Leading off today:
Talk about your impressive opening acts.
Maria Noto led off the eighth inning with a walk, advanced to third on a double by Paige Cring, and came home on a wild pitch to help Cooperstown open its softball season with a 4-3 win over Little Falls in extra innings Wednesday.
And that wasn't even close to her most noteworthy contribution to the win.
Noto fanned 22 batters and walked none en route to a complete-game three-hitter.
Little Falls went ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run home run by Laura Wind, and the Hawkeyes battled back to tie the game in the seventh.
More softball: I'd have to bet against anyone pulling off the sort of rally Fabius-Pompey registered on the way to its latest victory.
The Falcons entered the bottom of the seventh vs. Tully trailing 9-3 before scoring scored seven times to earn a 10-9 win. The big rally came after Tully had scored three times in the top of the inning.
Natalie Durocher had the game-winning hit and Audrey McConnell finished with three runs batted in for Fabius-Pompey.
Coach arrested: An Indian River coach was arrested Saturday after his demonstration of a mixed martial arts maneuver on a student caused the boy to lose consciousness, various local media reported.
State police charged varsity baseball coach Lloyd Kevin Smith, 46, with endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor, WWNY-TV reported.
Police said Smith was performing a demonstration on a 16-year-old male student at school Friday afternoon after classes when the choke-hold type maneuver caused the boy to become unconscious. The teen reportedly fell to the ground and struck his head on a door.
Police said the player regained consciousness but went to practice. He was taken to an area hospital by his parents later Friday after the boy began suffering from nausea and blurred vision. He was diagnosed as having a concussion, the report said.
Smith was issued a ticket to appear in Philadelphia Town Court.
Indian River Superintendent Jim Kettrick declined to say if Smith is still coaching the team. The board of education is scheduled to meet tonight.
Recruiting news: The spring signing period for Division I college sports began Wednesday, and one of the bigger names left on the board announced plans for his future in basketball.
Greg Calixte, a 6-foot-8 forward at Mount Vernon, said he will sign with George Mason after accumulating numerous mid-major offers this winter.
"He's a fantastic young man who will be an asset to his college," Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino told ZagsBlog.com,. "He's a hard worker and extremely loyal."
• The Knox School has produced its first Division I basketball player, with Omar El-Sheikh signing his national letter of intent with Fairfield University.
The 6-8 forward arrived at the private school from Egypt in December 2015.
Building a program: The Rochester City School District is returning to the world of varsity lacrosse for the first time in more than four decades.
East High is fielding the a team of 22 players from half a dozen schools in the district, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. The Eagles , consisting largely of freshmen and sophomores, are scheduling to play a limited number of games vs. small schools plus a handful of scrimmages.
"I think it's a sport we can excel at in the city," coach Sean Banks told the paper. "It's like basketball on grass."
The East squad started as a modified team in 2014. In addition to the East varsity, there are two modified and two JV teams in the school district this spring. Carlos Cotto, athletics director for the RCSD, said there is a plan for separate boys and girls programs next spring.
The helmet debate: Many if not most media outlets the dabble in high school sports have done a story this spring