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November 7, 2013

Unatego coach's beard a sign of success


Microni said he was pleased with Feyerabend’s decision making after halftime.

“Toward the end of the game, I think we started working the ball down the field and not trying to get all the big plays,” Microni said of Feyerabend, who completed three passes for 30 yards on Unatego’s final touchdown drive.

For the season, Feyerabend is 81-for-151 for 1,672 yards. His favorite targets, Kellen Komenda and Tanner Winchester, have 569 and 542 receiving yards, respectively.

Walton fans back Hoover

Walton coach Jim Hoover emerged from 408 coaches across the nation to finish third in an online vote held by USA TODAY to find the nation’s best high school coach.

Hoover was among eight coaches from New York state on the ballot. He won that vote with 38,654 to advance to a regional round.

In the regional round, Hoover garnered more than 89,000 votes online. That left eight coaches for the national round.

Hoover’s total increased again to 137,117.

He finished behind Kentucky’s Philip Haywood (1,529,789) and Maryland’s Kevin Lynott (1,311,825).

Voting ended Oct. 29.

Hoover has won a Section Four-record 298 games over 38 seasons at Walton. The Warriors finished the 2013 season with a 5-4 record.

Hoover steered Walton to a Class C state championship in 1994 and a Class D state title in 2007. Both of those teams went 13-0.

Walton’s athletic department received $500 for Hoover’s finish.

Rob Centorani covers high school football for The Daily Star. Email him at

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