• Ice hockey is inching closer to a vote on adding video replay in sectional and state tournament games. The applications would be limited to goal/no-goal decisions and resolving clock issues.
Alumni news: Then the Clemson women's sprint medley relay won the college Championship of America race at the Penn Relays last weekend, the anchor was none other than freshman Kamryn McIntosh. She ran a 2:03.27 leg as the Tigers won in 3:45.05.
McIntosh was diagnosed during winter season of 2017 with a congenital heart condition that impaired blood flow. The potentially fatal condition required surgery that ended her scholastic career early in the indoor season.
"It was a win for my team, my school, the heart surgery and for me," she said.
Draft thoughts: Research by Tracking Football shows that 29 of the 32 players selected in last week's first round of the 2018 NFL Draft were multi-sport athletes while in high school, starting with quarterback (and former baseball star) Baker Mayfield at No. 1.
The most popular second sport for the football players was track and field (22), with basketball (16) not far behind. The roster of first-rounders included 14 three-sporters, matching the figure from the previous year's draft.
In all, 226 of 256 players selected were multi-sporters.
Coincidentally or otherwise, the NYSPHSAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations released a column last week warning of injury risks associated with specialization.
Executive directors Bob Gardner of the NFHS and Robert Zayas of the NYSPHSAA wrote that numerous injuries as the scholastic level each year can be traced to overuse, such as elbow injuries in baseball and softball, shoulder injuries for swimmers and stress fractures to soccer players.
"When student-athletes cross-train, they work different muscle groups and joints which, in fact, results in better overall conditioning," they wrote. "They also develop a new set of athletic skills like hand-eye coordination, balance, endurance, explosion and agility that are transferable to their primary sport."
Sanctioned: An Alabama soccer team expected to contend for the state Class A championship this month, had its season ended by a violation of the outside competition rule.
Cullman High was disqualified by the Alabama High School Athletic Association following an investigation. The outside competition rule is in place to keep athletes from overworking themselves, barring them from participating with non-school programs in the same sport during that regular season.
Cullman won the tournament in 2016 and reached the final in 2017.
Extra points: Fairport boys basketball coach Scott Fitch will be an assistant on the USA Basketball Men's U17 World Cup Team that will compete June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Sante Fe, Argentina. The 24 players invited to a mid-June training camp that will cut the final roster to 12 include former McQuaid star Isaiah Stewart, who played for La Lumiere in Indiana this past season.
The core of the final roster is expected to include multiple players who helped win the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship a year ago.
The United States is 30-0 in the U17 World Cup since the tournament was first held in 2010.