Leading off today:
A Section 4 appeals committee ruled in favor of allowing Harpursville/Afton's football team to play its Class D semifinal Saturday even though the school self-reported that it had an ineligible player on its roster.
Ben Nelson, the sectional interscholastic sports coordinator, said the process should be finalized once a lawyer finishes and releases an official document on the process by next week, The Daily Star reported.
The decision became somewhat moot by late Saturday afternoon after H/A dropped a 34-28 decision to Sidney in the sectional semifinals. Lucas Tanner scored on three short runs and Ethan Finch went 80 yards for a TD on a kickoff return on the final play of the third quarter.
H/A drove the length of the field in the last minute, reaching the Sidney 1-yard line as time expired.
Sidney quarterback Darren Smith was 27-for-46 for 439 yards.
WCDO-FM did the most extensive reporting on the details of the appeal, including an interview with H/A coach Tim Petras, but none of the reports I saw from local media answered the key question: Did the ineligible player -- and no one appears to dispute that the fifth-year senior was ineligible -- get on the field during H/A's win vs. Walton in the semifinals.
It wasn't immediately known how many regular-season games the player appeared in or whether H/A sought to have his eligibility restored for the remainder of the postseason before the playoff loss.
Nelson did tell the paper Harpursville did self-report the problem.
"I give them a lot of credit for it," Nelson said. "The committee evaluated it and felt it was the best thing for everybody involved."
Cross country: North Rockland freshman sensation Katelyn Tuohy set a Rockland County Cross Country Championships record with a time of 16:55 at Bear Mountain.