Leading off today:
Senior halfback Jordan McLune finished with 390 yards on 16 carries and tied a Section 8 playoff record with seven touchdowns
as Farmingdale beat Massapequa 56-0 in a Nassau I semifinal football game Thursday.
McLune has rushed for 1,527 yards and 32 touchdowns this season.
Farmingdale had won the regular-season meeting between the teams 45-42, but Massapequa committed three of its six turnovers in the first half and surrendered five sacks. McLune scored his third touchdown of the first half on a 76-yard run with 1:01 to go to build a 28-0 lead.
"We were excellent up front on the line," McLune told Newsday. "I wasn't getting hit on some runs."
Top-seeded Farmingdale will play Freeport for the Nassau I title next Thursday.
Cross country previews: I never prep for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association cross country championships without checking out Bill Meylan's analysis.
The TullyRunners.com founder has a long history of projecting winners and generally coming close to the order of finish for all teams.
In the most anticipated race of the day at Chenango Valley State Park, Meylan is putting a "too close to call" disclaimer on Saturday's boys Class A team race but does see Corning (61 points) edging Saratoga (62), with Liverpool (79) close enough to threaten.
"Corning's handicapping advantage is Chenango Valley State Park," he writes. "It is their home sectional course, and they are very familiar with it ... That's the reason I gave Corning a one point advantage in the projected score above."
Meylan has made his reputation in distance-running analysis with his speed ratings, which track individuals from across the state all season long and on various courses. The margin of difference between Noah Carey (Guilderland), Stephen Schulz (Liverpool), Kevin Moshier (Corning) and Sachem North's Jonathan Lauer and Christopher Tibbetts is so thin that and of the mathematically possible 120 orders of finish among them is plausible -- and half a dozen other runners appear capable of crashing the party.
In the other too close to call boys team race, the projection is Watkins Glen edging Mount Academy in Class C, and he thinks the home course could be enough to reverse the Class D projection of Maple Grove pulling off a close win.
All of the girls team races will be competitive -- even perennial national champ Fayetteville-Manlius faces a challenge from Saratoga -- but none more so than Class C, where Canton will have all it can handle to fight off Newfane and Bronxville.
You can check out all the TullyRunners.com predictions and analysis here.
I'd be remiss in not also pointing over the Milesplit.com preview of the NYSPHSAA meet.
Kyle Brazeil, who also does impressive analysis, is a bit more bullish on Saratoga in boys Class A -- with a caveat.
"Liverpool has the best 1-2-3 in the field, while Saratoga isn't far behind. But Saratoga's fifth is much closer to the front than any other team," he writes. "However, because the State Meet only fields nine teams, the displacement on those back runners is less relevant to the team scoring. This one is anyone's race. "
Brazeil is looking forward to the girls Class B team battle, where East Aurora and Shoreham-Wading River will battle. East Aurora crushed the Section 6 field last week without No. 1 runner Maisy Webster but will need her this weekend.