Leading off today:
I'm not sure when I heard it first or how many times I've heard it since, but there's now additional confirmation that good things do in fact come to those who wait.
When Syracuse CBA pitcher Jack Sheridan was battling leukemia in 2014, he was offered the trip of a lifetime or the chance to meet some famous person by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead, he asked that whatever money might be used on him instead be applied toward a new batting cage and bullpen complex for his school.
On Monday, that unselfish act was repaid -- with interest -- by means of a $20,000 college scholarship from Foot Locker. The sports apparel retailer has made such gifts to deserving high school athletes for the past six years through its Foot Locker Scholar-Athlete Program. Sheridan is one of 20 recipients this year out of 37,000 applicants, the company said.
The CBA senior returned to the field last spring and is nearing the end of his chemotherapy treatments. He'll enroll in the fall at LeMoyne College, where he intends to continue his baseball career.
"He'll be remembered long after he leaves here," CBA coach Tom Dotterer told Syracuse.com.
Speaking of inspirational: Most of you know the story of Oscar Pistorius' climb into the ranks of world-class track and field sprinters. The South African, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, ran sub-11 seconds in the 100 meters and :21.30 in the 200 on his prosthetics.
Now, a Utah teen who competes with similar prosthetic blades is capturing the imagination of sports fans and the attention of college coaches.
On Saturday, Hunter Woodhall set a state record in the 400 meters while competing for Syracuse High in Utah. Woodhall's :46.56 showing is the fourth-fastest time among U.S. scholastic runners this spring.
The senior reportedly is considering offers from North Carolina, Arkansas and Long Beach State.
"A lot of schools weren't giving me the time of day," Woodhall told MileSplit. "And I appreciated the fact that these schools fought for me. In my mind, you don't have to go to a huge school to do a lot on the track."
Hall of Fame: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the six 2017 inductees for its Hall of Fame.
Coach Richard Castellano, athlete Ed Danowski, and administrators Lloyd Mott, Pat Pizzarelli, Hank Roth and Mark Ward will be inducted on July 26 at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton as part of the NYSPHSAA's annual Central Committee meetings.
Castellano began coaching girls varsity basketball at Northport in 1979 and racked up 613 wins, 10 sectional championships and three appearances in the NYSPHSAA state semifinals. He was enshrined into the BCANY Hall of Fame and the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Danowski was a three-sport athlete at Riverhead, earning all-county honors while competing in football, basketball and baseball from 1927-30. He continued a football career at Fordham University, where he was an All-American in 1932 and 1933, and as the quarterback of two New York Giants championship teams. In 2011, he was recognized by The Suffolk Times as the greatest athlete in Suffolk County history.
Mott served as the athletic director as Broadalbin (1966-73) and Cobleskill (1973-83) while coaching basketball, track and field and modified football. He took over as AD at Queensbury in 1983 and in 1997 began a decade-long career as assistant director with the NYSPHSAA. He was inducted into the NYSAAA Hall of Fame in 2016.
Pizzarelli began his career coaching football and lacrosse in Connecticut. He arrived at Plainedge in the early 1980s to coach football, basketball and wrestling and then established the school's first lacrosse program. He went on to serve as the AD at Hicksville and Lawrence, where he launched another program. Pizzarelli remains the only person to serve as president of both the NYSPHSAA (2008-10) and the NYSAAA. He was inducted into the NYSAAA Hall of Fame in 2016.