Leading off today:
Sophomore Nick Johnson dropped in the winning layup with 7.5 left as No. 8 seed All Hallows upset top-seeded Cardinal Hayes 51-50 to cap an exciting day of CHSAA boys Archdiocesan basketball quarterfinals Sunday.
Though just 12-13, All Hallows defeated Cardinal Hayes in two of their three matchups this season and also owns wins against fellow semifinalists Archbishop Stepinac, Monsignor Scanlan and Mount St. Michael. All Hallows hadn't won a playoff game since the 2013 Class A tournament.
Cardinal Hayes is ranked ninth in the most recent NYSSWA Class AA ratings.
• Elijah Buchanan scored 24 points as Mount St. Michael edged Iona Prep 54-49. Iona had swept the two regular-season meetings.
• Junior Jalen Lecque (22 points) knocked down a clutch 3-pointer with :02.1 remaining to lift sixth-seeded Monsignor Scanlan to a 58-57 victory over St. Raymond, the third seed.
"This might be the best win we had all year. We lost twice to them in the regular season," Lecque told News 12 Varsity. "We just lost to them and lost to them on our home floor by 20. To win against them was a great accomplishment."
Archbishop Stepinac had the "breather" amongst the Semifinalists, dispatching St. Peter's 62-56 to advance to face Scanlan.
Blazing fast: Christopher Columbus sprinter Michael Miller won the PSAL Championships 55 meters in :06.33, lowering his state sophomore record and tying for No. 3 overall in state history.
Alumni news: Section 2 legend Jimmer Fredette, now playing pro basketball in China, had a game for the ages over the weekend, scoring 73 points for his Shanghai Sharks an a 135-132 loss to the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in two overtimes.
Fredette, 27, the 10th overall selection in the 2011 NBA draft, shot 25-for-49 from the field and made all 13 of his free throws Saturday.
Fredette is third in the league in scoring at 36.3 points a game.
Awkward, but the right call: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced co-champions -- four of them, in fact -- on Friday for its 2016-17 Battle of the Fans contest.
Bethlehem, Cicero-North Syracuse, Tappan Zee and Webster Schroeder are sharing the honor after NYSPHSAA officials decided that social media voting, which was to determine the winner, may have been manipulated in a fashion that swayed a close race.
"All four schools did a tremendous job of promoting sportsmanship, community support and positive fan behavior," Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director, said in Friday's announcement. "We are excited to have the opportunity to honor these four schools and their communities for their commitment to having the best interscholastic fans in New York State."
The declaration of co-champions did not sit well with Rochester reporter Jeff DiVeronica in a weekend blog.
"Everyone can't be a winner," he wrote. "It's a fact of life and if the New York State Public High School Athletic Association is now selling this trophies-for-all mentality, then let's just stop keeping score at games. Exaggeration? Of course. And keep in mind I'm not talking about youth sports, I'm talking about high school sports involving teenagers who are going to be sent into the world soon to try to start carving out their own path in life.
"Stop. Deep breath.
"If you think I'm ranting here with no cause for it, guess what: You're part of the problem, too.
"Losing is part of life. It's a reality and young people need to learn how to lose gracefully and how to process dealing with setbacks even after they've worked really hard for something. Life isn't fair sometimes, so if we keep insulating young people from that feeling, from learning how to cope with adversity or loss, how the heck are they ever going to learn from it?"
Although I agree with my former Democrat and Chronicle colleague on the subject of coddling the precious snowflakes of the world, I think he missed the mark here.
I spoke to Zayas on Friday night, and he walked me through the concerns that were raised, telling me that the issue consumed much of his day, even leading him to consult with a counterpart from another state association