Leading off today:
Onteora High senior Justin Lane
shot a 2-over-par 73 on the Bethpage Black course to capture the state Federation boys golf championship Sunday.
Lane made three birdies and five bogeys on his way to a four-stroke victory.
Last week, Lane tied for sixth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships, shooting 73-78--151 at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
Lane will attend Binghamton University in the fall.
Finalizing his plans: After running square into a major detour on his way to Division I basketball earlier this spring, Nahziah Carter's career is back on course.
Carter, who graduated from Bishop Kearney in Rochester this month, has committed to the University of Washington and new coach Mike Hopkins, the former Syracuse assistant.
Carter had committed to Dayton before his senior season and signed a National Letter of Intent. But he was granted his release after Flyers coach Archie Miller left for Indiana.
At one time it appeared Carter would go the prep-school route this fall. But Indiana, Georgetown (with new coach Patrick Ewing), Boston College and Washington all quickly emerged as suitors to gibe Carter an attractive list of options.
Hey, what about me? I've seen podium confusion in state meets from time to time as officials have had to sort out the order of finish for the NYSPHSAA and Federation awards at wrestling or track meets.
This weekend's track meet at Union-Endicott at least ties for first on the all-time glitch list.
Warwick Valley's Greer Liguori won the girls Division I 400-meter hurdles title on Friday by running a 1:01.23 in the first of two heats seeded on time.
When it came time for the medals ceremony, The Times Herald-Record reported, officials put second-heat winner Vanessa Watson of Spencerport atop the podium. Watson and the other medalists were posing for pictures when it was left to Liguori to pipe up that she was the actual winner.
After what the paper described as some "uncomfortable" moments, it was verified Liguori had actually won, requiring a recall and redistribution of the medals.
"I said I was sorry," Liguori said. "It was weird. It was something else."
There was no overlooking Liguori in Saturday's Federation race. Her 1:01.05 was comfortably ahead of Bryann Sandy (1:01.74) of Paul Robeson.
For what it's worth, the NYSSWA's Neil Kerr says he can recall Tully great Lopez Lomong going through the same sort of situation at a state meet early last decade as a result of running in a slow heat.
Not a good first impression: When the most recent contracts were awarded by the NYSPHSAA, St. John Fisher College very nearly won the right to host this year's track meet. Had the college been able to find space for the discus throw on the main campus rather than across a street too dangerous for pedestrian traffic, Fisher might well have been given the right to host.
In retrospect, it's a good thing that the NYSPHSAA picked Union-Endicott. A track meet is much more complicated than the boys lacrosse championship quadrupleheader.
And my alma mater underwhelmed a lot of us on Saturday as the lacrosse host, beginning with the main campus road being torn up for construction, rendering hundreds of convenient parking spaces inaccessible.
The in-stadium glitch most readily apparent to most people was the scoreboard going dark a few minutes before Ward Melville and Pittsford faced off in Class A to start the finals.
Now, issues like that are bound to happen from time to time, so no one deserves to get aired out over that. But where Fisher failed was the fact that there was no one from the school on site to oversee mechanical/electrical stuff. Someone had to be contacted by phone and brought in from off campus to resolve the problem. Consequently, time had to be kept on the field for the first quarter of the Class A game, which is truly embarrassing.
What really boggles the mind, however, is that there was no Wi-Fi access until early in the first game -- and that was only because Robert Zayas and Chris Watson from the NYSPHSAA rigged up a solution with their own equipment.
Stunning for a college campus (or a high school campus or an elementary school ...) in 2017, there's no secure Wi-Fi in the Fisher press box, which is only a few hundred yards from dorms and academic buildings on the campus. An open-access network was shut off halfway through the second game of Wednesday's state semifinals (I took that as a cue to leave rather than try tweeting updates on my phone) and apparently never restored, not that it would have