Leading off today:
The early indication is that there's a regime change in progress in the top tier of New York boys soccer as Chazy, a Class D co-champ last fall, is the only 2013 NYSPHSAA tournament winner to start this season at No. 1 in the first NYSSWA rankings.
Chazy shared the Class D title last season with Jasper-Troupsburg, which opens the year at No. 5. Chazy is off to a 4-1 start and J-T is 4-0. The early blemish on Chazy's record was a 2-1 loss to Beekmantown, ranked 12th in Class B, in the season-opener late last month.
The only other defending champion earning a ranking to start the new season is Massapequa, which is No. 5 in Class AA.
Besides Chazy, the other No. 1's in the inaugural rankings are Arlington (Class AA), Honeoye Falls-Lima (A), Livonia (B) and Lansing (C). Livonia is off to a 4-0 start, having outscored opponents by a combined 18-0 thus far.
The full set of rankings is available here.
Girls cross country: Only one defending NYSPHSAA team champion starts the new season at No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association ratings, but the other three titlists are in the vicinity.
Fayetteville-Manlius, winner of eight straight championships, is atop Class A and is followed by Saratoga, the winner of six consecutive titles immediately before the start of F-M's streak.
In Class B, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake holds down No. 1, with 2013 champion Queensbury fifth. In Class C, East Aurora, which won six straight state "B" crowns from 2005-10, starts off one position ahead of Bronxville, which has won the last six Class C trophies.
Beaver River starts off with the Class D No. 1 ranking, with defending champ Tully second.
The full set of rankings can be found here.
By the way, Fayetteville-Manlius posted perfect scores in the large-school boys and girls races Saturday during the 11th annual Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational. Junior Samantha Levy won in 18:48.7 as F-M swept the first nine spots and 20 of the top 26 positions.
In the boys race, Bryce Millar won in a sizzling 15:44.5.
Following up: A few football leftovers from the weekend ...
• Justin Hoagland made the most of his scant opportunities in Whitehall's 54-6 win over Pine Plains. He scored two touchdowns in three carries and tossed a pair of TD passes on his only attempts through the air.
• The biggest game played in New York didn't even involve a New York team. New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep defeated Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 24-7 on Saturday at West Point's Michie Stadium.
Don Bosco entered the game ranked No. 12 nationally by MaxPreps and Scout.com, and No. 21 by USA Today. STA entered at No. 1 by Scout.com, No. 2 by USA Today and No. 3 by MaxPreps.
• Panama lost three running backs to injuries during a 26-14 loss to Cattaraugus/Little Valley. Among them was Kyle Saxton, who ran for 890 yards last season. He