football: Coaching changes
* John Pluta informed his players he is leaving after 20 seasons as head coach and 23 overall at Norwich in order to become an assistant coach for Terry Dow at Morrisville State.
* Highly regarded JV coach Bob Bates, 26, has been promoted to varsity coach at McQuaid, replacing Tom Zaccardo. Bates teaches health and physical education teacher at the school.
* Lindenhurst stayed in-house by going with Nick Lombardo, an assistant under recently retired Richie Biancaniello for 14 years. Lombardo was all-county at quarterback for Lindenhurst in the mid-1980s and teaches business at the high school. Veteran assistants Rich Rogers and Rick Caravaggio will remain on the staff.
John Schiano, who has written about high school sports in western and central New York for more than 25 years, covers New York for MaxPreps. He may be reached at email@example.com.