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James Cunningham confirmed Friday night that he has stepped down after two seasons as the East Lyme High School boys' basketball team to spend more time with his family.
Cunningham had been with the program for several seasons, including four years as the junior varsity coach.
"I've been in that program for about 10 years and enjoyed every minute of it," Cunningham said. "I have nine-year-old and seven-year-old daughters and, as I was going through this year, it was the year where my kids' schedule increased.
"It became every difficult for me to fulfill my family roles the way I wanted to fulfill them, so when we got to the end of the season, I gave myself some time to think about it and decided to step down. … It's been a fantastic run."
College indoor track
• Coast Guard Academy's Adam Scalesse qualified for today's 60-meter hurdles final at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb, automatically earning All-American honors. The senior was the fifth-fastest qualifier (8.07).
• Connecticut College's Michael LeDuc also earned All-America status by placing seventh in the 5,000 (14:23.92). The senior has now earned All-American honors seven teams during his career and he'll have another chance today when he competes in the 3,000. Conn's women's distance medley relay team of freshmen Bella Franz and Amanda Jacobsen, sophomore Caroline Leonard and junior Kim Bolick placed 10th in 12:06.69.
H.S. indoor track
• Norwich Free Academy's girls' sprint medley relay team of MiaLynne Park, Lauren Knerr, Camille McKenzie and Charlotte Van Sambeck placed 15th in 4:20.42 at the New Balance Indoor National Championship meet in New York. Ledyard's Chenoa Sebastian placed 11th in the 60-meter hurdles and set a school record (9.04).
• Andrew Hinckley hit a go-ahead bases-clearing triple in the sixth inning and earned the save as Avery Point edged the Great Lake Canadiens, 6-5, at Vero Beach, Fla. Kevin Hall drove in a run on a fielder's choice with Avery Point trailing 6-3 in the sixth and Hinckley (three hits, four RBI) delivered the key hit later in the inning. John Amoroso was the winning pitcher for the Pointers (3-0).
• Neftali Arroyo went 2-for-2, including a two-run home run, with four RBI and two runs as Mitchell College owned Southern Vermont 10-4 in Fort Myers, Fla. Kenneth Olszewski went 4-for-4, including two doubles, and scored twice for Mitchell (4-3-1) and Evan Peck added two hits.
• Blake Thompson hit a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the top of the seventh and came on in relief to earn the win as Coast Guard beat Defiance 10-7 in eight innings in the second game of a doubleheader in Fort Myers, Fla. The game was tied 6-6 in the top of the eighth when Cory Sonnega hit an RBI single and Danny Sobourin added a two-run single to give the Bears a 10-7 lead. Kyle Wood had two hits, two runs and an RBI for Coast Guard (3-6), which lost the opener 9-7 despite Mark Behne going 3-for-4 with three RBI and Sabourin scoring three runs.
• Bobby Melley went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run as UConn routed St. Peter's 10-1 at the Big 5 Baseball Bash at Philadelphia. Blake Davey had two hits, including a two-run home run, and scored three times for the Huskies (6-8) and freshman Aaron Hill of Fitch scored a run and added an RBI.
• Jessie Richardson went 6-for-7, including a double, with three runs and two RBI as Coast Guard beat Saint Lawrence (8-3) and lost to RPI (7-6 in eight innings) at Clermont, Fla. Morgan Kingston hit a two-run double and scored in the loss to RPI for Coast Guard (5-3) and Pawcatuck's Kelly Grills singled and scored. Erin Lisko went 3-for-4, including two doubles, with three runs and three RBI in the win over St. Lawrence and Grills added two hits and two runs.
• NFA's Taylor Churchill was named to the All-Eastern Connecticut Conference gymnastics first team. Rhiannon Wilbur (NFA), Morgan Staehle (Montville) and Elisabeth Heikkinen (Waterford) earned honorable mention honors. Quinn Sinay (NFA), Abigail Contino (Stonington), and Jenny Aylward (East Lyme) were sportsmanship award winners.
• Allisa Dalpe had 11 saves and Tina Balzotti added two goals and an assist as Conn College beat Skidmore on Thursday, 7-5. Cecily Cushman scored twice for Conn (2-2).
Ledyard fan buses
• Ledyard will have a fan bus available for both of its state tournament basketball games next week. The Colonels play at Crosby on Monday in a Class LL boys' basketball quarterfinal. Ledyard will play top-ranked Hartford Capital at Bacon Academy on Tuesday in a Class L girls' semifinal. The bus leaves the school both nights at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in either trip should contact Ledyard AD Jim Buonocore at (860) 464-9660, x6123.