Leading off today:
A Canadian school will help kick off New York's high school football season Thursday at the Carrier Dome. Franco Cite, a French-Catholic school in Ottawa, Ontario, will take on New Hartford at 2 p.m.
New Hartford was left without a Week 1 opponent this month when Oswego administrators scrapped the 2016 varsity football season. Franco Cite officials expressed interest, and the offer to add the game to a Kickoff Classic schedule that already had 10 games over four days sealed the deal.
"We're ecstatic," New Hartford AD John Banek told Syracuse.com. "We really struggled to find a game."
Franco Cite will cross the border again the following weekend to play Indian River, which also lost a game from its schedule when Oswego canceled its season.
The game will be played under American football rules. Franco Cito will be able to use a Canadian ball -- it's slightly plumper -- on offense.
"We're happy for the opportunity, and we are very, very excited," Franco Cite coach Paul Denis said.
Banek said the New Hartford football boosters are having T-shirts made as gifts for the Canadian team. On the back they will read, "Friendship thru Football."
Following up: The Lansing boys soccer team defeated Watkins Glen 3-0 in its season debut and the Wildcats' first game since the death Saturday of coach Adam Heck.
Dave Schlesinger, Heck's assistant of 14 years, ran the team. Senior midfielder and captain Ian Coates netted the Bobcats' first goal less than 15 minutes into the contest. Junior midfielder Nick Parkes gave Lansing a 2-0 lead 10 minutes later.
"At the moment, things are not right with the world," Schlesinger told The Ithaca Journal. "But we'll deal with it, because we have other great people here. We're trying to honor Adam. He did things right, we want to do that too."
Unexpected return: Though she officially retired from coaching at the end of last season, Patti Vaughan is back as coach of the Morrisville-Eaton field hockey team.
Vaughan, who's built a record of 495-117-45 since 1980, stepped up when her successor backed out this summer, the Observer-Dispatch reported.
Vaughan retired from teaching in 2008.
"I enjoyed being in sports," she told the paper, "not a classroom."
Alumni news: Ohio State associate head coach Lou Rosselli, a former two-time state champion for Royalton-