Leading off today:
A pair of defending sectional champions crashed out of their respective 2018 hockey tournaments on Friday.
Fourth-seeded New Hartford went on the road and stunned Skaneateles 4-2 in the Section 3 Division II quarterfinals. Mike Fiorentino scored the game-winner for the Spartans in the third period and Tyler Penree added an insurance goal.
New Hartford goalie Juliano Macera made 21 saves.
Skaneateles was ranked sixth in the state this week.
In Section 5 Division I, Webster Schroeder scored a 3-2 win over Pittsford, the state runner-up a season ago.
The Warriors struck for goals by Hunter Olsen, Connor Ball and Nick Obi in a 2:46 span midway through the third period to take a 3-1 lead.
Tough ending to season: As a No. 9 seed in the Section 2 girls Class AA basketball tournament, Niskayuna likely wasn't going far anyway. But the 46-36 loss to Columbia in the first round was made worse by the absence of Olivia Owens.
Owens, a 6-foot-4 center bound for the University of Maryland, had eye surgery earlier Friday to repair a torn retina and was unable to play.
Lexi Van Vorst made five of Columbia's eight 3-point baskets to lead the victory. Columbia goes to defending tournament champion Shenendehowa, the top seed, on Wednesday.
Girls hoops milestones: Senior Arielle Raux scored 17 points and coach Pam Munger recorded her 400th career win in Little Falls' 61-41 triumph vs. Mount Markham in the Section 3 Class C playoffs Friday.
Munger is 400-231 in 30 seasons, including a 17-4 mark this season.
• St. John's recruit Kadaja Bailey went over 2,000 points for her career in a loss Thursday.
Bailey finished with 18 points for Manhasset St. Mary's in a 56-31 setback against Long Island Lutheran.
League news: Batavia will become a football-only member of the Livingston Conference Athletic Association next season, The Daily News reported.
Batavia had gone the independent route in the sport eight seasons while rebuilding a program that had been struggling against Monroe County League competition. The Blue Devils have since rebuilt, winning Section 5 Class B championships in 2014, '15 and '16.
"We thought that it would be in our program's best interest to jump on the opportunity to join a league because it's been very difficult scheduling games the past three or four years," coach Brennan Briggs said. "Last year we were well into March and April still looking for games."
The LCAA could be heading for significant additional changes in football. The paper reported that several members are exploring a possible switch to eight-man football.
Good enterprise: Getting prepped for postseason coverage didn't stop The Journal News from producing more fine reporting this week.
In the aftermath of the U.S. Gymnastics scandal involving physician Larry Nassar, the paper examined the challenges that schools face in finding qualified coaches and then vetting them.
The story noted at least two examples of coaches who were certified by the New York State Education Department, passed background checks and completed all