Leading off today:
Junior Dan Mansfield fired a low, 20-yard shot inside the far post 1:24 into overtime to lift Vestal to a 1-0 boys soccer victory
over Ithaca on Monday to earn its second straight Southern Tier Athletic Conference championship.
The goal came off a feed from senior Parker McKnight and marked the second straight year the Golden Bears used an overtime goal to defeat the Little Red in the league title game.
"This game is always crazy. Both teams are coming out to win," Mansfield said. "You love these games, these game are the ones you live to play for."
Vestal is ranked fourth in the state in Class A this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Ithaca is ranked 10th in Class AA.
More boys soccer: Hayato Komatsu finished with two goals and two assists for Keio Academy in a 4-1 victory over Blind Brook, ranked fourth in Class B. Sogo Sakamaki had eight saves as Keio secured the league co-championship with the Panthers.
• Scarsdale earned a 4-1 win over Yorktown, ranked 21st in Class AA.
Girls soccer: Kylie Gronchowski scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime as Pearl River downed Nanuet 1-0. Katherine Carstensen made seven saves in the shutout.
Nanuet was ranked eighth in Class A last week.
• Jolie Creo scored as time expired, giving Rockville Centre South Side a 2-1 upset of Wantagh, ranked 20th in Class A.
Streak intact: A victory in a Nassau Conference IV meet Monday at Bethpage State Park gave North Shore its 10th straight perfect season in girls cross country, running the Vikings' winning streak to 128.
Freshman Sophie Rosencrans led the way for the Vikings, covering the 4K course in 16:23.29 to finish second overall. Valley Stream South's DeAnna Martin won in 16:07.32.
North Shore's 201-0 and '11 teams went on to NYSPHSAA championships.
Football: We've updated our Week 8 schedule page to include the upcoming weekend's sectional pairings.
Following up: Other than writing about the newly approved oversight committee that will act as a second set of eyes on the classification of non-public and charter schools, I never had a chance to highlight other developments from Thursday's NYSPHSAA Executive Committee meeting in Troy.
Most noteworthy was a change in the way school enrollment figures will be handled for the purpose of assigning teams to playoff classes. Rather than applying numbers finalized in the spring to the following fall's sports, the data will be used the next school year as the result of a 12-8 vote with two abstentions.
Calculations are currently based on enrollment figures from grades 9-11, the reason being that they will make up the majority of the pool of varsity athletes the following year. When the one-year delay takes effect, the calculation will consist of grades 9 and 10 plus the average of the two.
That will inflate enrollment numbers slightly but should make no difference since all schools will be similarly affected.
• In wrestling, leagues will have the option of eliminating the 99-pound class from meets, and the Executive Committee unanimously approved limiting teams to a pair of two-day, dual-meet tournaments per year. The latter will have the effect of lowering the number of total matches for a significant number of competitors, creating a more level playing field when it comes to determining wildcard berths for the state tournament.