Leading off today:
This feels like as good a day as any to clean out the notebook, catching up on some news and notes that haven't made it online here yet. In other words, I didn't feel like working on updating the reference section on RoadToSyracuse.com
Lacrosse rules changes: Faceoffs in boys lacrosse will have a new look in 2016 following rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations announced recently.
The faceoff rules have been rewritten so that the official will be placing the ball after the players on the X are down rather than before. Players will still be required to remain motionless after the official says "set" and until the whistle is blown.
Rules were also revised to address issues with the ball becoming stuck in the crosse, including the back of the crosse after a faceoff. A player cannot carry the ball in the back of the stick. However, it is legal to clamp the ball with the back of the stick -- if it is moved, raked or directed immediately (i.e., within one step).
In another change, a new "over and back" rule makes it a turnover or a play-on if the offensive team directs the ball into its defensive half of the field once it has been advanced into the goal area.
Under the heading of points of emphasis, it's being recommended that coaches not teach or encourage field players to block the goal when the goalkeeper is out of position.
The new Suburban Council: When practice in fall sports starts Monday, athletes from Albany, Albany CBA, Schenectady and Troy will be a step closer to their debut in the Suburban Council in Section 2. Those schools were independents last year following the demise of the Big 10, and their arrival makes the Suburban Council a 16-school league.
According to The Daily Gazette, Suburban Council schools account for nearly half of Section 2's enrollment.
Hitting the road: The Rochester region's leading exports used to be Eastman Kodak photographic film and Xerox copiers. Lately, Section 5 schools have been supplying a new No. 1 export: athletes who haven't yet graduated.
In its Porter Cup coverage this month, The Buffalo News reported that Pittsford golfer Will Thomson, who completed eighth grade this spring, is relocating to Florida with his family after having compiled an exceptional resume in his best sport.
Thomson finished tied for eighth and then tied for 14th in his two appearances in the NYSPHSAA championships. A year ago, he became the youngest competitor in U.S. Men's Amateur history by qualifying at the age of 13.
He'll start school in Naples, Fla., this month but hopes to spend portions of his summers back in the Rochester area to reunite with friends and play some of his favorite events.
Besides a long list of hockey players (common for many regions of the state) to leave before graduating, Thomson joins big names like Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearney basketball) and Jordan Allen (Aquinas soccer) that have left early. Later this summer, John Lombardi (Irondequoit football and lacrosse) and Noah DeHond (McQuaid football) head off to out-of-state prep schools.
DeHond, by the way, is soaring to rarefied-air territory among Class of 2017 offensive line prospects. There isn't a