Leading off today:
Ursuline's decade-in-the-making 101-meet winning streak
in girls swimming came to an end Tuesday at the hands of Clarkstown, 96-82. Clarkstown's Briana Keaveney and Meaghan McGovern won the 50- and 200-yard freestyle swims, while Julia Donovan scored the highest in diving.
Long wait over: The Batavia/Alexander boys soccer team ended a 27-year dry spell between Section 5 boys soccer tournament wins by defeating Geneva 2-1 in overtime in the opening round of the Class A2 playoffs. Jeremy Boyle scored the game-winner 10 minutes into the first overtime off of an assist from Quinten Weis.
Milestone: Orchard Park coach Matt Lexner earned his 300th boys volleyball win with a five-setter over St. Joe's. The Quakers won 19-25, 18-25, 30-28, 25-17, 25-22.
"We started slow but luckily we really got going," Lexner told The Buffalo News. "We just were able to start passing the ball better. It's simple cause and effect: Pass better and you get better chances at the net."
Ex-QB, coach dies: Glenn "Dean" Loucks, an All-American quarterback who led White Plains to three consecutive undefeated seasons beginning in 1950 and later coached the team, died Friday at the age of 79.
Loucks, son of the legendary White Plains football coach, went on to play at Yale University, where he earned All-Ivy League and All-East honors, and came back to White Plains to coach from 1960-68. He later coached at Fordham University and Iona College.
Season over: The Greenport/Southold/Mattituck football team's 19-0 loss to Port Jefferson last week will be its last game of the 2014 season, school officials decided.
A lack of healthy players forced the decision to forfeit to John Glenn this weekend and then Wyandanch in the regular-season finale. Greenport AD Jim Caliendo said the Porters, who started the season with 22 players and won two of their six games, were left with only 13 healthy players. They were missing eight players, including seven starters, in the loss to Port Jefferson.
Community reacts: The Whitehall community reacted with disbelief and anger Tuesday over the firing of football coach Justin Culligan, The Post-Star reported.
A rally by more than 100 players, students, parents and fans was held at a park in support of Culligan, who was dismissed as coach of the state's eighth-ranked Class D team in the aftermath of Saturday's fight-marred game vs. Rensselaer. The contest was stopped by officials midway through the third quarter.
Superintendent Elizabeth Legault was not available for comment, the paper reported, but issued a statement saying, in part, “We appreciate and thank all who would like to support and discuss this internal issue; however at this time please allow our players and coaches to focus on post season (sic) play!"
AD Keith Redmond would not comment other than to confirm that he has been appointed "overseer of the program," and that the rest of the coaching staff remains intact.
"My kids love this guy; I'd say 95 percent of the kids love this coach," Dave Thomas, a father of two varsity football players, told the paper. "He's turned the program around. It seems that everybody is for this guy except for the board."
Meeting preview: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Executive Committee will meet Thursday in Troy, and the agenda is fairly packed.
Among the major issues to be addressed:
• After what seems like an eternity, much-debated changes to the transfer rule are expected to finally come up