Leading off today:
Kassidy Seary Had a nice season at the plate in the third inning of her softball game Monday.
The Norwich senior hit two grand slams in her team's 15-run inning to highlight a 21-5 victory over Chenango Valley. She finished the day with three homes runs and 10 runs batted in.
A search of the National Federation of State High School Federations record book shows the feat being eight times nationally, and a quick spin around Google found a handful of other instances. But from the looks of it, Seary is the first New York girl to hit two grand slams in one inning.
Seary, who was fourth-team all-state in Class B last spring, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career at Binghamton University next season.
Iconic 'Pearl' dies: Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, a New York City schoolboy legend who went on to a memorable career at Syracuse University, died early Wednesday at age 52.
Washington was diagnosed last summer with a brain tumor.
Washington played at Syracuse from 1983 to 1986 after a stellar career at Boys & Girls in the PSAL. He led Syracuse in both assists and steals in each of his three years at the school. In his junior year, Washington led Syracuse in scoring at 17.3 points per game before making the decision to enter the NBA draft.
As a freshman, he stunned Boston College with a buzzer-beating, half-court shot that electrified the crowd and launched Syracuse into the AP rankings, where they remained for the rest of Washington's time there.
The year before Washington's arrival, the Orangemen averaged 20,401 fans per game at the Carrier Dome. In his junior season, the averaged soared to 26,255.
"Everybody says that Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin made the Big East, but I think Pearl made the league," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in a story recounted by Syracuse.com. "They were the best players, but Pearl was the player that people turned out to see and turned on their TVs to watch."
Approaching a thousand: Marv Matteson, 73, has coached baseball, boys basketball and cross country at Kenmore East and Iroquois over portions of six decades, and his next victory in baseball this month will be a big one.
Iroquois routed West Seneca East 23-0 Tuesday, giving Matteson a combined 999 career wins in his various sports. The Chiefs will go for No. 1,000 Wednesday at home vs. Williamsville South.
Matteson has won 379 baseball games, 331 in basketball, 174 in boys cross country meets and 115 in girls cross country.
Change of direction, Part 1: Floral Park point guard Kaela Hilaire, Newsday's girls basketball player of the year, has committed to continue her career at Seton Hall. Hilaire originally committed to the University of Albany but was granted her release after coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson and her staff moved on to the University of Central Florida.
Hilaire, who averaged 29.8 points as a senior, learned of the Albany changes on April 1 and visited Seton Hall earlier this month.
"I was kind of disappointed because I knew it could happen, but I didn't think it would happen to me," Hilaire told Newsday. "It kind of made me stressed out all over because I didn't really like the recruiting process. I just wanted to get it over with. That's why I committed early."
Change of direction, Part 2: Emmitt Holt, second-team all-state in Class AA as a Webster Schroeder senior in 2014, will continue his college basketball career at Providence College next fall.