Leading off today:
Anything else they accomplish this weekend is gravy for the Loyola Academy boys lacrosse team as it makes its annual insane road trip across Upstate New York.
That's because the Jesuit school from Wilmette, Ill., scored a 7-6 victory Friday against Victor, the state's top-ranked Class B program and defending NYSPHSAA champion.
The Ramblers, who trailed 5-2 in the first half and 6-5 after three quarters, won on a goal by Najee Taylor midway through the fourth quarter at Victor.
The road trip continues Saturday at West Genesee and Sunday at Ithaca before Loyola returns to Rochester to fly back to Illinois. The Ramblers played the same three-games-in-three-days schedule last spring, dropping all three contests by one goal.
Loyola, which scored an impressive sweep of three opponents during a similar trip to the Washington, D.C., area this month is 9-0. Victor, which got two goals apiece from Joey Pezzimenti and Connor Keenan, is 6-1. Chayse Ierlan made 10 saves for the Blue Devils.
More Loyola: As you might guess, there's a local connection that brings the suburban Chicago team into Upstate New York. Longtime coach Rob Snyder is a former three-sporter at Geneva who went on to play lacrosse at Notre Dame.
He met West Genesee coach Mike Messere at a lacrosse convention a decade or so ago and that led to annual trips into Section 3 for the Loyola team. The Ramblers have since expanded it into these back-to-back-to-back challenges as a way to prep for the remainder of their season back in Illinois.
I had a chance to talk with Snyder about the state of the sport in his adopted home as well as some other topics. I'll be writing the column next week on PressConnects.com.
Another record for Tuohy: North Rockland sophomore Katelyn Tuohy broke her own Section 1 record in the rarely contested girls 3,200 meters during her school's Red Raider Relays.
Tuohy finished in 10:08.13 for the No. 3 time in state history, but the wind and chilly temperatures kept her from making a stab at a sub-10 showing.
Board hears grievance: A teen's banishment from the golf team has become the source of controversy at Forestville.
Jim Markham addressed the school board Tuesday regarding the disciplinary actions taken against his son, Lewis, who was removed from the golf team after admitting to having a sip of beer during a school trip to Costa Rica earlier this month, The Observer reported.
Markham made his remarks as the board was holding a special meeting to approve its BOCES administrative budget for next school year, so no action was taken on the issue.