Leading off today:
There have been two arrests in the past week related to what authorities say were underage drinking parties thrown for members of Jasper-Troupsburg athletic teams.
Results from a five-month investigation by New York State Police in Bath began to emerge when school board vice president Lisa S. Tracy, 47, of Greenwood was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.
On Monday, senior Tyler M. VanSkiver, a star athlete at Jasper-Troupsburg, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and making a punishable false written statement. Police said the charges are based upon VanSkiver allegedly providing alcohol for gatherings at Tracy's home. The other charge involves VanSkiver allegedly giving a false written statement during the investigation.
Tracy and VanSkiver are scheduled to appear in Town of Jasper Court on July 1.
The investigation began in January after a call to the state Child Abuse Hotline saying J-T athletes were attending parties with alcohol at a Jasper residence. Police believe the activity has been occurring since 2012 -- and possibly earlier.
J-T athletic director Jean Green told The Evening Tribune she was surprised to not be briefed about the investigation, which had the cooperation of school officials while adults and students were interviewed.
"I was never brought into it," Green said, noting alcohol consumption would violate the athletic code of conduct. "I was told it did not involve me. I was never told that there were allegations that student athletes were drinking alcohol."
Back on the radar: A couple of our recent blogs documented some of the latest instances of underclassmen opting to leave New York to play at schools across the country. In most cases, it becomes "out of sight, out of mind" as these players go largely forgotten (certainly on this blog, but also in the N.Y. hoops community in general) until the prospects show up in college lineups a year or two later.
However, one of the more notable departures in recent years has popped back onto the radar while representing the United States.
Tyler Lydon, a 6-foot-9 forward who will be a senior at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep this fall and has committed to Syracuse University, was on the USA squad at the FIBA Americas Tournament this week in Colorado. He left Pine Plains after leading the team to the 2013 NYSPHSAA Class C crown, saying he wanted to improve his game and his visibility for colleges.
Team USA breezed through the field this week, going 5-0 and wrapping up the championship with a 113-79 victory against Canada on Tuesday. Though Lydon scored just three points in the final, he ripped down nine rebounds in 15 minutes as the coaching staff distributed minutes amongst its wealth of riches on the 12-man roster. He scored 14 points in 19 minutes against Argentina in the final pool-play contest.
Show of respect: The Buffalo News has rolled out its boys and girls all-area teams for lacrosse the past two days, once again bestowing the Tom Borrelli Award upon its players of the year. It honors the memory of Borrelli, a sports reporter who died in 2008.
The Buffalo News also named its top basketball award in memory of Allen Wilson, a former colleague of mine in Rochester who went on to cover high school, college and pro sports in Western New York.
And now Newsday has announced it is launching the Marcus A. Henry Award, to be presented to one Long Island high school athlete each year who not only excels on the field but who also displays great leadership off of it.
Henry, who died April 1, graduated from Baldwin High in 1991, played football briefly at Temple University and was a high school reporter at Newsday for 11 years.
"I think this award will mean a lot to a lot of people," said Hank Winnicki, Newsday's Sports Editor. "Marcus was well-liked and well-respected by everyone here at Newsday and by everyone he covered in sports. He was an active member in his church and a loving husband, brother and son. We all miss Marcus tremendously, and this award will