Leading off today:
Daniel Lauture's tenure at Pearl River as the replacement for Lorraine Moylan, the winningest girls basketball coach in Rockland County history, is over after one season and a 13-7 record.
Lauture told The Journal News he met with the players Tuesday to explain he has taken a full-time teaching job in Stamford, Conn., where he lives. Lauture had hoped the tip-off of games could be pushed back from 4:30 p.m. starts to accommodate his commutes, but said AD Todd Santabarbara was "unwilling" to switch.
"I really don't think it's 'leaving' (Pearl River)," Lauture told the paper. "It feels like I'm being forced out a little."
Lauture said when he accepted the Pearl River position, he informed Santabarbara that he was looking for a full-time teaching position. When he accepted the Stamford position, Lauture said he did so because of its location and because "I thought I had established a rapport with the administration and athletic department that if any job came along, we could kind of move forward."
He said numerous opposing coaches were willing to switch game times when they played Pearl River.
Santabarbara told the paper the coach's new work obligations would not allow enough time to handle all the responsibilities of the job, such as scouting.
Milestone: Sophomore Marissa Birzone scored four goals as Williamsville East blanked Ellicottville 5-0 in non-league girls soccer Friday. Julianna Panepento and Jess Koch shared the shutout.
The win was the 300th in the coaching career of Williamsville East's Chris Durr, who is in his 20th season. "It's a nice milestone for me," Durr told The Buffalo News, "but shows I've coached a lot of great players over the years."
More stellar soccer numbers: Minerva/Newcomb's Makenzie Winslow scored five goals Friday, raising her season total to 34.
A day earlier, Christian Central outslugged Buffalo's Cardinal O'Hara 10-5 on the strength of junior Tahelah Noal's seven goals to run her career total to 101 -- just three short of the school record. She has 29 goals this season.
Rejoining the win column: The state's two longest football losing streaks are over.
Newfield beat Groton 22-14 on Thursday to end its string of misfortune at 22 games. On Friday, South Glens Falls downed Green Tech 20-12 to put a stop to its 19-game losing streak.
If you 'billed' it, they will come: I'm not sure whether you'll laugh or cry, but I don't think you'll just dismiss this story with a non-committal "hurrumpf."
The Buffalo News reported recently that work is wrapping up this fall on upgraded athletic facilities in the Niagara Falls School District -- $17 million worth of improvements, to be precise.
If that sounds like an enormous amount of money, don't feel badly for the residents of Niagara Falls. It's basically everyone except the residents of Niagara Falls who are