Leading off today:
Mamaroneck senior runner Katie DeVore broke a long-standing building record Wednesday en route to a victory at the Rockland Coaches Invitational.
DeVore clocked 2 minutes, 55.79 seconds in the 1,000 meters to break Suffern star Nancy Rosenfeld's 33-year-old Rockland Community College Fieldhouse high school record of 2:56.4. DeVore's personal best had been 2:55.79 at the state indoor championships as a freshman.
DeVore overtook North Rockland junior Alex Harris in the closing meters, and Harris (2:55.8) also eclipsed Rosenfeld's mark.
"I can't believe it. I'm so happy now," DeVore, who'll run for Penn next season, told The Journal News. "I remember trying to beat my PR for so long. I just needed to get back into the groove."
End of an era: It's the end of the line for Monroe-Woodbury's enormously successful football collaboration.
Crusaders coach Jim Hintze and offensive coordinator Pat D'Aliso have both stepped down, MSG Varsity reported.
Hintze served as the head coach for one season, but worked with D'Aliso at Monroe-Woodbury since 1987. D'Aliso, 61, resigned as the head coach in 2011 after 24 years but stayed on as offensive coordinator. He is Section 9's
winningest coach (194-49) and led Monroe-Woodbury to 11 Section 9 championships and one NYSPHSAA Class AA crown in four trips to the final.
"I don't want to say I'm retiring because I don't know what the future holds," D'Aliso said. "The best thing I can say really at this point why I'm making this decision is that I've been involved in football for 45 straight years as a player, as a coach and I'm exhausted. I'm not sure if I'm burnt out and need some time off, or if I'm finished coaching football. I'm going to take this year off."
AD Ron Montalto said assistant coach James Sciarra, formerly Warwick's head football coach, will also not return next year. Montalto said a search for the Crusaders' next head coach has begun.
Hintze took over as head coach for Bernie Connolly, who had previously served as D'Aliso's offensive or defensive coordinator for 24 years. Connolly stepped down after three years in December 2014.
Said Newburgh coach Bill Bianco: "Those guys at Monroe-Woodbury have been kind of like the driving force in our section for everybody. They have been stable and have forced everyone to get better. They are the model of consistency and set the pace for 'AA' and I think everyone else."