Leading off today:
The game within the game was as good as the game itself when Irvington and Woodlands stepped onto the court Monday for the girls Section 1 Class B basketball championship.
Irvington won 77-68 to avenge a regular-season loss and advance to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, but the running battle between Irvington junior Lindsay Halpin and Woodlands freshman Teisha Hyman is what made the contest at the Westchester County Center so memorable.
Hyman, a career 1,000-point scorer through three varsity seasons, connected for 45 points and Halpin scored 42 en route to her second straight MVP award.
"She hit some, I hit some, and my teammates just happened to hit the other ones," Halpin told The Journal News.
Massena advances: Nate Bressard scored 2:23 into overtime, giving Massena a 3-2 victory over Canton in the Section 10 Division I hockey championship game Monday.
The Red Raiders had gone 0-1-1 vs. Canton during the regular season but won when it mattered most to collect their fifth straight sectional title.
Said Massena coach Mike Trimboli, "It's all about how you finish. That's what we tell these guys all year. It was a great battle, I take nothing away from Canton's effort."
More hockey: The three Western New York hockey championship games were rematches of 2015 finals, and all three ended with wins for last year's runners-up.
Kenmore East senior Trevor Pray recorded a natural hat trick and scored all of his team's goals in a 5-2 triumph over Williamsville East in the Section 6 Division II final. The five goals by one player in a sectional final is a record, The Buffalo News reported.
Williamsville North downed four-time defending Division I champion Niagara-Wheatfield 1-0 behind 27 saves by Jake Zurat to make Adam Batz's first-period goal stand up.
The Spartans had lost three times to Niagara-Wheatfield in the final during the Falcons' four-year title run.
"It's been long overdue to say the least," coach Bob Rosen said. "Niagara-Wheatfield did a great job with doing little things that prevented us from getting some opportunities but I really loved how my team competed today on everything, how they stuck together as a team and we won this as a team."
In the Monsignor Martin final, St. Joe's defeated Canisius 4-0 for its third championship in four seasons. Sophomore Daniel Mikolajczak made 15 saves for the shutout as the Marauders won their 20th straight game.
St. Joe's broke a scoreless tie late in the second period on the power play.
An estimated 5,000 attended the tripleheader at First Niagara Center.
F-M picks up a prospect: Fayetteville-Manlius is picking up a three-star college football prospect courtesy of Syracuse University.
Scout.com reports that Eric Coley has not yet committed but he was offered by the Orange over the weekend when