Leading off today:
Devin Callahan threw four of his five touchdown passes to running back Tommy Hagen to carry Skaneateles to a 38-35 football victory
over Marcellus on Thursday.
Hagen also kicked a 27-yard field goal just before the half.
After spotting Marcellus a 7-0 lead, Callahan directed three straight touchdown drives, two ending with throws to Hagen and one to Cross Bianchi.
Into the record books: Rachel Curtis scored her 78th career goal, breaking a school record for C.G. Finney, in a 1-0 girls soccer victory over Lima Christian.
Impending milestone: Ravena hosts Hudson Falls in a football game tonight that presents Indians coach and state football chairman Gary VanDerzee with an opportunity to notch career victory No. 200, which would make him just the fourth Section 2 coach to reach that plateau.
VanDerzee has guided Ravena to four sectional titles and a trip to the 1996 state finals. His Indians went 47-49-4 from 1983-93 but they are 152-56 since.
As reported by The Times Union, VanDerzee nearly gave up the job before the 2007 season when he decided to retire from teaching. Assistant coach Bob Dorrance, who stood to inherit the top job, helped talk his boss into staying.
"He still wanted to coach. Gary was stepping aside for the wrong reasons," Dorrance said.
Dorrance believes VanDerzee still has plenty left before hanging up the whistle.
"We have laughs on the practice field and laughs in the meeting room. Gary still enjoys it and can reach high school athletes, so there is no reason to change," Dorrance said.
Corcoran coach to miss season: Jim Marsh, whose Syracuse Corcoran girls basketball teams have won eight Section 3 and two NYSPHSAA championships, will not be on the bench this winter for the first time in 32 seasons.
Marsh, 54, is being treated in New York City and Syracuse for Stage 4 liver cancer, Syracuse.com reported Thursday. Already, plans are in the works for a benefit to help defray costs for Marsh and his family. A 32-team girls tournament -- "Marsh Madness" -- is being planned for Nov. 7 by area coaches and Corcoran officials. Also, a former player started a GoFundMe site that had raised more than $6,100 by mid-day Friday.
Marsh was diagnosed in June after suffering abdominal pains. Initial tests revealed colon cancer, and a CAT scan showed more cancer in his liver. Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan operated last month, removing nearly half of Marsh's intestine and inserting a device that pumps chemotherapy drugs directly into his liver. If all goes according to plan, the treatments will limit the cancer spots in his liver to an extent that would allow doctors to remove part of the organ but leave him with a functioning liver, he said.
Marsh, who has won 493 games, only discussed his illness once word started getting around and plans for the tournament started to emerge. He wasn't in school this week to start another year as a health education teacher but met with players to let them know he would be taking a year off from coaching.
"I'm a pretty average, ordinary guy that's been fortunate enough to coach some pretty special kids and stick around