Leading off today:
A 10-foot putt for par on the third sudden-death hole gave Nathan Han the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys golf championship Monday at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
The Somers sophomore had shot a 1-over 72 in the second round to finish tied with first-round leader Adam Xiao, a Manhasset sophomore. Xiao rallied from two stroke down with four holes to play had drawn even on the tournament's 36th hole with an easy birdie at the par-5 18th as Han's 15-foot putt to win slid by.
Han needed up-and-downs after finding a fairway bunker at the first and third playoff holes, which were both played at the 437-yard, par-4 10th. In the end, he was left with the 10-footer to become the third straight Section 1 competitor to earn the championship.
"I felt the pressure, but I stuck to my routine and told myself that I have been in these situations before," Han told The Journal News. "After that, I just concentrated on making a solid stroke."
Han, the 2016 runner-up, was mobbed by teammates after the winning putt.
"I felt a huge shock of relief, the pressure escaped me and I showed a lot of happy emotions," Han said. "I shared them with my teammates, who were great support during the whole trip."
Han and Xiao, who fired a second-round 74, finished two rounds at 146.
"It was a pretty relaxing 18 holes and even in the playoff," Xiao told Newsday. "I'm pretty happy the way I played."
CHSAA baseball: Vin Vitacco pitched six shutout innings and Chris Taliercio doubled in each of the first two innings and drove in four runs as Monsignor Farrell moved to within one win of its second CHSAA AA Intersectional championship in three years with an 8-0 victory over Fordham Prep.
The Lions can win it all Friday night at St. John's University against the survivor from the loser's bracket. If Farrell loses Friday, its opponent would also have to beat it on Saturday to earn the championship.
"It's definitely a good feeling, knowing that even if we lose on Friday that we come back the next day," Taliercio told The Advance. "But we want the undefeated (CHSAA) season. We have that drive."
• Charlie Neuweiler tossed a two-hitter as Monsignor McClancy stayed alive in the loser's bracket by eliminating Xaverian 2-0.
The Crusaders will play Iona Prep on Wednesday at Fordham University in another win-or-go-home game in the double-elimination tournament.
• Iona Prep eliminated Holy Cross 6-1 as Anthony Piccolino threw his third complete game of the postseason, scattering three hits and striking out six.
Softball award: Ichabod Crane junior Calista Phippen has been selected the New York softball player of the year by Gatorade, it was announced Monday.
The right-handed pitcher led her town to the Section 2 Class B championship game this season, going 13-2 with a 0.62 ERA and 250 strikeouts in 113 innings. At the plate, she hit .483 with 37 runs batted in.
On the move: Fourth-year Tapestry Charter girls basketball coach Fran Snyder has accepted a similar position at Mount St. Mary's in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association.
"I've enjoyed my time with Tapestry," Snyder told WNYAthletics.com, "but there is nothing like competing in the private schools, this is a great opportunity for me and my family."
Snyder spent 26 years in the MMAA, beginning as an assistant at Bishop Timon and becoming the varsity coach at Holy Angels until that school closed.
Snyder replaces Mike McCarthy, who was let go after this past season.
Conn. controversy: A freshman placed third in the girls 100 meters and eighth in the 200 at the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference State Open on Monday in New Britain.
They were the first losses of the season for Andraya Yearwood, 15, a biological male who identifies as a girl and was OK'd to join the Cromwell High girls track team after competing as a boy in middle school.
Yearwood got of the blocks first in the 100 final and led for about half the race, which was won by senior Caroline O'Neil in :12.15 to Yearwood's :12.41.