Leading off today:
Lake George boys basketball coach Dave Jones
is going out on a winning note.
Jones, who guided the Warriors to NYSPHSAA championships in 2013, '15 and '18, has decided to step down with a record of 360-101 and six Section 2 titles over 28 seasons.
"Looking back on it all, I'm lucky to have a wonderful wife who has given me her unconditional support," Jones told The Post-Star. "I'm lucky to have four kids who love sports as much as I do. And lucky to work in a school district with a great group of students, faculty and staff. I just have to say I've been very lucky."
Jones broke the news to his players after the April 12 ceremony honoring this year's state Class C championship season. Longtime assistant coach Tim Kissane is also retiring.
"I kind of started to realize in the fall that my priorities were starting to change," Jones said. "I had pretty much made my decision back in the fall, but I did not want it to be a factor going through the season so I kept that to myself. When the season was over, I knew it was time for me to retire."
AD Kyle Manny said he hopes to name a new coach in a few months, if not sooner.
Cambridge coach exits: Fourth-year Cambridge girls basketball coach Tony Bochette is leaving on the heels of a 25-2 season and a trip to the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinals.
He'll likely be replaced by assistant coach Bob Phillips, the father of freshman standouts Sophie and Lilly Phillips.
"It's been a well-thought-out plan the last couple of years," Bochette said. "Bob and Edith (Phillips) have done a great job building the program."
Bochette is also an assistant coach for the Cambridge football team and for the Hoosic Valley softball team, which is coached by his wife, Blake. He plans to continue in those positions.
"Coaching three sports a year for 17 years, it's crazy how fast things go," Bochette said. "It's nice knowing that I can leave the program in the right spot with the right people."
Injured player out of hospital: A Seaford varsity lacrosse player returned home one day after he was taken by helicopter to a hospital as a precaution after a head injury, AD Michael Spreckels said Thursday.
The player's name was not released; he was injured in a game against West Hempstead and transported to Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
Welch to St. Bona: Former Cheektowaga basketball star Dominick Welch returned to town Friday to announce he will play for St. Bonaventure next season.
The 6-foot-5 wing, who signed his National Letter of Intent, has been spending this school year at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Welch finished a five-season Cheektowaga career with 2,376 points. As a senior, he averaged 30 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks per game to make first-team all-state in Class A. At SPIRE, he averaged 19 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Our Expectation is that Dominick will be an integral part of our team immediately," Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said in a school release. “He has a great shooting stroke, can score in a lot of ways and loves to play fast."
Following up: Central Square Superintendent Thomas Colabufo said the trespassers who brought heavy equipment into the high school stadium without permission to clear snow off the field last month damaged the turf in 50 places, causing $1,300 in damage.
The damage caused the district to close down the field for