Leading off today:
Kymani Hines's debut in high school soccer has to be graded as a success.
Hines, who moved from Jamaica (the country, now the community in Queens) to Amityville with his mother in December, scored three goals Saturday in a 7-2 boys soccer victory over Chaminade.
The junior forward who told Newsday he'd previously played with the Jamaican National under-17 team is an obvious boost to the lineup for the two-time defending Long Island Class A champions, but it's not as though the cupboard was bare. Oscar Hernandez added three goals and an assist against the two-time defending CHSAA state champions.
"This was a huge challenge," Amityville coach Mike Abbondondolo told the paper. "(Chaminade) was ranked No. 4 in the nation (by USA Today). The boys were ready."
Said Hines: "It's amazing playing with these guys. I can't describe it."
Slow start under new rules: The NCAA took a step earlier this year toward regulating lacrosse recruiting. Though it's still a bit more of a Wild Wild West landscape than many of the "minor" sports because of various loopholes, college coaches cannot initiate contact with prospective recruits until the start of their junior year.
That moment arrived at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and an unscientific query by InsideLacrosse.com indicates it was largely no big deal to college coaches.
"Haha I think kids realized that they would rather sleep!," one coach messaged. "I reached out to a handful of kids via text and didn't hear back from them until around 8 am. Maybe its just my opinion, but I think the kids that may have had conversations last night were very close to committing to an institution (in April), or were told that they would be receiving a call at midnight."
The website's Terry Foy summarized with a few observations, including noting that next Sept. 1 may bring about more activity at the opening bell. The truth of the matter is that a high percentage of top-end talent in the current junior class is already committed and unlikely to be swayed. Not quite as many top sophomores are locked in thus far; those who aren't are probably less likely than their predecessors to commit.
Well, that didn't take long: Basketball player Sid Wilson is headed to UConn, a decision revealed just three days after the incoming freshman received his release from St. John's.
Wilson was an all-state selection as a St. Raymond's junior in 2016 and attended prep school last year. St. John's UConn and Texas were regarded as the finalists for his services.
The New York Post reported there was a suspicion of tampering, but the St. John's staff doesn't plan to make an issue of it in large part because Wilson has been dealing with some personal issues the past two years and did not seem comfortable while taking summer classes.
Alumni news, Part 1: True freshman QB Jack Coan, who rewrote the Long Island record book at Sayville, took snaps in the last six minutes of Wisconsin's rout of Utah State on Friday.
Coan is No. 2 on the depth chart. With the game well in hand -- the Badgers won 59-10 -- he didn't get a chance to throw, but that didn't make it any less exciting for his family.