Leading off today:
New York teen Mary Cain
broke the long-standing world junior indoor record for 1000 meters with a time of 2:39.25 at Boston University on Thursday.
Cain, a 17-year-old Bronxville senior, beat the mark of 2:40.1 by U.S. runner Diana Richburg in 1982 and defeated American 1,500-meter champion Treniere Moser 2:39.32). She now holds US junior indoor records for 1000, 1500, mile, 3000 and two miles.
Cain could pursue the world junior indoor mile mark when she returns to Boston Jan. 25.
No decision from Section 9: Our Lady of Lourdes will remain in Section 1 for the 2014-15 school year after Section 9 tabled for the second time the school's application to switch, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
"I think the Athletic Council needs to do some more fact-finding on the subject," Section 9 secretary/treasurer Jim Osborne told the paper.
Lourdes has been seeking to join Section 9 and the Mid-Hudson Athletic League. Poughkeepsie was approved on Nov. 26 to move from Section 1 to Section 9 for the 2014-15 season, and numerous other Section 1 schools also have explored options recently.
"Our Lady of Lourdes fully respects the rationale behind the decision of Section 9 to table our application for membership," AD Matt Pascale said in a statement. "A vote to table allows the current application to remain open, and consequently, Lourdes will not have to apply again next year.
"I remain very optimistic, based upon conversations I had directly with (Section 9) Executive Director Bob Thabet, that the committee will vote to admit Lourdes into Section 9 for the 2015-16 school year."
Milestone: Williamsville North coach Bob Rosen chalked up his 400th career boys ice hockey victory as the Spartans beat Lancaster 3-1.
Rosen has coached at Williamsville North since the first season of the Federation in 1990-91 and racked up four NYSPHSAA championships.
"A lot of great years and a lot of great kids over the years I've been able to coach and be around," Rosen, 52, told The Buffalo News. "Not just hockey players but people. Twenty-four years removed, some of those kids are in their 40s and have their own families and it's pretty special."
He can play: Northville Superintendent Debra Lynker said Thursday that Tim Monette can play basketball while battling cancer, presumably ending a growing controversy in the school district.
student athlete fighting cancer will be able to play on the high school basketball team.
A day earlier, Shawna Monette said she was informed her son couldn't play anymore because he was being tutored from home for the two courses he needs for graduation and wasn't physically in school. Monette, 17 was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma in November and keeps up with schoolwork at home with the help of a tutor.
He completed chemotherapy last month and was OK'd by doctors to resume playing, only to be informed Wednesday playing would violate a school policy that students may not play sports when they're absent, The Times Union reported.
"When he said he couldn't play, my heart just dropped," Shawna Monette told the paper. "His basketball and his sports are everything to him."
Friends and teammates immediately protested via social media and about 200 of them staged a sit-in Thursday.
"It made me feel really good that everyone cared about my happiness and they wanted me to play on the team," Tim Monette said.