Leading off today:
Arlington, top-ranked in the NYSSWA's boys Class AA soccer ratings, registered its seventh straight victory
Tuesday by beating No. 9 John Jay East Fishkill 1-0.
George Pogyo scored off an assist from Dylan Ashong with 12 minutes remaining. Ryan Wilson finished with six saves for the shutout.
"It was a great match, typical Arlington-Jay matchup with two very good teams playing hard," Admirals coach Craig Sanborn told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "What I'm learning is we are smaller than we were last year, but we are just as tough. These young kids are showing us a lot with their toughness and it was one of my fears with this match. We only have a few guys who have experienced this type of match. They did a great job."
Scoring frenzy: Mamaroneck gave away all of a three-goal lead in the second half and then recovered for a 5-4 girls soccer victory over Ursuline.
Abigail Dolgos' third goal of the day, with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation, pulled Ursuline into a tie. Paulina Paras scored for Mamaroneck early in the first OT, only to see Dolgos notch her fourth goal with about 1:30 left.
The tie didn't last, though, as sophomore Olivia Rodrigues netted her own fourth goal of the day in the second overtime and Mamaroneck secured the win.
Awards time: And today's award for the best throw-away remark to conclude a soccer notebook goes to Greg Brownell at The Post-Star:
"I was hugged by a referee today. Don't ask me to explain that."
Football rankings: Four of the five defending NYSPHSAA tournament champions are starting the 2014 season at No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association rankings released Wednesday morning.
Canisius is the top-ranked Class AA squad following its 34-0 Week 2 win over defending NYSPHSAA champion Aquinas. The Little Irish Open the year at No. 11. Canisius and No. 3 Jamestown are on a collision course for a Sept. 26 game at Jamestown.
The other No. 1 teams this week are Queensbury (Class A), three-time defending state champ Maine-Endwell (B), Chenango Forks (C) and Randolph (D).
Babylon, which won a Long Island bowl championship in 2013 to share the top spot in the NYSSWA Class C rankings, moved up in class this fall and starts the year at No. 7 in "B." Randolph starts off atop the "D" rankings despite an opening 24-12 loss to Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake, which opens at No. 4 in Class C.
Links to the class-by-class football rankings as well as our ratings in other sports throughout the school year can be found on the NYSSWA rankings home page.
Still on the job: The 2014 season marks the 45th consecutive year that retired Post-Standard preps guru Neil Kerr is editing the New York State Sportswriters football rankings. Organization co-founders Chuck Korbar and Larry Serrell handled the responsibility for the first three years (1967-69).
"Chuck asked me to do the job 'for a year or two' starting in 1970," Kerr recalled this week. "This is my 45th season, so if anyone else wants to do the rankings 'for a year or two,' let me know please."
Neil's joking about that (we hope), but now is as good a time as any to remind our readers that we welcome any interest you might have in assisting us in a variety of roles. For instance, we are currently looking for someone interested in taking over as the girls basketball editor with responsibility for handling the weekly rankings in Classes AA, A and B.
Also, I've responded to email inquiries from readers by noting that we'd love to be able to provide weekly rankings in boys volleyball, girls volleyball, field hockey, boys swimming and girls swimming but simply do not have the infrastructure to support it. On the other hand, if you have an interest in putting together the network of helpers necessary to make it work, send me an email.
No surgery needed: The broken left (non-throwing) wrist of Aquinas junior quarterback Jake Zembiec, the state's Class AA player of the year last fall, will not require surgery, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
Zembiec will be in a cast for up to six weeks but could return for the Section 5 playoffs.
"He's going to have a cast and do some rehab," Aquinas coach Chris Battaglia said. "I told him that I don't want him to do anything to jeopardize his career after high school."