Leading off today:
If this was a preview of the Section 8 final, sign me up for a couple of tickets right now.
Junior Ryan Tierney scored his 30th goal of the season with 2:54 left in the first overtime to lift Massapequa, ranked second in the state in Class A, to a 7-6 victory over No. 1 Syosset in a highly anticipated boys lacrosse game Friday. It extended Massapequa's winning streak to 29 games.
Massapequa rallied from two goals down after three quarters.
"It was a huge character check for us," senior Griff Konen told MSG Varsity. "Obviously we haven't had many games like this. For us to be down like that, come back and win it OT like that in a big game with a lot of penalties, it was awesome."
Konen registered a hat trick. He scored early in the fourth quarter to tie, but sophomore Matthew Benus put Syosset back ahead with 5:59 left in regulation. Massapequa's Paul Dilena responded 37 seconds later.
Junior Lucas Cotler had two goals and two assists in a losing cause.
The game could be a preview of the Nassau County Class A final next month at Hofstra.
"That would be awesome," Tierney said. "I'm hoping to see them again."
Official recovering: A longtime track official injured at the Red Raider Relays last week at North Rockland was released from Nyack Hospital and plans to officiate again, The Journal News reported.
Walter Watson, 83, spent three days in surgical intensive care unit before surgery was deemed unnecessary. Watson suffered a concussion and broken nose in a mishap while officiating the pentathlon long jump. He was struck by Bradley Pierre when crossing the neighboring triple jump runway as the Bay Shore senior was taking a practice run.
"I never saw him at all," Watson told the paper. "Apparently, I stepped into the runway and he didn't see me until the last minute,"
Watson, who coached cross country at Woodlands before coaching track and cross country at Ardsley, has been an official for 17 years.
College on hold: Chester quarterback Vinny Aloi, a first-team all-state selection in Class D last fall, is going the prep school route.
The Times Herald-Record reported several Football Championship Subdivision schools pursued Aloi as a preferred walk-on, but he's looking for at least a partial scholarship. So instead of heading to a college in the fall, he will enroll at Jirah Prep School in Matthews, N.C.
Aloi threw for 2,164 yards with a Section 9-record 37 touchdowns last fall to carry Chester to the NYSPHSAA final at the Carrier Dome. He was intercepted just three times.
"I know a lot of people are doubting me because I'm from a small school," he said. "I want to prove those teams wrong."
Taking precautions: Curtis High football player Miles Kirkland-Thomas, who died after collapsing at practice on Labor Day, will be remembered at an event on Staten Island next weekend.
An autopsy determined Kirkland-Thomas had a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an abnormal thickening of the heart muscle that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.