Leading off today:
Mamaroneck won its first NYSPHSAA Division 1 hockey championship Sunday in Buffalo, but not without -- literally -- some last-second drama.
Junior Tommy Spero made 27 saves to make Michael Carducci's goal 3:24 into the game stand up for a 1-0 win over West Genesee at HarborCenter.
"I promised (coach Mike Chiapparelli) when I was 8 years old that I was going to win him a state title," Spero told The Journal News. "I wasn't going to break that promise.'
Said Chiapparelli: "He actually told the guys, 'Get out of my way, I'll stop everything. Just don't screen me,'" Chiapparelli said. "It was the only thing he was worried about."
The best of West Genesee's third-period scoring chances came in the closing seconds of the game during a wild scramble in the crease after the Wildcats pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. The goal light came on, but the referee emphatically waved off Ryan McDonald's apparent goal, blowing the play dead with six-tenths of a second to go.
Spero told Syracuse.com he had no doubt the play was dead and the goal wouldn't count.
"I felt the puck underneath my pants and I knew that there was no way there were going to poke that in. I squeezed myself as tight as I could to not let that puck go in the net," Spero said. "They poked it in a couple seconds after the ref blew the whistle. I knew it wasn't a goal."
Chiapparelli said Westchester County's first state hockey title was a three-decade effort.
"Our community has put a lot of resources in and we've worked really hard. I started coaching these guys years ago," he said. "All my coaches over the last 33 years helped build this program -- getting our butt kicked at first, but we got on the bus we won four tournaments this year. Just a great job by our kids."
Division II hockey: Trevor Pray tied the game late in regulation and scored in overtime as Kenmore East beat Skaneateles 3-2.
Pray, a coach's kid who tagged along for years before becoming old enough to play, goes out in style.
"It's just an unbelievable feeling," Pray told The Buffalo News. "I grew up with this team. It's kind of upsetting that I have to take off the jersey but it's a great way to end my senior year."
Both of Pray's goals, including the gamer with :40.1 to go in the extra session, were set up by A.J. Marinelli, who thought he had scored to win the game himself seconds before Pray connected.
The linemates shared the team lead in scoring during the regular season with 14 goals and 15 assists each. Pray then put up 17 goals over six sectional and state playoff games, many courtesy of Marinelli's playmaking.
R-H's Watson repeats: Junior Sammy Watson of Rush-Henrietta won the girls 800 meters at the New Balance indoor track and field championships Sunday in New York City. Her time of 2:05.11 ranks third in state history and seventh all-time nationally.
"Nationals are the only time she runs the 800 (indoors)," Royal Comets coach Mike DeMay said. "She got kind of boxed in, and got spiked, but once she broke out of the pack she took control."
Huntington's boys 1,600 relay of Lawrence Leake, Kyree Johnson, Shane McGuire and Infinite Tucker triumphed in 3:16.09, the fastest in the country this season and the cap to an unbeaten season.
Glens Falls notes: After three straight years of stellar local fan support to witness three Section 2 teams capture NYSPHSAA championships, the odds caught up with Glens Falls in its final year of hosting before Binghamton takes over for 2017-19.