Leading off today:
Believe it or not, the controversy of the Lancaster nickname and mascot is all but certain to heat up again this summer based upon the results of Tuesday's school votes.
With the ongoing battle about the recently retired Redskins nickname easily overshadowing other issues such as the proposed budget, district voters tossed out two Lancaster school board incumbents who voted to do away with the mascot this spring.
Voters overwhelmingly backed the new budget, a bus proposition and a $57.3 million capital project but unseated incumbent board members Wendy Buchert and Kimberly Nowak. Redskins supporters erupted in joy when results showed pro-Redskins candidates Brenda Christopher and Kelly Depczynski had captured seats, The Buffalo News reported.
"The people have spoken. We have finally been heard," said Christopher, who had served on the board until 2013.
Students in the district are schedule to vote next week on a new nickname and mascot, but the issue could move front-and-center again once Christopher and Depczynski take their seats.
"Honestly, I think it's just a sad day for Lancaster," Nowak told the paper. "They had a chance for integrity and they chose drama, instead."
Manhasset advances: Thomas Duran scored 1:16 into overtime to give sixth-ranked Manhasset an 8-7 victory over longtime rival and eighth-ranked Garden City in a Section 8 Class B lacrosse semifinal between state-ranked teams.
Garden City, down 7-5 late in the game, had forced a turnover and tied with :26 to go in regulation on J.P. Basile's goal.
Manhasset moved on, though, as Jack Keough timed his pass to Duran perfectly as his teammate cut to the cage.
"We had run that play a lot during the game and coach called it," Keogh told Newsday. "We knew they'd come back. They're such a well-coached team."
Hockey coach dies: Services will be held Friday for former Niskayuna/Schenectady hockey coach Todd Templeton, who died from colon cancer on Tuesday at the age of 48, The Daily Gazette reported.
After serving as an assistant coach for three seasons, Templeton took the head position for the 1994-95 season and remained in charge through the 2012-13 season.
"The one thing I take away the most was the way he treated his players," said former assistant Juan de la Rocha, now the Shenendehowa coach. "The kids who played for him usually loved him. He was a nice guy. He really didn't have a mean bone in his body. He just wanted to share his love of the game with the kids he coached, and he was a good mentor to those kids."
Worth the wait: Two-sport Syracuse Henninger star Romero Collier went down to just about the last minute before finally picking up the opportunity to continue his basketball career at the Division I level.
The all-star quarterback and point guard recently accepted a scholarship offer from Niagara.
"They're in need of a point guard. And I really think he can flourish in that league," Henninger coach Erik Saroney told Syracuse.com.