Leading off today:
Folks will remember Tuesday's boys lacrosse game between Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius for a long time. Whether those memories will be fond is a matter of which sideline you were standing on.
Matt Dickman scored for Baldwinsville with just under 2 minutes left in the first overtime to give the Bees a 9-8 victory over the Hornets in the Section 3 Class A semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse. The goal came after an apparent F-M goal at the regulation buzzer was waved off by officials, who ruled times had expired.
F-M had defeated Baldwinsville 8-7 in the 2016 sectional final, and the Hornets defeated the Bees twice during the regular season -- including 17-5 on April 18.
At the end of regulation, F-M had two shots at victory after goalie Ryan Boshart had made a save with less than 30 seconds left. The Hornets set up for a final shot. The first by Nick Papa went off the pipe and out of bounds behind the cage with :02 to go. The ball was fed out front on the restart to Donovan Welsh, who ducked inside a check at the crease and shot. It went into the net, setting off a celebration, but officials waved it off immediately. (You can check out the video on Syracuse.com)
"The tape tells the story," Hornets coach Chris Kenneally said. "The net moves, then the horn. He scored. The refs saw it differently.
"Hats off to Baldwinsville. They finished when they had the opportunity."
In OT, Dickman scored on a catch and release off a feed from Ryan Gebhardt (three goals). Two Hornets defenders moved toward Gebhardt, who had the ball on the right side. Dickman slid in behind and stood all alone on the doorstep.
"They were sliding towards Geb," Dickman said. "He just gave me a little pass on the crease. The guy slid so I was wide open, basically. I had a lot of time down there."
Inspirational performance: Taking the field just hours after the death of his grandfather, Niagara-Wheatfield senior Dawit Martin scored eight goals as the Falcons defeated North Tonawanda 23-1 in Section 6 boys lacrosse.
"I knew he would want me to play, especially because it's the playoffs," Martin told WKBW-TV. "He loves the game."
After the first half, Martin broke down in tears as he embraced family and friends on the sideline.
Huge rallies: On any other day, one of a couple of softball games could have been the lead to this blog.
In the first round of the Section 3 Class D tournament, Morrisville-Eaton fell behind 11-2 in the first inning but shipped away and rallied past Cincinnatus 16-15.
Delaney Koehl went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in and three runs scored. Cooper Koehl went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and four runs scored.
In the Section 5 Class A-1 quarterfinals, Pittsford Mendon scored eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally from a six-run deficit and edge Greece Arcadia 11-10.
Sara Lyons was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Bridgett Twaits drove in three runs.
More softball: The projected Section 4 Class C showdown will not materialize. Elmira Notre Dame, the state's top-ranked team, advanced Tuesday but No. 2 Elmira Heights Edison was eliminated.
Izzy Milazzo struck out 13 and walked none in a three-hitter as Notre Dame defeated Sidney 7-1 in the quarterfinals as the Crusaders continued defense of their 2016 state crown.