Leading off today:
Fayetteville-Manlius won its boys cross country battle with Liverpool 19-37 on Wednesday as two of the state's top programs went head-to-head
Bryce Millar, the reigning NYSPHSAA Class A individual champion, and Peter Ryan beat the course record at Long Branch Park in Liverpool in 15:12.1 and 15:14.3, respectively. The Hornets took four of the top five places.
The previous course record was 15:37 by Dominick Luca of Tully in 2002. Liverpool's Ben Petrella also eclipsed that mark, finishing in 15:32.4 to take the third spot.
Interestingly, F-M coach Bill Aris declined to speak with Syracuse.com or make his runners available after the race, the website reported.
Back in action: When Brett Rodriguez was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome when doctors detected blood clots in his right lung and shoulder in the spring, it appeared he'd miss the 2014 football season after being selected third-team all-state as a sophomore running back.
Well, Rodriguez is back on the field for Queensbury, The Post-Star reports, thanks to the combination of surgery and blood thinners. He played in the 49-0 win over Niskayuna in Week 1.
Not back in action: Odessa-Montour didn't play its scheduled football season opener last weekend because Trumansburg dropped the sport during the preseason. The Indians will also sit out Week 2, with the Press & Sun-Bulletin reporting injuries have dropped O-M below the was minimum of 16 players. The forfeit will leave Moravia without a game.
Road trip: Barring a basketball trip to Hawaii over the holidays, it looks as though Cornwall will have the longest New York high school road trip of the year when the boys and girls cross country teams compete at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 27.
Coaches Dave Feuer and Brian Creeden planned the trip as a reunion of sorts with former Cornwall distance-running great Aisling Cuffe, now a senior at Stanford.
"Brian and I have said we want to get out to Stanford, some place we wouldn't go on our own without knowing anybody there," Feuer told the Times Herald-Record. "Where better to go than where our all-American champion is?"
Cuffe is a seven-time NCAA All-American and is the defending Pac-12 cross country champion. She was also the 2014 NCAA runner-up at 5,000 meters indoors and outdoors as a junior.
There is no school funding for the trip, and each of the 14 runners will pay a fee to offset costs that weren't covered via several fundraising events.
Name game: In this era of mostly shrinking school districts, consolidations of sports teams from two or three schools into a single program are routine, even if word doesn't travel quickly. This week, for instance, one of our longtime NYSSWA helpers discovered that the football committee in one New York section apparently wasn't aware of a recent consolidation.
That, though, was the exception rather than the rule. Quite often, the bigger question is what to call these multi-school beasts. Greg Brownell of The Post-Star wrote this week that he learned a lesson along those lines recently after Bolton and Warrensburg joined forced for soccer.