Leading off today:
Add a couple of highly successful boys sports coaches to the list of recent retirees.
George Dlugolonski, fourth on the all-time state list with 536 dual-meet victories, has retired as the wrestling coach at Chaminade but will otherwise remain involved in the sport.
"After 40 years I just felt I couldn't give 100 percent, and that would be unfair to the students," he said in a recent email. "This decision was made about this time last year but I didn't tell anyone except my administration. I have been very fortunate with my career at Chaminade and the CHSAA."
"Coach Dugo," who was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame last spring for lifetime achievement, plans to assist at Chaminade with the mountainous paperwork and preparation that goes along with having a wrestling program and will remain as the CHSAA state chairman for the upcoming season.
"I can walk away knowing the program is in good hands and that I had the full support of the students, parents, coaches and administrators," he said.
Meanwhile, Walt Stefani is not on the sidelines for the Orchard Park boys volleyball team for the first time in 31 years, though he's now assisting with the women’s volleyball team at Canisius College, The Buffalo News reported.
Stefani led Orchard Park to a 559-159 record, 17 league championships, and nine Section 6 Class A titles. He retired from teaching at OP in 2012.
“He brought Orchard Park volleyball from nothing to relevance, and from the best we can determine, probably the best Class A program in the state for over 20 years,” said Matt Lexner, who'd shared the varsity coaching job with Stefani since 2001.
Attention-getting win: Little-known Blessed Virgin Mary defeated Utica Proctor 2-1 in a boys soccer stunner of the magnitude of Chaminade over Virginia in college basketball. The Saints are a Class D school with a BEDS enrollment figure of 62. Proctor, a defending sectional champion, is a Class AA school with the second-largest enrollment in Section 3 at 2,081.
Nicholas Page and Carmen Futchi scored goals and Michael Simonton made five saves in the upset victory in Warners.
“It was incredible,” winning coach Christian Melnick told The Post-Standard.
Said Tom Rowe, athletic director of the private boarding school: "They had us running all over the place. We just didn’t quit. We just didn’t quit.”
Melnick said Proctor has been playing BVM for at least eight years, during which time the relationship has developed into friendly competition.
"It was a big win for them," said Proctor coach Nick Gailulo, whose team fell to 7-2-1. "We just got beat. They were big. They were physical. They played hard the whole time, not that we didn't. We had tons of opportunities and didn't put it in the back of the net, and that was that."
Milestones: Davenport's Sarah Haight tallied four times during a 6-1 girls soccer win at Jefferson, giving her 101 goals in five varsity seasons. She is 33 goals shy of the school career record set in 2008 by her sister Chelsea, who went on to play at Hamilton College.
Greene field hockey coach Sue Carlin won her 400th game Wednesday with a 3-0 decision over Deposit. The 27-year coaching veteran has won two NYSPHSAA titles at Maine-Endwell, where she coached from 1980-1993, and three at Greene, where she has been the coach since 2001.