Leading off today:
One sport, two coaches and 1,400 victories
That was the story in Section 3 girls volleyball Wednesday as Marcia Laidlaw and Barb Allen reached significant milestones.
Allen booked career victory No. 600 when Dolgeville swept Cooperstown 25-17, 25-17, 25-12. Dolgeville has won seven straight matches to improve to 9-2 this season.
Meanwhile, Laidlaw picked up her 800th coaching victory as Canastota downed Adirondack 25-11, 25-10, 25-7. Laidlaw is the winningest active volleyball coach in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
Boys hockey: Chayse Ierlan made 15 saves in goal as Victor blanked Skaneateles 2-0. Victor is ranked third in Division I and Skaneateles 11th in Division II this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
College commitments: Lockport junior Zach Schneider announced on social media that he has committed to pay volleyball for Long Beach State in California beginning in 2019. Long Beach is ranked No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I poll this week.
• Senior guard Dejavaughn Utley of the Cardozo boys basketball team, ranked fourth in the state in Class AA, has committed to Adelphi.
Utley, a four-year starter for Ron Naclerio, had interest from a number of low- and mid-majors before the season but expressed a preference for schools closer to home.
New championship: Section 6 will conduct its first boys golf team championship this spring. It will be held in conjunction with the individual championships May 21 at River Oaks.
There is no state team championship for boys, but the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association will crown a team champion in girls golf this year.
Good reading: I'm very behind when it comes to highlighting recent good writing and reporting on high school topics from around the state.
Ron Moshier of The Observer-Dispatch in Utica wrote a short piece last week noting the death of Rene VanCauwenberge over the holidays.
VanCauwenberge was the baseball coach at Richfield Springs when Moshier played there. Moshier's column tied memories of the good ol' days to VanCauwenberge, who gave him a first baseman's glove that's remained a treasured connection to the past for the reporter.
• Also out of Upstate New York, The Post-Star's Pete Tobey wrote about Queensbury junior wrestler Dave Sanders. Although Sanders has a cochlear implant that allows him to hear lessons in school, hold conversations and listen to music, he cannot wear the necessary hardware on the mat while he wrestles.
That in essence leaves him totally deaf during matches. If you know anything about wrestling, you realize what a hardship that is for a competitor since most coaches frequently bark out instructions throughout the match. On the other hand, the cheering and streaming from the stands -- especially at a big meet -- can be only slightly less loud that being seated in front of the speakers at a rock concert.
"I think it's a lot better, because when you hear everything going on -- you're hearing all the other voices and the bodies thudding -- it sounds distracting," Sanders said. "But when I can't hear anything, it sounds peaceful."