Leading off today:
Pittsford Mendon golfer Will Thomson
became the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship after winning the sectional qualifier at Mendon Golf Club on Monday.
Thomson, a 13-year-old who was the only seventh-grader to play in the NYSPHSAA championships this spring -- finishing tied for eighth -- shot rounds of 68 and 66 to better Pittsford Mendon graduate and former NYSPHSAA champ Gavin Hall by four strokes. Hall lost in last year's Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur.
Pittsford Sutherland's Jack Gianniny, the NYSPHSAA champ this spring as a senior, is the first alternate after posting a 142.
"I am still kind of in shock," Thomson told the Democrat and Chronicle. "I was even debating if I should even play today because I played a lot of golf the last week. It feels amazing."
The U.S. Amateur will be held Aug. 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletics Club's Highland Course in Johns Creek, Ga.
Following up: It sounds as though Art Troilo Jr. isn't done with football despite the Harrison school district announcement of his retirement last week after 28 seasons in charge.
"It just wasn't the right time. It was not fair to the kids," Troilo told The Journal News. "To be honest with you, obviously I didn't get any support from the school. I wasn't given the support that I thought I deserved or needed. I certainly would've liked to continue to coach."
Troilo, 53, will remain in the district as a physical education teacher. He had spoken about stepping down at some point but told the paper he was still committed to the job.
"I didn't want to finish this way," he said. "I spoke prior to this about stepping down. It seemed like they took it and wanted this. They took it as a good time to move."
Dr. Louis Wool, Harrison's superintendent of schools, said he would stand by both the district's statement from last week and the words Troilo relayed in a meeting with the players and their parents.
"It was a personal decision. We are grateful for everything he has done. He carried on a tremendous legacy," Wool said. "As far as I'm concerned, this was an end of a glorious era in Harrison football."
Although he has not committed to anything for the 2014 season, Troilo said his coaching career will continue.
"I miss it already. I'm going through almost withdrawal. I certainly would love to be out there coaching someplace. I never thought about coaching any place but Harrison, but