Leading off today:
Rome Free Academy's recovery from an 0-2 start to the boys basketball season continued Friday with its 15th straight victory
-- a 95-91 triumph over Utica Notre Dame in two overtimes.
Senior Ethan Powell scored 26 points, and T.J. Behlin scored 19 and shot 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, all after the end of the third quarter.
RFA is ranked 21st in the state in Class AA and Notre Dames is 15th in Class A.
RFA never trailed in the second overtime period. Nick Courto's layup tied the game for Notre Dame for the final time at 88-88. Powell followed with a layup for a 90-88 lead with under a minute remaining.
After a Notre Dame miss, Behlin and Damien Call stretch the lead from the free-throw line.
First loss: Liam McGowan's game-winning goal with 3:54 left in overtime gave Orchard Park a 4-3 victory and ended Williamsville North's 25-game unbeaten streak in boys hockey.
Williamsville North is the state's top-ranked Division I team and the defending NYSPHSAA champion.
McGowan also assisted on two goals, and Jimmy Doran scored twice. Senior Grant Zell made 39 saves for the win.
"It's been a while since we beat them," Quakers coach Josh Dannecker said. "They're a great team. Give them a lot of credit, but it's a huge win for us."
Girls basketball: Kerry Flaherty scored a season-high 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field as Saratoga knocked off Averill Park 70-65.
Flaherty scored 15 points during the second quarter as the Blue Streaks took a 37-28 lead into halftime.
Averill Park is ranked third in the state in Class A. The Warriors had a huge 50-26 advantage in rebounding but shot just 24-for-72 (33.3 percent) from the field.
"We knew this game would be a statement win," Flaherty said.
Reaching new heights: Gates Chili junior Dustin Meyer set the Section 5 pole vault record with a height of 16 feet, 1 inch, surpassing the 2003 mark of Fairport's Andrew Park by four inches.
Rally for Suffern coach set: Supporters of Suffern cross country coach Joe Biddy are expected to show up in large numbers Tuesday when the school board meets.
Biddy, a retired teacher whose boys teams have won a state-record 762 duals and invitationals in 49 seasons, was recently dismissed.
Supporters have already taken their case for reinstatement to administrators and school board members, and there's a sense that they may be able to get the dismissal overturned.
Opinion: It's understandable that teachers and coaches are held to a high and strict standard. I accept that the people in charge have to set rules and enforce them. But sometimes the body of work over a span of decades needs to carry greater weight than a few words blurted out in frustration.
To the rescue: Athletic programs assistants Dan Morse and Amanda York may have saved a life Wednesday during a meeting at the Orange-Ulster BOCES interscholastic athletics office.
The Times Herald-Record reported they performed CPR on