Leading off today:
Top-seeded Long Beach
ended Massapequa's impressive run of 17 straight titles by sweeping Wednesday's Section 8 girls Class AA volleyball championship at SUNY Old Westbury.
Emma McGovern finished with 19 kills, two assists, three aces and two blocks in Long Beach's 33-31, 25-22, 25-20 victory over the No. 2 seed.
"This is an incredible feeling for us because we know what a talented team Massapequa is," McGovern said. "They've always been a really strong and consistent program and always have good players. We knew this was going to be a great challenge against a great opponent."
Long Beach will play Saturday for the overall Long Island Class AA championship.
Boys volleyball: A two-game deficit in a sectional final is usually a death knell, but Penfield dug out of that deep hole and defeated McQuaid for the Section 5 Class A championship.
Penfield won the rematch of last year's title contest 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-11.
"We were out of system the first two games, just not doing things we're characteristically known to do -- not sealing blocks and not defending around the edges," Patriots coach Mike Fusare said. "We just weren't doing those things and we got into the system in game three and rolled with it in game four and five."
Penfield will continue defense of its NYSPHSAA championship Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.
Star in 'Greatest Game' dies: Sid Catlett died last week in Atlanta at the age of 69 from complications from a brain hemorrhage.
The name won't ring a bell for 99-plus percent of New Yorkers who followed basketball in the 1960s because he made his mark as a student at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, the school where Morgan Wootten became a coaching legend.
On Jan. 30, 1965, DeMatha avenged a loss from the previous season by beating Power Memorial 46-43 at a sold-out University of Maryland Cole Field House. It ended the 71-game winning streak for Power Memorial and it's star center, Lew Alcindor.
Catlett, a 6-foot-8 sophomore who was the youngest player on the floor, played every minute and was DeMatha's top scorer with 13 points. Alcindor finished with 16 in the loss.
Alcindor has scored 35 points in a 65-62 win when the teams faced off the previous season. For the rematch, Wootten double-teamed Alcindor with Catlett and 6-foot-8 Bob Whitmore.
"Sid Catlett was physically what LeBron James is today," sportscaster James Brown, a former DeMatha teammate, told The Washington Post. "He was muscular, strong and he had a feathery soft jump shot. We were watching grace and greatness in action."
DeMatha finished the season unbeaten and the big win was credited with bringing newfound attention to high school basketball.
"It was the first really big national high school basketball game ever played," Wootten said. "That's what made it the