Leading off today:
An impressive weekend showing at the McQuaid Invitational
allowed Liverpool to leapfrog Fayetteville-Manlius into the No. 1 in the boys state cross country rankings. Barring a similar performance this weekend, the Warriors' time at the top may be short-lived.
Fayetteville-Manlius, ranked No. 2 this week, scored a 24-31 win over Liverpool on Wednesday during a CNY Counties League triangular. Liverpool's Ben Petrella won in 15:34, but F-M swept the next four spots paced by Peter Ryan (15:51) and Patrick Perry (15:52).
F-M and Liverpool are slated to go head-to-head Saturday in the Boys Eastern States Championship during the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park.
Boys volleyball: Undefeated Canisius (20-0) swept past Eden 25-16, 31-29, 25-30 in a clash of top Western New York teams.
Griffin Schmit led Canisius with 15 kills,and Devin Joslyn added 11.
Boys soccer: Fort Ann, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class D, scored a 3-1 win over Lake George, the No. 15 Class C squad, on the strength of two goals before halftime from junior midfielder Garrett Bailey.
Bailey's second goal came on a penalty kick 7:45 before the half, giving him 22 goals for the season.
The Warriors closed to 2-1 on Alex Jones' goal early in the second half, but Tyler Ward restored the two-goal advantage for Fort Ann (14-0).
Fort Ann has outscored opponents 105-2 this fall. Lake George had surrendered just two goals all year entering the game.
Girls soccer: Bath midfielder/defender Mackenzie Smith is training this week with the U.S. Women's National Under-19 team in Carson, Calif., as one of 24 invitees as the staff continues evaluations ahead of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papau, New Guinea.
There are no New Yorkers in the list of invitees for next week's U-17 and U-16 camps in California.
Following up: The Rye School District will not appeal Monday's ruling by the Section 1 Athletic Council that upholds an earlier decision prohibiting two boys from playing on the varsity field hockey team, The Journal News reported.
A statement from the district cited time as a factor in not taking the case to the NYSPHSAA since the undefeated team's regular season ends Oct. 19.
Scholarship-fueled behavior? North Salem AD Henry Sassone neatly summarized a significant issue in scholastic sports last week in an interview with The Journal News.
In a feature about how players and their parents are creating a demand for athletic scholarships where the