Leading off today:
We're a month into the season and I'm not sure I've given hockey a mention so far this season, so today is an opportunity to catch up with a couple of teams that had mixed results this week.
Owen Green scored on the power play with less than four minutes to go to lift Kenmore West (4-5) to a 5-4, come-from-behind win and hand Williamsville East (4-1), top-ranked in the state in Division II according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.
The Blue Devils trailed 4-1 in the second period, but a pair of Ethan Yotter goals helped knot the score. Yotter also finished with two assists.
Earlier in the week, Kenmore West defeated third-ranked West Seneca West 1-0.
"I cant argue with the week we had," coach Robert Roszak told The Buffalo News. "There's not too many easy games in our division. The four games we've lost were pretty close, back and forth. There really isn't a game anyone can mail it in because you'll get beat."
Meanwhile, Rye Town/Harrison experienced a high and a low on consecutive days.
On Saturday, the Titans suffered a 4-0 loss at the hands of Rivertown, set off by a short-handed, length-of-the-ice goal by Ben Birkhahn to break up a scoreless tie in the third period. Less than 24 hours earlier, Rye Town/Harrison was celebrating a 3-2, overtime victory against previously unbeaten North Rockland, the No. 3 team in Division I.
"We did not show up," R/TH coach Rich Myers said. "After last night, this was the first thing that came to mind. After a big win, you're set up for a big letdown if you don't come out ready."
A record performance: If it was reported earlier then I missed it, but Shenendehowa senior Nick Lydon blew away the New York State Public High School Athletic Association 11-dive meet record Dec. 16 at the Shenendehowa Aquatics Center.
Lydon broke Albany Academy diver Manny Pollard's 2012 mark of 635.75 points with a score of 661.75 points. He also shattered the Shenendehowa pool record of 607.15 points.
"I don't know if it's set in completely, but it's awesome to think that I've put in all this work and then it's finally paying off and seeing it beat a state record is awesome," Lydon said.
Heading overseas: Saratoga Springs junior Kelsey Chmiel has been selected for a United States team that will compete in a three-team competition at the Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge Jan. 13 in Scotland, USA Track & Field announced.
She will be one of six junior women (19-and-under) on Team USATF, which defeated Team Europe and Team Great Britain for the title last year in a four-kilometer race near Edinburgh Castle.
"It's the first time we'll take an athlete out of the country," Saratoga co-coach Linda Kranick said. "It's quite an honor."
Chmiel won the Section 2 Class A championship and placed second at the NYSPHSAA meet and the Nike Cross Nationals finals.
Jealous much, folks? Saturday's blog mentioned that Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball player Jamie Boeheim has decided to enroll at the University of Rochester next fall.
Syracuse.com followed up on my blog by writing a short story acknowledging the development. While it's true UR is "just" a Division III school, Boeheim's decision qualified as