Leading off today:
Sections 7 and 10 are going their way in regular-season football beginning this fall, the Watertown Daily Times
Section 10 Athletic Coordinator Carl Normandin called the decision amicable. “The major concerns our schools had were financial and problems concerning the length of travel and transportation. They (Section 7) shared the same concerns."
Section 10 Football Chairman Matt Tessmer said travel was especially tough on Gouverneur and a few other schools.
Northern Athletic Conference football will return to its pre-2003 alignment with an eight-team league: Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena, Potsdam, Canton, Malone, Gouverneur, St. Lawrence Central and Tupper Lake. Section 7’s Champlain Valley Athletic Conference also will have eight teams.
Sections 7 and 10 will use the 10th week of the schedule for an intersectional playoff that determines representatives for the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals in November.
Messere ties mark: West Genesee defeated Auburn 14-4 in boys lacrosse Tuesday, giving coach Mike Messere his 747th career win. It tied him with Long Island great Joe Cuozzo for the all-time state and national records in the sport.
Senior Tim Barber led the Wildcats with five goals and an assist, and Matt Schattner posted a hat trick. Andrew Brown finished with two goals and three assists.
Messere could break the record Thursday night when the Wildcats host Oswego.
By the way, Messere is featured this morning on the MaxPreps.com website.
All-state girls basketball: Two Section 1 stars are among the five players selected girls basketball players of the year Tuesday by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports, sister organization of the NYSSWA.
Lexi Martins of state champion Irvington earned top honors in Class B, and Christa Scognagmiglio of Pearl River was selected in Class A.
The other players of the year are Cicero-North Syracuse senior Breanna Stewart in Class AA (on the same day she was named national player of the year by MaxPreps.com), Dani DeGregory of Greenwich in C and McKenzie Bezon of Elba in D.
The list of coaches of the year as well as the full all-star teams are available on the NYSSWA site.