Leading off today:
An incoming freshman football player at Mount St. Michael in the Bronx collapsed and died Tuesday during practice, local media outlets reported.
Dominic Bess, 14, reportedly was running sprints at about 9 a.m. when he collapsed. Authorities responding to a 911 call found the boy unconscious, and an athletic trainer attempted to revive him using CPR but could not, according to WABC-TV.
Bess was pronounced dead a short time later at Montefiore Medical Center.
News12.com reported it was the first practice for Bess.
Players were practicing in shorts and T-shirts at the time. Temperatures and humidity reportedly were high, but a city-wide heat advisory issued for the city didn't go into effect until noon, WNBC-TV reported.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as coaches, the team and our student-athletes," the all-male school said in a statement.
The death is the second football-related fatality of the preseason. On Aug. 10, 16-year-old Joshua Mileto died after a 400-pound log that he and several other players were carrying fell on him during a conditioning camp before the official start of fall practices.
Sec. 6 teams combine: The Section 6 Executive Committee has approved a merger between the football teams at Frewsburg and Randolph for the upcoming season.
The Frewsburg program, which does not have a JV team, in particular was at risk after only 18 players practiced with the varsity last week. Randolph, which has five NYSPHSAA Class D championships since the turn of the century, had roughly 20-22 players before the merger.
Section 6 football coordinator Ken Stoldt told The Buffalo News some of the Frewsburg freshmen and sophomores are likely to be shifted to Randolph's junior varsity.
The merger drops Section 6 to just eight Class D teams. Frewsburg's scheduled regular-season opponents beginning Sept. 1 now have a bye week unless they can pick up a replacement game.
Cazenovia's choice: Longtime East Syracuse Minoa assistant Dave Falge is the new boys lacrosse coach at Cazenovia.
Falge, 56, replaces Jim Longo, who was told at the end of his 12th season that he would not have his contract renewed. The hiring was approved by the Cazenovia school board Monday.
Falge said one of his priorities will be to install a "program" philosophy at Cazenovia, from its youth lacrosse through varsity to create discipline and consistency.
Steubenville in the news again: The man who shot a judge before being fatally gunned down by a probation officer Monday was the father of a Steubenville (Ohio) football player convicted of in a high-profile rape case in 2013, authorities said.
Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot near the courthouse in Steubenville. Authorities said the gunman was Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma'Lik Richmond, who served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during a party in 2012.
Ma'Lik Richmond is currently on the Youngstown State football roster but hasn't been cleared to play amidst