Leading off today:
Cooperstown's board of education has given final approval to the change in nicknames for the high school's sports teams, and the Redskins will become the Hawkeyes on July 1.
Hawkeyes won out over Huskies, Pathfinders and Pioneers in polling of school alumni, faculty and staff, students and community members, The Observer-Dispatch reported. The name was OK'd by Thomas Hickey, owner and president of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes summer collegiate baseball league team.
The school's orange and black colors and district emblem will remain.
The district is working in conjunction with Oneida Indian Nation, which previously said it would underwrite the cost of purchasing any new sports uniforms at an estimated cost of up to $10,000 if Cooperstown changed its nickname.
Quite the roller coaster: That was quite a 72 hours for the Bishop Timon-St. Jude boys lacrosse team, beating Hamburg on Friday, soaring to a 14-10 win over Ithaca on Saturday and then losing to St. Joe's on Monday at a highly controversial finish.
St. Joe's beat Monsignor Martin Association rival Timon 13-12 in two overtimes Monday, ending a 49-game league winning streak dating to May 2007.
Junior James Bassett scored 59 seconds into the second OT just moments after Timon thought it had won the game on junior Connor Fields' shot, which appeared to ripple the net before bouncing out of the cage, and had started celebrating, with players even coming off the bench. But there was no whistle or goal signal from officials, and St. Joe's went on the fast break that concluded with Bassett scoring.
"I think we won that game," Timon coach Mike Burke told The Buffalo News. "We scored in overtime. The net moved. We won, we cleared the bench, and our kids run down the field, and they went down and scored. It's just a bad thing all around. I hope that there is a way that this can be overturned. We have video evidence of the goal. It's unfortunate the officials didn't see it that way. I don't know how they missed it. It was clear-cut."
Speaking of lacrosse: We have a new No. 1 in Class A this week, with Ward Melville ascending to the top spot (current rankings here). I's a result of Class B No. 3 Yorktown downing previous No. 1 Chaminade 12-8 on Saturday.
Austin Graham made 11 saves for Yorktown.
The Huskers broke a 4-4 tie midway through the third quarter, went up 7-4 on one of attackman Conor Vercruysse's three goals and led 9-4 after three quarters.
“This has got to be the most complete game we’ve ever played as a team,” Vercruysse told The Journal News.
Girls lacrosse: St. Anthony's now owns victories over teams from six states after a significant weekend triumph vs. an opponent with wins against foes from seven states.
Friars coach Corinne Lomangino told Patch.com the 9-8 win over St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School from Alexandria, Va., was the biggest in program history. “For us this was such a huge game,” she said. “Our program