Leading off today:
Somers girls lacrosse players have accused members of the Yorktown boys lacrosse of harassment and intimidation at the Section 1 girls Class B championship game last month, TAPinto.net reported.
In one of several statements released Tuesday, Somers Central School District administrators said the girls lacrosse team was preparing for the May 25 game in a Yorktown locker room when members of the Yorktown boys lacrosse team entered and "engaged in harassing and intimidating behavior," which caused the girls to relocate to a different locker room, the website reported.
"Unfortunately, what should have been a day showcasing the competitive-spirit, athletic abilities and sportsmanship of both teams, was marred by the rude and disrespectful behavior of certain students," Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch said in the statement.
Messages left at Yorktown for Superintendent Ralph Napolitano and AD Fio Nardone were not immediately returned, the website said. The Yorktown boys are scheduled to play Garden City in the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals Wednesday night at SUNY Albany.
Blanch said the two districts have shared a "long history of positive experiences" and that Somers administrators "know very well that (Yorktown administrators) remain committed to upholding the highest standards of sportsmanship."
Blanch said conversations were conducted with Yorktown school officials and information was also shared with Section 1. He said Yorktown is in the final stages of its own investigation, and upon its conclusion a meeting "to determine our next collective steps" will be arranged.
Coach hired: Veteran college assistant Pat Clarke is the new Nichols boys basketball coach, the Buffalo school announced.
Clarke, 52, left his position as coach of four sports and AD at Archbishop Walsh to join Jim Baron's staff at St. Bonaventure in 1999 and followed him to Rhode Island in 2001 and Canisius College in 2012, first as director of basketball operations and later as an assistant coach. He is currently the director of athletic facilities at Canisius College.
He succeeds Darren Fenn, who stepped down at Nichols this spring.
"Nichols has such a reputation academically, and with basketball just the fact they're in the Monsignor Martin (Association) is second to none," Clarke said in a statement from the school. "It just seemed like a great opportunity."
All-state RB killed: Former Jamesville-Dewitt football star Rasheed Baker was killed Monday night in a shooting in Syracuse.
Baker, 21, was selected to the all-state second team in Class A as a running back in 2013. He also played basketball for J-D.
The 911 dispatch center received several calls about a shooting at about 11:20 p.m. Monday. Police and paramedics found Baker and transported him to Upstate University Hospital, where he died from gunshot injuries, Syracuse.com reported.
An Onondaga Community College spokesman said Baker was enrolled in summer classes and was a handful of credits away from earning an associate degree.
Not so fast: Former NFL running back Ray Rice isn't going to be an assistant coach for the New Rochelle football team just yet, a local website reported.
A photo surfaced of Rice assisting at a spring workout last week, but inquiries to the school district by NewRochelleTalk.com resulted in the disclosure that the former Rutgers and Baltimore Ravens star, whose career was derailed by a highly publicized domestic violence incident, lacks the required certifications required for coaches.
After reports that Rice was being added to the coaching staff following three seasons as a volunteer assistant, the website filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the school district to obtain documentation related to the hiring.
"There should be a job application, paperwork related to a background check, his certification as an athletic coach in New York State, board resolutions, an offer letter or contract and so forth. I would like to obtain all such records," the website wrote in the FOIA request.
In reply, New Rochelle Board of Education Clerk Lisdalia Saraiva stated:
"Please be advised that we do not have any such records, such as 'job application, paperwork related to a background check, his certification as an athletic coach in