Leading off today:
The Big 10 Athletic Conference, a major force in Section 2 sports for most of its 37 years, will cease to exist effective July 1.
Many regarded the league's demise as more a matter of "when" rather than "if" once word came down in March that Amsterdam was leaving for the Foothills Council. That left the Big 10 with only eight members -- ordinarily not a problem except for a lack of depth in girls sports. Albany, Bishop Gibbons, Bishop Maginn, Catholic Central, Christian Brothers Academy (all male), La Salle (all male), Schenectady and Troy (which The Record reported had recently decided to leave) will now go their separate ways.
"Losing Amsterdam to the Foothills Council was devastating because Amsterdam had a full complement of teams," Troy AD Paul Reinisch told The Times Union. "With the declining enrollments at Bishop Gibbons and Bishop Maginn, it left some gaping holes in the schedule."
The Big 10 began with five public city schools and five Catholic schools. The league shrank to nine teams when Linton and Mont Pleasant merged into Schenectady, a school whose BEDS number (2,012) is now about 50 percent larger than the five private schools combined.
Most of the schools have limited prospects at best for landing in another league, so maintaining home-and-home schedules with as many former Big 10 schools as possible is the best short-term option for filling schedules while exploring the possibility of luring at least one new school to form a new conference.
Wayne Bertrand, executive director of Section 2, told The Recorder that a panel has been formed to examine possible options for the schools. Realistically, landing new affiliations for some or all of the orphaned schools probably would require earth-shaking developments along the lines of another league abruptly losing two or more members -- not out of the question, but not the best of situations either.
Title for Canisius: Junior third baseman Rich Miller delivered a walkoff hit hit with two outs in the seventh as Canisius beat St. Joe's 2-1 to seep the best-of-three Monsignor Martin baseball title.
It's Canisius' fourth Georgetown Cup victory in six years.
LaFayette suspensions: LaFayette school district officials have suspended several students after chat they characterized as a bullying incident before a June 4 lacrosse practice, The Post-Standard reported.
LaFayette Superintendent Peter Tigh said several students have been disciplined, with some suspensions issued. Tigh said the district is taking the incident "very seriously."
The victim's mother said her 13-year-old son was attacked by two other boys in the locker room at LaFayette Junior-Senior High School. The mother said he was punched in the groin area, shoved against the locker, choked and poked with a lacrosse stick. She told the paper school staff didn't report the incident to police or call for medical help and seemed to brush it off.