Leading off today:
Jon Boon, who coached Bishop Kearney to NYSPHSAA boys basketball championships in 2009 (Class B) and 2013 (AA) has announced his resignation after nine seasons at the Section 5 school.
Veteran assistant Kevin Goode, a former Kearney player, has been named as his replacement, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Boon, 46, said he told his assistants on the bus ride home from last March's Federation tournament that he expected to step down. He made it official last month after deciding that his fire for coaching didn't match his desire to spend more time watching his youngest children play sports. Tyler, 15, is a swimmer at Fairport, where Brianna, 12, will play softball.
“I made only one of Tyler’s meets last year and that’s because I skipped practice,” Boon told the paper.
Harrison hero Troilo Sr. dies: Art Troilo Sr., who earned 16 varsity letters in five sports as a Harrison athlete and went on to coach football at his alma mater, died Monday from cancer. He was 81.
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Troilo, who played at Syracuse University during the Jim Brown era, spent 11 years as a Harrison assistant and 11 more as the head coach. He later served as the high school’s athletic director, eventually hiring his son Art Troilo Jr. as the football coach.
“He was the finest man that I’ve ever known,” Art Troilo Jr. told The Journal News, calling his father a “best friend and mentor.”
'Battle of the Fans' kicks off: The New York State Public High Athletic Association has formally launched its Battle of the Fans program, which will highlight the best student cheering sections promoting sportsmanship across the state.
Schools planning to enter must post a clip of between 90 seconds and three minutes in duration to YouTube by Jan. 10 to be considered. The idea of the videos is to reflect enthusiasm, togetherness and sportsmanship in the cheering sections.
After initial judging, NYSPHSAA staffers will tour New York to visit all five finalists at a home contest, producing their own videos of the trips. The winning school will be