Leading off today:
Chenango Forks may be ranked No. 1, but time at the top hasn't created complacency. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin
, the Blue Devils may be going to a two-quarterback section for the remainder of their playoff run.
After L.J. Watson went out in Week 6 with a hip injury, coach Dave Hogan began prepping Tony Silvanic at quarterback for work in the regular-season finale, which never happened due to a forfeit. Watson returned for the Section 4 quarterfinals, but Silvanic got playing time during the 43-27 win over Chenango Valley.
Silvanic came in during the second quarter and the Blue Devils scored 22 points in the quarter, including three touchdowns by Watson.
"We're not going to give up on either thing," Hogan told the paper. "Today, it seemed it was working better with Tony at quarterback. Certainly, there are pros and cons with both. They're both going to be playing some quarterback."
Ready for wrestling? New York Wrestling News has a preview of this weekend's Super 32 Challenge, a North Carolina event that is one of the more significant offseason tournament for high school wrestlers.
With competitors from all over the country making the journey to North Carolina, some of the brackets are so insanely large that it will take eight victories to win the weight class.
Numerous New Yorkers are entered, including three-time NYSPHSAA champ Yianni Diakomihalis of Hilton. Diakomihalis won the Super 32 at 106 pounds and then 120 in the past two years but moves up to 132 this weekend. The field includes Chad Red of Indiana, ranked No. 1 nationally.
By the way, one of the entries at 220 pounds is William Hilliard, third at the state meet last winter for Phoenix. Hilliard transferred over the summer to Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania.
Canandaigua mourns: Recent graduate Courtney Wagner, a Canandaigua athlete whose four-year battle with cancer was an inspirational story throughout the region, died Monday. She was 18.
Wagner was a freshman at William Smith College and on its soccer team, which has worn T-shirts this fall that read "Courtney's Crew." She had to stop attending classes early last month as an MRI revealed that the cancer first diagnosed in 2011 was spreading.
A social media push resulted in Wagner appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show last March.
Football schedule: Our Week 9 page is updated to include sectional semifinal pairings as well as consolation and crossover matchups.
On his way to retirement: Wednesday's Section 5 semifinal vs. Attica will be the 800th for North Rose-Wolcott boys soccer coach Gordon "Scotty" Martin, 74, who announced before the season he will be retiring.
His career has included eight Section 5 championships won in three different decades, state runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1995 and nine Wayne County titles. Martin, 439-278-82 overall, is at the point in his career where he has started coaching boys whose grandfathers played for him.