Leading off today:
Already an all-state softball player and a qualifier for the state indoor track championships in her high school career, Emilee Hanlon
is off to a flying start in a bid for honors in girls soccer.
Hanlon scored all five Dunkirk goals, including a pair in overtime, in a 5-3 victory Tuesday against host Eden in a non-league game. Hanlon had 12 goals for Dunkirk last season.
Milestone win: Brandon Mimas' score midway through the second half gave Baldwinsville a 2-1 boys soccer victory at Syracuse Henninger and handed coach Tim Scheemaker his 300th win.
Scheemaker took over the varsity team in 1996. His Bees are off to a 2-0 start this fall.
Soccer streaks ended: Sophomore Abby Piddock scored twice as South Jefferson's girls downed Lowville 4-1 to end the Red Raiders' 52-game unbeaten streak in the Frontier League. Lowville had gone 48-0-4 dating back to the 2013 season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Whitley made nine saves as South Jefferson improved to 3-0 overall.
Meanwhile, the Jamestown boys captured their first divisional win since 2013 with a 1-0 triumph vs. West Seneca West. The Red Raiders were 0-12 in ECIC Division I each of the last three seasons and also lost their 2017 opener.
Michael Andalora scored 45 seconds into overtime for Jamestown, which lost to West Seneca West by scores of 16-0 and 13-0 a season ago.
Pro athletes stepping up: A couple of neat stories connected to New York high school sports made it into the news Tuesday, and both reflected well on pro athletes -- a nice change of pace.
• Gerard Rhatigan's football season at Shaker in Section 2 came to a quick and brutal end Friday when he broke both his right leg and his left ankle in the opener vs. Albany CBA.
The New York Giants' Orleans Darkwa, a fourth-year NFL running back who's had some leg injuries of his own in recent seasons, called Rhatigan to wish the teen well and offer encouragement. Darkwa made the call after learning he is Rhatigan's favorite player.
"I just wanted to let you know to stay motivated and tackle that rehab," Darkwa told him.
On Aug. 25, Rhatigan helped in a frantic search and rescue that likely saved a young special-needs girl from drowning in a pool.
Shaker coach Greg said support for Rhatigan is rooted in more than just his skills on the field.
"I said to him the outpouring for you and the people who are concerned for you is not because you're a good football player it's because you're a great person," told WTEN-TV.
• WNBA star Tina Charles, who was New York's Miss Basketball in 2006 as a Christ the King senior, has been heavily involved in supplying automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to schools and other facilities around the world.