Watson recently capped an extraordinary career at Rush-Henrietta by signing a Letter of Intent with Texas A&M and winning the 800 meters at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor unchallenged in 2:05.7. Her season-best time of 2:00.78 in the 800 was the nation's fastest this spring.
Watson and Sachem basketball great Nicole Kaczmarski (1997, '98, '99) are the only New York girls ever to three-peat as a Gatorade award winner.
Girls hoops commitments: Eastern Michigan has taken a liking to girls basketball prospects from New York.
Cardinal O'Hara junior forward Kiara Johnson announced her commitment to the Mid-American Conference school this week after attracting the attention of several mid-majors with a strong start to her AAU season.
Jenna Annecchiarico, Baldwin's outstanding rising senior guard, committed to Eastern Michigan last month.
Why the sudden interest in New York by the Eagles, who had no New York graduates on the roster last season? That's a good question. There are New York connections on the staff, but no deep roots to the state.
Head coach Fred Castro was briefly an assistant at Albany, where assistant Cassandra Callaway played. Another assistant, Adam Call, was previously on the staff at Stony Brook.
Maybe the biggest name in the Eastern Michigan basketball department is assistant coach Abi Olajuwan, the daughter of the NBA great.
• Binghamton Seton Catholic point guard Hanna Strawn, second-team all-state as a junior after helping her team romp to NYSPHSAA and Federation Class B championships, has committed to Brown.
Strawn had previously committed to St. Bonaventure but reopened her recruitment after the departure of coach Jim Crowley to Providence.
• Carly Reynolds of Clarence has committed to Central Connecticut State.
HOF inductee dies: Wendy Herm, a distinguished three-sport athlete during her days at Minisink Valley, died June 7 at the age of 40.
Herm, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago, was inducted into the New York State Softball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Herm was the 1995 Times Herald-Record Player of the Year in softball and carried a .408 career batting average. She also racked up 64 career goals in soccer and 1,227 points in basketball. She went on to play softball for Princeton.