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MCC coach Parrinello wins reinstatement

April 2, 2019 -- Monroe Community College women's basketball coach Tim Parrinello has won reinstatement from arbitrators who found that there was no reason to remove him from that position.

Parrinello, the head coach for 23 seasons and reigning national coach of the year with a career 613-85 record, was suspended without pay in August 2018.

Parrinello, whose teams have won five NJCAA national championships, challenged his suspension during arbitration hearings in November and December of last year. MCC officials alleged violations within the athletic program regarding financial aid awards for student-athletes, but the coach maintained he had followed the protocols long accepted by the college.

The arbitration panel ruled the college violated its collective bargaining agreement when it suspended the coach without pay, his lawyer said.

National honor for former Section 5 basketball stars

March 15, 2019 -- Former McQuaid basketball star Isaiah Stewart has been named the recipient of the 2019 Jersey Mike's Naismith Trophy, which goes to the national high school player of the year.

Stewart, who left McQuaid after his sophomore season, averaged 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. He has committed to play for the University of Washington in the fall.

Past recipients of the award have included Alonzo Mourning (1988), Chris Webber (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Kobe Bryant (1996), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Kevin Love (2007) and Ben Simmons (2015).

Former R-H runner Watson turning pro

Feb. 12, 2019 -- Former Rush-Henrietta track and field star Sammy Watson is giving up her remaining NCAA eligibility to turn pro and focus on qualifying for the 2020 London OLympics.

Watson, 19, will no longer compete for Texas A&M and will surrender her scholarship at the end of her sophomore year but will continue to train on campus under the Aggies' coaching staff.

Watson won the NCAA women's outdoors 800 meters championship last spring.

Stewart picks University of Washington

Jan. 20, 2019 -- Former McQuaid star Isaiah Stewart announced on ESPN that he will continue his basketball career at the University of Washington.

The 6-foot-9 center, who is in his second season at La Lumiere in Indiana, was also considering Duke, Kentucky, Michgan State and Syracuse. The Huskies were helped in no small part by the relationship forged by second-year Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins during his time as an assistant at Syracuse.

Stewart will be reunited with another former Section 5 star, Bishop Kearney graduate Nahziah Carter.

East High football prospect McGee retuning to California

Jan. 6, 2019 -- East High football star Seven McGee has left the area after just one season to return to the state where his high school career began.

The 5-foot-9 McGee, who was a first-team All-Greater Rochester selection and named the Rochester City Athletic Conference defensive MVP, plans to enroll at Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif.

McGee, who also played on East's undefeated basketball team, has verbally committed to the University of Oregon.

Winds rip down sports dome in Parma

Jan. 1, 2019 -- Early-morning winds gusting as high as 61 mph ripped down the Doug Miller Family Sports Park dome in West Ridge Road in Parma some time between 4:30 and 6 a.m.

The strongest winds, consistently from 55 to 60 mph, were from 2-4 a.m. according to the National Weather Service. Nearly 10,000 people lost power in Monroe County, with most of the outages in Henrietta, Mendon and Hilton.

The air-supported dome, constructed in 1996, covered 72,000 square feet of inside space. Miller bought the facility in 2009, primarily for a youth-soccer program he runs.


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