Leading off today:
It looks as though Beekmantown's reign as the No. 1 team in boys Division II hockey will be a one-and-done affair.
Connor Preston scored at the 2:45 mark of overtime to lift Lake Placid to a 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Beekmantown on Wednesday at SUNY Plattsburgh.
The Eagles ascended to No. 1 in the NYSSWA r0ankings this week. Lake Placid came into the contest ranked 10th in Division II.
Preston told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise a loss to Beekmantown in the league championship game provided the Blue Bombers with inspiration.
"It was amazing taking down the No. 1 ranked team in the state. It was a lot of fun," Preston said. "We were the underdogs going in, especially after losing the championship game to them last year. We've been looking forward to this game all year. It's been a big game in our books and we weren't going to lose to them again."
Lake Placid had drawn even less than a minute into the second period on a Chris Williams goal after collecting the rebound of a Lucas Strack shot.
Veteran coach dies: Gary Dillingham, a longtime varsity and junior high coach for Cortland and Section 3 wrestling hall of fame member, died following an apparent heart attack during a match at the school Wednesday, Syracuse.com reported.
Dillingham was keeping statistics at a multi-team meet when he collapsed, Cortland Superintendent Michael Hoose told the website. Dillingham, who was retired from teaching, had been helping to coach middle school wrestlers, Hoose said. He coached Cortland's varsity for 19 years in the 1960s and '70s, winning a pair of sectional championships.
McDonald's selections: Rosters for the McDonald's All-American basketball games were announced Wednesday, with New York landing one boy and one girl on the squads.
Our Savior New American forward Cheick Diallo is on the boys roster, and South Shore forward Brianna Fraser is on the girls squad for the all-senior contests in Chicago. Thomas Bryant, who left Bishop Kearney in Rochester after his sophomore season to enroll at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, was also selected.
Meeting preview: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Executive Committee will hold a conference call Friday, and the agenda is pretty lengthy. I've touched on a few items (an OK for moving the boys volleyball championships to Suffolk Community College while keeping the girls in Glens Falls; possibly eliminating the international tiebreaker for the girls softball state semifinals and finals; a vote to likely stage the first competitive cheerleading championships in Syracuse) in recent blogs, but here are a few more meaty topics scheduled for votes:
(1) The Executive Committee is being asked to approve balancing the maximum number of contests for various sports to get them in to closer alignment with the lengths of the fall, winter and spring seasons. The primary short-term effect is to cut the maximum schedules for golf and tennis teams from 18 contests per season to 16.
In the bigger picture, it confirms that the old days of 24-game maximums for baseball, softball, volleyball and ice hockey are officially over. They all came down in the NYSPHSAA-mandated cuts in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, and it's been a longshot at best that the longer schedules would ever return. However, the meeting notes do point out that the proposed contest adjustment is based in part on the assumption that basketball increases from 19 games if the current NYSPHSAA moratorium on 20-game seasons expires in June as scheduled.
Hand-in-hand with the above item will be a vote on adopting the National Federation's standard annual calendar, which has been a goal of NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas. By binding annual events (i.e., the start of the season, the weekends for various state championships, etc.) to a specific week number -- for example, the Monday of Week 8 will always mark the start