Leading off today:
Section 3 is rolling out a two-year program that will give 11 struggling Class C and D football teams a chance to be more competitive by moving into a league outside the traditional setup, The Post-Standard reported
Sponsored by the local chapter of the National Football Foundation, the league will consist of two divisions of schools that will surrender their eligibility for the Section 3 and state tournaments but conduct their own season-ending playoff. Participating teams will still be able to maintain some rivalries with teams not taking part in the NFF program.
"It's a bit of a different twist," Section 3 Executive Director John Rathbun told the paper. "We're trying to put a little football life back into these communities."
Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, Bishop Grimes, Clinton, Hannibal, LaFayette/Fabius-Pompey and Oriskany will make up the NFF West; Adirondack, Cooperstown, Little Falls, New York Mills and South Lewis will comprise the NFF East.
Sections 6 and 8 ran similar programs the past two seasons.
Quite a weekend: Alex Rodriguez is no longer the baseball player in his family creating the big buzz.
Joe Dunand Jr., whose father is A-Rod's half-brother, put on a high school hitting display for the ages over the weekend at the Horizon National Tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. In five games for Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep, Dunand went 10-for-12 with nine home runs, including going yard on all of his final eight swings.
"I was just letting it happen," he told The Miami Herald. "I was seeing the ball very well. I just hit it and it kept going every time."
Dunand, a senior who has committed to play at North Carolina State next fall, was named the MVP before the tournament even ended.
"I've never seen anything like that," Gulliver Prep coach Javier Rodriguez said. "It looked like a video game at one point. It didn't matter what they were trying to throw at him, everything was gone."
Stadium to be unveiled: Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are expected to attend the opening of the Maine-Endwell's impressive new baseball stadium Wednesday.