Leading off today:
We've reached the juncture of the fall sports season where highly ranked teams start falling by the wayside. Wednesday's most notable result saw a No. 1-ranked boys soccer team booted from the Section 3 tournament.
Jamesville-DeWitt set up a sectional Class A final against Syracuse CBA by knocking off Syracuse Fowler, the state's top-ranked team 2-0 at Chittenango. Leading scorer Adam Resetarits gave the Red Rams all the offense they would need when his left-footer from 25 yards out found the back of the net 28 minutes into th game.
Jordan VanStry added an insurance goal in the closing minutes, handing Fowler its first loss.
CBA, ranked seventh in the state, survived penalty kicks against Watertown after the teams finished regulation and overtime tied 1-1. Goalkeeper Mike Smith, back from a fractured jaw that sidelined him late in the season, stopped two of the three shots he faced and CBA won the shootout 4-1.
More soccer: Penalty kicks is an awful way to settle a soccer game -- it rates near the top of my pet peeves in high school sports because, as The Post-Star noted, the format strips away most of the elements that makes soccer what it is -- but in all the years no one has devised a less onerous solution.
A Tuesday girls game, also settles via PKs, brought an end to a spectacular season for Brittany LaPlant as Cobleskill rallied from a 3-1 deficit in regulation and then eliminated Queensbury in a Section 2 Class A semifinal.
LaPlant ended her season with 73 goals and 10 assists in 18 games, scoring twice in the season-ender.
The big story of the game, though, was a gutsy call by Cobleskill coach John Quimby, who subbed out his starting goalie and used high-scoring forward Morgan Loder in the nets for the shootout. It's not unheard of -- then-coach Kathy Boughton of Mercy did is in a Section 5 playoff two decades ago (hey, what ever happened to Abby Wambach?) and others have resorted to a similar strategy since.
Obviously, it puts a lot of pressure on a young athlete and it leaves a coach open to second-guessing.
Following up: A day before Fowler's loss, Huntington took out the No. 8 team in the state Class AA rankings.
Junior forward Ricky Velasquez scored with 15 minutes left from about 25 yards out as 15th-seeded Huntington upset Half Hollow Hills West 1-0 in a Section 11 round of 16 contest. Lee Reiver had 11 saves in the shutout.
In other Suffolk County AA action, Walt Whitman registered its first sectional win since 1996 by edging Deer Park 1-0 to set up a quarterfinal against Smithtown West, New York's fourth-ranked team.
And in a Nassau County girls shocker, upstart Roslyn beat fourth-ranked Garden City 3-1 in a Section 8 Class A quarterfinal.
On the move: You can officially change Manhasset St. Mary's status in the world of boys basketball from "potent" to "decimated."
Sophomore guard Devonte Green, the 6-foot-2 brother of San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, is transferring to Long Island Lutheran. Green had previously played two years of varsity ball at North Babylon and then starred as a freshman at St. Mary's last winter.
Coupled with 6-9 junior Jessie Govan's departure to Wings Academy of the PSAL, it leaves St. Mary's with much work to do ahead of the opening 2013-14 tip-off.
Danny Green Sr. cited Govan's decision to leave as a