Leading off today:
West Islip kept its perfect record intact Sunday, beating Farmingdale 12-8 for the Lions' first Long Island Class A championship
in girls lacrosse.
"This is West Islip history," coach Joe Nicolosi said after the Lions emerged from a 5-5 halftime tie to run their record to 20-0. "We've got a great community, great fans, great kids who play this game. It's just a well-rounded machine."
Lena Riportella paced the Lions, whose Section 11 title last week was also a program milestone, with five goals, including their final three of the game. Lindsay Darrell chipped in with two goals and two assists.
More lacrosse: Since the girls semifinals and finals are played on consecutive days in Cortland, semifinal matchups change from year to year. This year, Sections 3 and 5 will face off against each other in the semifinals in all three classes, making it the fifth time in six years that all of the participants from the West/Central regions have come from those two sections.
Since Lancaster of Section 6 captured a semifinal berth in Class A in 2008, only Owego (Section 4, Class B) in 2008 has broken the stranglehold of Sections 3 and 5 in the quarterfinals.
Golf, Day 1: Three Section 5 competitors from Pittsford are among four tied for the lead midway through the NYSPHSAA boys golf championships in Ithaca.
Pittsford Sutherland's Jack Gianniny and Pittsford Mendon's Will Thomson and Gunnar Doyle each shot a two-over-par 73 to stand in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard with Kyle Mathews of Shenendehowa at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell on Sunday.
The 36-hole event concludes Monday.
Social media food for thought: Internet analytic company Beevolve estimates that 75 percent of the 400 million Twitter messages each day originate from users aged 15 to 25.
"Whether you like it or not it's there and the kids use it. There's no going back, so you've got to use the tool wisely and attempt to monitor it as best as you can," Greg Gavich, a two-sport coach at Odessa-Montour told the Press & Sun-Bulletin for a weekend story. "Can it be positive? Yeah. Is it more positive than negative? Probably not. But it's what we have."
And what we have from reporter Kevin Stevens is a very interesting story, the latest examination of social media and young athletes from a New York media outlet. I've seen tweets from time to time by college coaches lamenting having to end the recruitment of certain athletes for inappropriate Facebook or Twitter comments, but Stevens got the perspectives of some New York coaches on the subject.