Leading off today:
It's a story that seems to play out at least once each spring, and this time it was St. Anthony's turn.
Faced with having to choose between attending their prom or playing in the CHSAA state softball finals, four Friars seniors were unavailable as St. Anthony's fell to Moore Catholic 8-0 in Tuesday's title game.
Three of the four suited up for the morning semifinal, a 2-1 win over Archbishop Molloy. Without them, St. Anthony's was held to two hits in the final.
Moore sophomore Kristen Brennan stopped Lancaster St. Mary's 4-2 with a two-hitter in the semifinals, then returned to earn the shutout in the championship game as the Mavericks won the title for the first time in 15 years.
"I empathize with the kids," Friars AD Joe Minucci told Newsday. "It was a difficult situation that they were put in. We (coaches and myself) all supported the decision they came up with."
More softball: Sandy Creek's Carley Stoker threw a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and hit a sixth-inning grand slam to lead the Comets past Tully 9-0 in the Section 3 Class C title game.
"(The grand slam) felt great," she told Syracuse.com. "They were pitching me inside and of course I popped like two up inside, so I think they were thinking they were gonna get me again and I kind of saw them pitching me inside, I was like, 'Alright, good, those are my favorite.'"
Solvay pitcher Lauren Nichols gave up just one hit and struck out 17 batters to lead the Bearcats to a 2-0 victory over Oneida for the Class B championship.
Nichols scored the first run when she walked, went to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a throwing error.
Section 6 finals: Christy Mack's two-run single in the 10th inning gave Williamsville East a 2-1, walk-off victory vs. Olean for the Class A championship.
Section 8 baseball finals: Nick Collins made his third straight postseason outing without surrendering a run, trowing a six-hitter as Massapequa beat Plainview JFK 4-0 in the deciding game of the Class AA series.
Collins, who began the season in the bullpen, struck out six and walked one.
Adam Mosca paced the offense with a two-run double in the second inning.
"Last year, we lost to a really good East Meadow team in Game 3 and I wanted to come out here and make that different," Collins said.
Massapequa advances to play the winner of the Section 11 AA series between Commack and West Islip.
• Brendan Haas surrendered five hits with one walk and allowed only one batter to reach base safely after the third inning to lead Wantagh over Garden City 4-2 in the deciding game of the Class A finals.
The Game 3 win gave Wantagh its first back-to-back Nassau County titles in school history.
Wantagh, the defending state Class A champion, plays Shoreham-Wading River on Saturday for the right to advance to the semifinals in Binghamton.
On the team: Long Island Lutheran sophomore guard Celeste Taylor was one of the 12 players selected for the USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships from June 7-11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Taylor was a first-team selection in Class AA on the New York State Sportswriters Association all-state team this season.
McClancy star honored: Quentin Holmes of Monsignor McClancy has been selected New York's baseball player of the year by Gatorade.
The 6-foot-2 outfielder, projected as a first-round pick in next month's MLB draft according to Baseball America, is hitting .463 with seven home runs, 24 runs batted in and 21 stolen bases through 24 games. He's a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team and has signed with