Leading off today:
Bronxville's Connor Daly
shot an even-par 71 Monday to finish three-over for 36 holes and win the NYSPHSAA boys golf championship on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.
The senior played the back nine three-under to rally to a one-stroke win with a 145 total. Somers freshman Nathan Han, the first-round leader, Ardsley senior Brent Ito and Ward Melville's Gerry Mackedon finished at 146.
Han and Ito missed birdie putts at No. 18 that would have forced a playoff with Daly, who had to wait out five players in the final two groups who were within a shot of his lead.
"I really felt like someone would birdie the 18th hole," Daly told The Journal News. "It was nerve-racking. It's tough. You have to decide if you want to watch and that makes you nervous or if you want to go the practice green and stay loose."
CHSAA baseball: Iona Prep routed Kennedy Catholic 13-0 on Monday to move within a win of the CHSAA championship series. Iona Prep will play defending champ Monsignor Farrell on Tuesday for the right to advance.
Iona Prep jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Anthony Piccolino scored on a wild pitch, senior Joe LaSorsa slugged a two-run triple and third baseman Michael Gorman followed with an RBI single.
Gorman had three run-scoring singles in the game.
Anthony Piccolino threw five scoreless innings for the win. The junior needed just 63 pitches, making the left-hander a candidate to start again later this week.
Kennedy plays Archbishop Molloy on Tuesday in an elimination game.
Busy week ahead: There are five schools that still have two teams alive in the NYSPHSAA baseball, softball and/or baseball semifinals this week. It's almost surprising that Greenwich isn't one of them.
As The Post-Star pointed out this week, Greenwich does have its baseball team heading to the state semifinals Saturday morning, continuing an outstanding 2015-16 school year for a mid-sized program.
Already, Greenwich has earned a NYSPHSAA championship in girls cross country, played in a state football final and made it to the tournament in boys lacrosse. The school has also amassed a Section 2 championship in girls track and played in the final in boys soccer.
For the record, the schools doing double duty this week in the four team sports are Marlboro (baseball and softball), Victor (both lacrosse), Yorktown (both lacrosse), West Islip (baseball, girls lacrosse) and Pittsford (girls lacrosse and Mendon's softball team).
Following up: I linked to a Suffolk Times story in a blog last month about twins John and Joe Tardif from Mattituck.
Newsday did its own story on the Tardif family this week, complemented by the sort of high-quality video that all newspapers-turned-media companies should be aspiring to match.
For the uninitiated, John and Joe Tardif were born prematurely. Now, 18 years later, Joe is a star player in baseball, soccer and basketball at Mattituck. John has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and cannot speak, but he is his sibling's No. 1 fan.
Saratoga uproar: Will Springstead of The Post-Star had a strong take this week on an issue in Saratoga Springs that had escaped my notice last month.
Students, parents and coaches gathered en masse at a school board meeting last month to comment on Saratoga girls soccer coach Adrienne Dannehy in the aftermath of