Leading off today:
The course for the annual NYSPHSAA cross country championships traditionally goes through a shakeout cruise during the regular season in the form of a sizeable invitational. It offers organizers a chance to run through their preparations checklist for the No. 9 state meet and gives top teams a chance to scout the course.
On Saturday, the Queensbury Invitational produced an excruciatingly close result in the boys large-school race as Liverpool edged Saratoga Springs on the tiebreaker after the teams tied at 71. Liverpool junior Dylan McCarthy's 33rd-place showing as his team's sixth man easily outdistanced the 85th-place finish by his Saratoga counterpart to decide team honors.
Pearl River senior Brian Cook took individual honors in 15:17.95, edging T.J. Hornberger (15:19.30) of Lake Shore. Saratoga sophomore Aidan Tooker placed third. Junior Connor Buck and soph Ben Petrella led the way for Liverpool, placing ninth and 10th, respectively.
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Saratoga placed six runners in the top 40 to defeat Corning 115-161 for the girls large-school title.
College decision: Fayetteville-Manlius forward John Schurman has given a verbal commitment to play basketball at Binghamton University next year.
Schurman averaged 20.5 points and nearly eight rebounds per game and made 61 3-pointers as a junior in leading the Hornets to a 17-3 record. He was selected seventh-team all-state in Class AA.
Lost weekend: Eight Yonkers high school football teams played this weekend -- and all eight lost to Section 1 opponents.
Early College, Palisade Prep, Gorton, Yonkers, Lincoln, Riverside, Yonkers Montessori and Saunders fell by a combined score of 281-35.
Soccer notes: The rough-and-tumble world of Long Island boys soccer, where there's typically little separating the top three to five times in any class, took a toll on one of the New York State Sportswriters Association's top-ranked teams right out of the gate this week.
Class A No. 1 Jericho suffered a 2-1 loss to Hewlett in Nassau County action just a day after the first rankings were released. Chris Bravo served up a corner kick that Myles Ofri headed in with just 2:30 left in regulation to