Leading off today:
Stalwarts from two Long Island schools that earned state championships last month have been selected players of the year on the inaugural New York State Sportswriters Association all-state team for boys lacrosse.
Defenseman Andrew McKenna was named the large-school player of the year after helping Ward Melville to the NYSPHSAA Class A championship with a dramatic rally against Pittsford.
Small-school player of the honors go to Cold Spring Harbor attackman Ian Laviano, a five-year starter for the NYSPHSAA Class C champions. Laviano finished with 68 goals and 39 assists this spring.
McKenna is headed to the U.S. Naval Academy later this summer, and Laviano is headed to Virginia.
The full all-state team is posted in our reference section.
Harris earns another bronze: Recent North Rockland graduate Alex Harris beat her personal best by 11 seconds Sunday to finish third in the girls 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Pan-American Junior Games Championships in Trujillo, Peru.
The Villanova recruit's time was 10:14.76. Her previous best was 10:25.80 last month at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Track and Field Junior Nationals.
Fellow American Sarah Edwards from Virginia Tech won Sunday's race in 10:10.68.
Harris also earned Pan-Am Junior Games bronze in 2015 in 10:31.79.
Two wins from $2 million: Although it's been a subject of interest in Central New York, it's a fair guess that most of New York hasn't been following The Basketball Tournament, an ongoing pro event with a $2 million first-place prize at stake.
On Sunday, the Boeheim's Army squad booked its place in the semifinals with a ridiculous rally to beat Team FOE 72-67. Boeheim's Army finished the game on a 40-10 run to dig its way out of a 25-point deficit midway through the second half.
Boeheim's Army is coached by Ryan Blackwell, a Syracuse grad who coaches the Liverpool boys varsity.
The final four in the winner-takes-all TBT is Aug. 1 and 3 in Baltimore.
Interesting reading: The latest round of private vs. public schools squabbling in New York has more or less died down, but the issue is alive and well in Pennsylvania.
PaPrepLive.com, a website of the Delaware County Daily Times, took a deep dive into the subject last week with a rather impressive series of stories.
Part I was a scene-setter drawing from history and framing the current debate. "A disproportionate share of titles is being won by private schools, a discussion surfacing most vociferously after the football and basketball championships," Matthew De George writes. "But the paradigm of domination by private schools isn't limited to even a handful of sports. The perceived imbalance fosters animosity on all sides, from