Leading off today:
Nick Grella drove in the winning run with a fourth-inning single as Aquinas defeated top-seeded Batavia
2-1 for the Section 5 Class A-2 baseball championship on Friday.
Grella finished 2-for-3 at the plate. Max Swartz pitched and struck out five for the win.
The victory advanced Aquinas to a state qualifier against Canandaigua, with the winner reaching the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.
Both Aquinas and Batavia were seeking to become just the third school in history to win Section 5 championships in football, boys basketball and baseball in the same school year. It was previously accomplished by Pittsford Mendon in 1982-83 and Aquinas in 2011-12.
The Little Irish are four victories away from the team achievement of the year at the state level. They've already earned New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships this school year in football and basketball.
If a vote were to be held for individual feat of the year, Gabriella Picco may have clinched the honor Thursday during the Section 4 girls state golf tournament qualifier.
Picco, a 5-foot-1 12-year-old competing for Waverly, registered two holes-in-one in her round en route to qualifying for next month's NYSPHSAA championship.
Starting play from the fifth hole in a shotgun start, she recorded her first ace at the 105-yard 15th hole with a pitching wedge.
"I was shocked, but at the same time I knew that I needed to pull myself together because I made 7 (two holes before) that, so I thought I needed to get some more good holes and I should be fine," she told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "I hit that really solid."
There were more struggles in the round, and Picco arrived at her final hole of the day needing a birdie to break even. But she went one better at the 132-yard No. 4, using a 5-iron for her second ace of the day and a score of 98.
"At the time I was in shock that at first I got one hole-in-one and then another hole-in-one. I was like, 'Wow,'" she said.
Said Horseheads coach Ed Browning, who served as marker for the round: "I can live a thousand lifetimes and never see that again."
By virtue of her 98, Picco will serve as an alternate for Section 4 next week at Bethpage State Park on Long Island. Her sisters Capria (medalist with an 89) and Gianna plus cousin Alex Tomasso also qualified.
The "kicker" to the whole story? Picco capped off her day with a youth-league soccer game in Vestal. She assisted on two goals and was assessed a yellow card in a 5-1 win.
More to come: I will be back later Saturday to recap a bunch more action from Friday and perhaps a note or two more from around the state if time allows.
In the meantime, here are a few items to tide you over ...
Residual fallout: The lengthy process than led to Maple Grove and Chautauqua Lake going their separate ways has resulted in a scheduling quirk in Section 6 football next fall. The combination of an odd number of teams and the fact that everyone else within easy reach had already locked in their Week 1 opponents will force Chautauqua Lake into waiting an extra four days to start.
On Sept. 6, the Thunderbirds will host Eden/North Collins -- which will have already played Sept. 2. Four nights later, Chautauqua Lake plays its Week 2 game at Gowanda to