Leading off today:
Our Lady of Mercy sophomore Julia Andreach
became the first Section 5 girl to win a NYSPHSAA tennis championship, scoring a straight-sets victory in the final Monday at the Tri-City Fitness Club in Latham.
Andreach defeated Hewlett freshman Rachel Arbitman, the top seed, 6-4, 6-2.
Andreach lost a three-set match to Yorktown's Caitlyn Ferrante in the 2016 final. Andreach defeated Ferrante 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals Sunday.
"Being the first is really exciting," Andreach told the Democrat and Chronicle. "Last year I didn't know that, so I think knowing that (this year) and still going in and winning is so exciting."
Laina Campos and Vanessa Ciano of Ursuline earned the doubled title with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Katerina Atallah and Maggie Bonomo of Fayetteville-Manlius in the final.
Hot at the right time: Shenendehowa entered the Section 2 boys Class AA soccer tournament reeling a bit after concluding the regular season with 2-1 losses to Saratoga and Bethlehem (2-1) before closing out with a 5-0 win against Columbia.
The Plainsmen pulled the pieces together in time for the postseason and beat Albany CBA 2-1 in Monday's final. Senior defender Ethan Behan scored his fourth goal of the season after a scramble in front of the CBA goal with 10:26 remaining.
"After the Bethlehem game, the guys were down. We had a little bit of time before Columbia," goalkeeper Greg Monroe told The Times Union. "We did a lot of team-building. Everything we did, we did together."
More boys soccer: Junior Jack Grooms scored both Westhill goals, including the game-winning 'golden goal' in the first overtime, to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory over Cazenovia and a second straight Section 3 Class B title.
Grooms' winner came 4:33 into overtime during a scramble in front of the Cazenovia net.
"I whiffed on the first one, and I got it back," he told Syracuse.com. "You've just always got to be ready and eventually one will come."
• Sophomore Ben Hammond was credited with the goal during a frantic scramble following a corner kick that gave Fayetteville-Manlius a 2-1 win over Baldwinsville in OT in the Section 3 Class AA final.
It's the first F-M boys soccer title since 2014 and the 24th overall in the program's history.
• Lancaster St. Mary's took advantage of the elements with five first-half goals to defeat Cardinal O'Hara 6-1 for the Monsignor Martin Class B championship.
"We had a 35 mile-an-hour wind with us in the first half and we scored two goals within the first five minutes and five by halftime," coach Al Franjoine told The Buffalo News. "They had only one shot in the first half. In the second half they were able to get 10 shots off but were able to only score once."
Luke Szablewski and Liam Regan scored two goals each for the Lancers.
State tourney opener: Emma Bough scored twice for Chenango Forks in a 5-1 win over Rhinebeck in the first round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls Class B soccer tournament.
Chenango Forks dominated possession from the outset. The Blue Devils broke through in the 11th minute on Bough's first goal, and she connected again with 22:36 left in the first half.
The Blue Devils will face Section 1's Albertus Magnus in a quarterfinal Saturday.
More girls soccer: Two days after winning the CHSAA Class AA Archdiocesan title, Notre Dame Academy beat