Leading off today:
Two Section 4 seniors are among four athletes selected football players of the year for the 2014 season, the New York State Sportswriters Association announced Wednesday.
Maine-Endwell running back/defensive back Adam Gallagher was selected the player of the year in Class B, and running back/linebacker Ryan Bronson of Chenango Forks was named player of the year in Class C. The Class D player of the year award is shared by Randolph seniors Bryce Morrison, a quarterback/defensive back, and Michael Bowers, an offensive lineman.
The announcement coincides with the release of the all-state team for Classes B, C and D.
Gallagher is joined on the Class B first team by a pair of teammates from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship team -- defensive back Michael Palmer and defensive lineman Jake Felice.
Chenango Forks' three other first-teamers are offensive lineman John Hardy, linebacker Hunter Luybli and defensive back Jack Sherwood.
The Randolph selections are joined on the first team by teammates Devyn Nelsen, a running back; Jeff Andrews, a defensive lineman; and Tyler Stahley, a defensive back.
A few links related to the all-state football team announcement:
• 2014 Class B all-state team
• 2014 Class C all-state team
• 2014 Class D all-state team
• Recent NYSSWA players of the year
• All-state teams, 2000-13
• Final 2014 B-C-D state rankings
The Class AA and A all-star teams will be announced next week.
Red Jacket coach resigns: Marc Vitticore, 27-4 in three seasons with a pair of trips to the NYSPHSAA Class D quarterfinals, has resigned as football coach at Red Jacket.
Vitticore, 35, a teacher in the Fairport district, cited a desire to spend more time closer to home. He has a 17-month-old son.
"I'm ready to commit more time here," Vitticore told the Democrat and Chronicle.
Vitticore should have no trouble landing another position as head coach once he's ready to return. Observers in Section 5 frequently cite him as a guy who would be high on the wish list of numerous Monroe County and Finger Lakes schools. His Fairport connection makes his a logical candidate to eventually succeed Dave Whitcomb there.
As good as anticipated: Tuesday's game between two boys basketball teams ranked No. 1 in the state lived up to the hype. Waterville and New York Mills, from Class C and D, respectively played a nail-biter before Waterville prevailed 58-54.
The result snapped New York Mills' 22-game winning streak.
"We needed this," Waterville senior center Hunter Williams told The Observer-Dispatch after finishing with 17 points, including a three-point play that gave the Indians (9-0) the lead for good with 3:18 to play. "This was kind of a wake-up call for us -- that we've still got some work to do."
Williams also had 12 rebounds, and Zach Sawyer added 18 points and eight rebounds for Waterville, which trailed after one quarter for the first time this season but held New York Mills scoreless for the final 3:32 of the fourth quarter.
Junior Terrence Nichols led New York Mills (6-1) with 17 points. The teams will meet again Feb. 12 at New York Mills to conclude the regular season.
"I really can't complain," Marauders coach Mike Adey told the paper. "This is their home court, and they had three people for every one of ours. ... We just made a few mistakes that hurt us."
More boys basketball: Syracuse Henninger, ranked 19th in Class AA, fought off Utica Proctor 78-73 in double