Leading off today:
We're serving up just a very brief blog today so that I can focus my energy on a couple of projects and make the humble home suitable for visitors tonight.
Double-OT thriller: Ryan Salzberg scored all 12 of his points across after the end of regulation on Tuesday to help Fayetteville-Manlius defeat Bishop Grimes 65-64 in a double-overtime boys basketball game as part of the More Than A Game Tournament.
Bishop Grimes is ranked 20th in the state in Class A this week by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
With the Hornets trailing 55-52, Salzberg connected on a 3-pointer as time expired in the first overtime. The junior made a pair of free throws in the waning seconds of the second OT to seal the win.
"He had been struggling, but I told him, 'Keep going, keep going,'" F-M coach Jason Dudzinski told Syracuse.com. "We live and die with Ryan, because he's a competitor."
F-M advances to the championship game in its bracket Wednesday vs. Shaker, which was a 71-68 winner over Rochester's Bishop Kearney despite 29 points from University of Dayton recruit Nahziah Carter.
Coaching great dies: Robert Ivory, who coached St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute runners to national prominence in the 1960s and '70s, died Saturday at the age of 86, The Buffalo News reported.
The Canisius College graduate began coaching at St. Joe's in the mid-1960s and quickly built a distance-running powerhouse. From 1969-75, his runners won five regular-season titles in cross country and six consecutive All-Catholic championships. His 1971-72 team won the prestigious Eastern States Championship in the fall and pulled off a Penn Relays double in the DMR and two-mile relays in the spring, narrowly missing national records in each.
After he left St. Joe's in 1975, he coached former Villanova star Dick Buerkle of Rochester to a world indoor mile record in 1978 and served as track and cross country coach at Canisius College.
He was also a member of the inaugural class of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1998.
"Bob Ivory was a legend as a coach and a person," said Canisius College President John Hurley, who was one of his runners at St. Joe's. "He was demanding and taught us how