Leading off today:
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has signed a 10-year rights agreement that makes Time Warner Cable Sports the official content distributor of NYSPHSAA regional and state championship sports programming throughout the state, the organizations announced Wednesday.
Time Warner Cable Sports has exclusive rights to telecast all boys and girls regional, semifinal and championship events in New York state. The deal also grants Time Warner exclusive rights to carry NYSPHSAA content on mobile, Internet and on-demand platforms.
"Time Warner Cable is the leading cable provider in our state and with our new, long-term relationship, they are committed to delivering telecasts of high school athletics to hundreds of communities in New York state," Robert Zayas, the NYSPHSAA's executive director, said in a statement. "They bring a high level of professionalism and the ability to highlight our student-athletes in a manner that exceeds expectations. Their broadcasts on TV and the Internet for the next 10 years will add to the excitement of our state championship events as well as allow our association to truly promote the value of education-based athletics."
The NYSPHSAA is the largest high school sports organization in the state, governing 782 high schools participating in 35 interscholastic sports.
"We are thrilled to have the privilege of covering our hometown heroes," Steve Arvan, senior director of local sports programming at Time Warner Cable, said in the statement.
The first new addition to the playoff coverage lineup will be softball this spring.
Milestones: It's been a good couple of days for high achievers in New York high school sports.
Austin Goltz scored eight goals and Orchard Park defeated Frontier 15-5 Wednesday for coach Gene Tundoís 500th boys lacrosse victory. Tundo is in his 34th season coaching the Quakers.
Erika Kenny and Tori Powers combined on a three-hitter for Duanesburg during an 11-2 softball win Wednesday vs. Fort Plain, giving coach John Conway career win No. 300.
Molly Malone scored four goals, including the 200th of her career, as Ossining topped Rye 15-13 in girls lacrosse.
Streak snapped: Kayla Hahn pitched a one-hitter for Hutch-Tech in a 3-1 softball victory that snapped a Buffalo City Honors winning streak vs. league competition that dated back to the 2001 season.
Hahn struck out 11 batters.
City Honors went 10-0 against city opponents last season, outscoring them 164-3. Hutch-Tech was the last team to beat Honors -- 7-6 in the championship game of the 2001 Columbia Cup playoffs.
What a start: Cicero-North Syracuse's Sydney O'Hara struck out 20 batters and pitched her second no-hitter of the season en route to an 11-0 softball win over Central