Leading off today:
Briana Keaveney did it all Thursday.
The Clarkstown South senior drove in both runs in the top of the eighth inning and then went on to complete her no-hitter to beat Kingston 2-0 in the first round of the NYSPHSAA Class AA softball tournament.
She walked one batter and hit one other. She got big-play defensive support in the bottom of the seventh from third basemen Caroline Koch and first baseman Nicole Ritsick.
Clarkstown South is ranked No. 1 and Kingston No. 2 in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Another first-round game between Sections 1 and 9 was equally as dramatic. Kirsten McGarvey’s walk-off, bunt single in a two-run seventh inning gave Pearl River a 3-2 win over Goshen in Class A.
Pearl River's Jesse McCarthy hit a leadoff double, moved to third on Kaitlyn Amato's sacrifice and tied the game on a suicide squeeze by Jules Madigan. Caroline Alicandri singled Madigan to third, and McGarvey completed the rally.
Goshen had rallied to a Section 9 championship after opening its season with seven straight losses.
Huge hitting display: Averill Park ripped Peru 21-0 in another Class A softball first-rounder as McKenzie Bump and Caraline Wood went a combined 9-for-12 with six extra-base hits and 11 runs batted in.
Wood pitched three one-hit innings, and Amelia Mamone took over in the bottom of the fourth and finished off the shutout, striking out six and not allowing a hit.
In another one-hitter, Saranac blanked Ogdensburg 9-0. Tori Trim pitched the complete game and fanned 11.
Senior Summer Gillespie led the Chiefs offense by going 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs scored. She stole three bases.
Fun track stories, Part 1: That was no ordinary school record that East Aurora's Jack Zagrobelny broke last weekend.
The mark in the 400-meter hurdles had stood since 1984. Even better, the old mark had belonged to Steve Zagrobelny -- Jack's father.
Jack's time of 55.81 seconds bettered his father's :56.4.
"Running the hurdles has never been something in track that most aspire to do. That is to say that they usually have to be 'volunteered' by the coach," Steve Zagrobelny, a member of the East Aurora school board, said in a statement reported by The Buffalo News. "It was that way when I ran track, and it hasn't changed much since then."
Jack, who plans to try walking on to the track team at Xavier next year, also broke a 34-year-old school swimming mark for the 100-yard breaststroke last season, the paper reported.
Quick note: The story makes reference to Jack Zagrobelny having the state's fastest hurdles time so far