Leading off today:
One of next season's top returning New York boys basketball players won't be returning after all.
Bishop Ludden's Mika Adams-Woods, a fourth-team all-state selection in Class AA, will play next season at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep and reclassify to the Class of 2019, Syracuse.com reported.
Adams-Woods, a three-year starter at point guard for Ludden, already holds offers from a slew of mid-majors including George Washington, St. Bonaventure and UMass. The move to New Hampton could raise his stock with ACC, Big East and Big Ten programs.
"I think once I get into this program (New Hampton) some of those bigger ones will come," he told the website.
A special ceremony: Speaking of athletes leaving their high school early ...
Sachem East racewalker Lauren Harris, who has set four national high school records in her senior year, is scheduled to compete at Junior Nationals in Sacramento on Friday -- which will cause her to miss her graduation ceremony.
School officials went the extra mile Monday by conducting a special graduation ceremony for Harris on a stage at the football field on Monday, with administrators, coaches, family and many classmates on hand to watch.
Coaching news: Nigel Whitaker, an assistant varsity coach the past two seasons, is expected to be appointed head football coach at Poughkeepsie during Wednesday's school board meeting according to Hudson Valley Sports Report.
Whitaker will be the Pioneers' third coach in as many seasons and fifth in six years. He will replace Matt Relyea, who was dismissed at the end of last season amid questions about whether he allowed a concussed player to participate in a game.
Poughkeepsie opens the season Sept. 1 vs. defending NYSPHSAA Class A champion Somers.
The Poughkeepsie Journal has more about the uphill battle Whitaker faces.
• Katherine Stackel
has retired from Copenhagen girls soccer after 17 years as head coach and 29 years overall of coaching high school soccer.
Stackel, who coached the Golden Knights to the 2015 NYSPHSAA Class D championship, said being able to watch her daughter Claire's games at LeMoyne College was a factor in the decision to step down.
Stackel was named the National Coach of the Year for girls soccer by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association last January.
• Mike McCarthy, unexpectedly dropped as the varsity coach at Mount St. Mary's after four seasons, will be a girls basketball assistant at Cardinal O'Hara next season.
McCarthy's daughter will be a freshman in the fall, wnyathletics.com reported.
"Mike is a forward thinker, we look at basketball the same," O'Hara coach Nick O'Neil said. "I know what he wants to do and he knows what I want to do."
• Haldane boys basketball coach Phil D'Amato is leaving after six seasons to become head coach at Greenwich (Conn.) High.
More changes: John Giametta, most recently a middle school assistant principal after a stint in coaching, was appointed AD at Beacon this week, replacing the retiring Marty Nemecek.