Leading off today:
Jason DeJoy, the coach of Pittsford Mendon's NYSPHSAA championship team in boys cross country last fall, died Tuesday morning at the age of 40.
Pittsford district officials said DeJoy, a married father of three young girls, died unexpectedly. No further details were disclosed.
DeJoy taught middle-school social studies in the district and was also an assistant track and field coach at Mendon. DeJoy led Vikings teams to more than 300 cross country wins, and four of his boys or girls teams were state runner-ups. His Mendon teams won 10 Section 5 titles.
"One of the best, most patient and loving coaches I've come across," Pittsford football coach Keith Molinich told the Democrat and Chronicle. "He's a tremendous man. There are a lot of us that are like, 'What the heck?' We're at the age where it can happen to any of us. You just have to embrace every day."
DeJoy, a Jamestown graduate who coached distance running there from 1998-2001, is survived by his wife Arlene, a social studies teacher at Mendon, plus their daughters Josie, Angelina and Libby.
Burger done at Troy: Though he'd retired from teaching in June after 33 years, Jack Burger wanted to continue coaching football at Troy for several more years.
That plan came to an end this week when Burger learned that there were no positions available that would have kept him in the school on a daily basis to maintain close contact with his players, thus ending his coaching tenure after 19 seasons in charge and 29 seasons overall.
"The talk was there was going to be something for me. Unfortunately, because of budget cuts, it never materialized," he told The Times Union. "The coach needs to be in the school. The guys are used to me being there every day. They need a coach that is there."
Burger took over for Jim Bongo in 1990 and was 90-38-1 through 2001 before taking time off to watch his children, Matt and Niki, play sports in college. He returned in 2007 and finished with a mark of 145-51-1, a 1998 state crown (after an 0-2 start) and a trip to the 2010 NYSPHSAA Class AA final in Syracuse.
The Flying Horses won seven Section 2 championships under Burger, including five straight beginning in 1996.
"The Troy community has been incredible. Phenomenal people. Very loyal," Burger told the paper. "A loyal, hard-working coaching staff and hundreds and hundreds of great kids. As much as you hear from players that say, 'Thanks for everything,' the feeling is mutual."
Sources told the paper Burger's successor will likely be junior varsity coach Mike Hurteau, who played at Troy under Burger.
More coaching moves: Justin Arini, a Ward Melville goaltender for retired Long Island lacrosse legend Joe Cuozzo, was named boys lacrosse coach at Shoreham-Wading River on Wednesday, Newsday reported.
Arini, a guidance counselor at S-WR, was an assistant coach last spring at Huntington after previously working at the college level. He replaces Tom Rotanz, who guided the Wildcats to five Long Island championships (including the last two) and state crowns in 2002 and 2012 in 19 seasons. Rotanz's contract was not be renewed by district administrators.
Milestone: I missed it over the weekend, but Utica Notre Dame senior basketball star Emily Durr reached 2,000 career points. The Iowa State-bound guard scored 10 points in a 51-50 loss to Gates Chili.
Durr, who last month passed Sissy Babiarz as Notre Dame's all-time scoring leader, is the eighth player in Section 3 history to reach 2,000. The leader is former Cicero-North Syracuse player and current UConn star Breanna Stewart at 2,367.
More basketball notes: Cardinal Hayes, ranked No. 1 in Class AA by the NYSSWA, fought off No. 3 Bishop Loughlin 86-83 on Tuesday. The Cardinals' 10-point lead with 2:11 to play was trimmed to one before St. Joseph's-bound senior Shavar Newkirk (24 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter) made a pair of free throws with :09 to go. Seton Hall recruit Khadeen Carrington (36 points) of Loughlin missed on a fade-away 3-pointer from the top of the key just before the buzzer.
"It's an emotional game," Hayes coach Joe Lods told the New York Daily News. "As much as I don't want our kids to look at rankings, they understand rankings. They know who's good, they know they're good, they know it's a big