More sad news: Pearl Washington, the former Boys & Girls High star who became a Syracuse University basketball legend, is gravely ill, Syracuse.com reported.
Washington, 52, was diagnosed last summer with a brain tumor. He is currently at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
"The doctors have said it won't be long, but we don't know what that means," friend Mark Finney said. "It could be a month, it could be weeks. We're just accepting that God is ready for him. It's Pearl's time."
SU players wore orange jerseys with white script letters spelling out "Pearl" this season. Washington had been thrilled to see those jerseys, Finney said.
Ossining coach taking leave: Ossining broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the seventh and beat Carmel 3-1 on Saturday in baseball coach Bill Casey's final game before traveling to the
Philippines for alternative cancer treatment, MSG Varsity reported.
Family and friends gathered on the field for a postgame ceremony. Both teams stood on the baselines for the ceremony, and Carmel AD Susan Dullea presented Casey, 45, with a card and the game ball.
"All I asked of my players today was for them to keep fighting," Casey said, taking a pause as he choked back tears. "And that's what you guys did."
A father of 3-year-old twins, Casey was initially diagnosed before last season with squamous cell carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer.
Casey, a former Journal News sportswriter, received several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation ahead of surgery last July. In February, doctors discovered that the cancer had returned.
"That prognosis wasn't what we wanted to hear," Casey said. "We did research and felt we wanted to get away from more chemo. I'm not going to sit here and take strikes. I'm going to go out swinging."
Boys lacrosse: Kevin Lindley and Colin Minicus combined for 13 goals as Darien (Conn.) beat reigning NYSPHSAA Class A champion Niskayuna 20-16 in interstate boys lacrosse Saturday.
Niskayuna trailed 16-15 in the battle of defending state champs before Darien pulled away to snap the Silver Warriors' 17-game winning streak.
Milestone: Farmingdale beat Carey 14-3 on Friday for Bob Hartranft's 700th boys lacrosse win in 48 seasons.
"It feels great obviously, but it's a testament to the kids we had here for 48 years, good, hard-working, blue-collar kids," Hartranft said. "I've never scored a goal, I never made a save, I didn't win a faceoff. These kids have accumulated all these win over the years and I've been the beneficiary."