NOTE: A brief update/addition on the Pembroke football item was added Friday, May 30; I may not be blogging again for a few days.)
Leading off today: Former Mount Vernon basketball star Isaiah Cousins was wounded Tuesday night when a bullet fired during a street gang flare-up struck him in the back of the shoulder, The Journal News reported.
Cousins, now a guard at the University of Oklahoma, was a first-team all-state player in 2012 for the Knights after averaging 15.8 points a game.
Police said the 6-foot-4 sophomore was an innocent bystander caught in the episode involving the "Goonies" and "Gunnas" street gangs.
Cousins is expected to recover without any surgery, Oklahoma basketball head coach Lon Kruger said. "He should be healed in a few weeks and begin summer activities with the rest of the team in June," Kruger said in a statement tweeted out by the university. "We're very thankful it wasn't worse than it was."
B'ville pitcher honored: Baldwinsville senior right-hander Scott Blewett has been named Gatorade's New York baseball player of the year after completing his scholastic career with a 21-0 record.
Blewett, a St. John's recruit as well as a potential first-round selection in next month's pro baseball draft, went 4-0 this spring for the Bees with a 0.23 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 30 innings on the mound. He missed part of the season with a minor arm injury.
Deja vu: Orchard Park has now won 22 Section 6 boys lacrosse championships in 24 years following Tuesday's 10-9 triumph against Clarence in the Class A title game.
Orchard Park, which split its two regular-season matchups with Clarence, scored the game's first five goals on the way to its 19th championship in 20 years. The Quakers rallied from a 6-6 tie to forge a 10-7 lead behind juniors Kevin Goltz (four goals, two assists) and Jack Crowley (two goals, two assists).
"We picked it up in the third quarter," Goltz told The Buffalo News. "At halftime we set our mind straight and we pulled through."
In the Class B final, Hamburg made it seven championships in eight years be beating Niagara-Wheatfield 10-9.
More boys lacrosse: Fairport rallied from four goals down in the final seven minutes Tuesday to beat Pittsford 7-6 for the Section 5 Class A championship.