Leading off today:
Still just 24 years old and with 24 major-league victories under his belt, Marcus Stroman most definitely has a bright future in baseball ahead of him. And the future grew brighter Wednesday.
The former Patchogue-Medford star threw six hitless innings and the United States rolled past Puerto Rico 8-0 to win the World Baseball Classic for the first time. Stroman, who was named the tournament MVP, left after facing one batter in the seventh and finished with one hit allowed, struck out three and walked one.
Stroman was selected by the Washington Nationals out of high school in the 18th round in 2009 but opted for college instead. After pitching and playing some infield for Duke, he was taken 22nd overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.
Lisbon coach dies: Renee Robinson, who was beginning her seventh season as the softball coach for Lisbon, was found dead Wednesday in her home across the road from the school, The Daily Times reported.
She was 54.
Robinson's parents discovered her body after being notified she had not arrived for work at the Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.
Robinson had been a three-sport standout at Lisbon in the late 1970s and coached several other sports for area high schools over the years.
Department of statistics: The Buffalo News notes that this coming weekend will mark the first Federation basketball tournament since 2002 in which there will not be at least one Western New York team competing for a championship.
Two years ago, four Section 6 or area CHSAA squads played in the last game of the entire season, and the Canisius and Park boys returned home with the hardware.
More Federation fodder: A couple of tweets -- neither of which qualifies as something new, but both of which are worth pointing out: