Leading off today:
North Rockland sophomore Katelyn Tuohy, who completed an undefeated season last weekend at Nike Cross Nationals, is the New York State Sportswriters Association's 2017 runner of the year.
The all-state team was announced Friday.
Fayetteville-Manlius, which won its 11th NXN championship in Portland, Ore., placed four girls -- seniors Sophie Ryan and Rebecca Walters and sophomores Claire Walters and Phoebe White -- on the first team in Class A.
In Class D, South Lewis landed a trio of selections -- Lexi Bernard, Hali Ielfield and Hannah Ielfield -- on the first team.
The boys all-state team will be announced early next week.
The next big thing: I'd worked on the assumption for a few years that girls ice hockey would inevitably be the next sport elevated to state championship status by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship status.
I was still of that opinion a month ago when I updated my calendar for upcoming columns on PressConnects.com, where I've been contributing weekly pieces since the start of the current school year. But a funny thing happened on my way to finishing my latest column: I realized how far girls wrestling has come in a very short time. Nearly 50 girls from points all across the state wrestled earlier this year at the Junior and Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., and 13 competitors eared All-America honors.
Girls still compete as part of boys wrestling teams in the NYSPHSAA. Around 230 from the modified to varsity ranks across the 11 sections are certified to compete this season, so quite a bit of growth will be necessary to spin it off into a separate sport. But where wrestling has the advantage over hockey is that it's possible to field varsity teams with incomplete squads -- just ask your neighborhood boys coach if you doubt that.
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and Washington have a girls-only division in their state wrestling tournaments. Wisconsin is showing signs of joining the ranks by 2020.
In order to be recognized as a state championship sport by the NYSPHSAA, hockey or wrestling would need each of at least six sections fielding four teams apiece. Hockey reached regional status in 2014 with four sections qualifying, but getting to six appears to be a long way off.
Wrestling's path to the minimum numbers of teams and sections might be similar to what we've seen in the PSAL, which is the reason I've become bullish about girls wrestling. New York City's public schools started with 16 teams in 2013 and swelled participation by moving the freestyle season to the spring. There are 27 teams scheduled to compete next spring.
Truman had 20 of the league's 350 girls on its roster last spring when it won the dual-meet championship over