Leading off today: Kirk Ventiquattro
, who founded the boys lacrosse program at Carthage and is in his 30th season as coach, will retire at the end of the season.
However, he told The Daily Times this is not the end of his coaching career.
"I hope to be coaching somewhere and this is not a forced exit," he said. "I just know that it is time to do what I do somewhere else.:
Ventiquattro's all-time record is 457-129 following a victory Thursday vs. Thousand Islands. He has steered the Comets to 24 Frontier League championships, six Section 3 crowns and three trips to NYSPHSAA title games in 29 years.
"It was a tough decision," he said. "My family has been against me continuing to coach here for quite some time. But with different health concerns (was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011) and just looking at the stress, and the change in the sport ... we reached the decision my family and me, as well as my close friends. So, it's time."
"I don't have any hard feelings and I wish the program success."
Football coaching news: Genaro Scampone has been appointed as the new coach at Utica Notre Dame. Scampone, 26, arrives from Utica College, where he was an assistant for three seasons.
He replaces Jake DerCola, who was named head coach at Rome Free Academy.
• I missed this in December, but former Red Jacket coach Marc Vitticore is Fairport's new coach following the retirement of Dave Whitcomb.
After three years of commuting from Fairport, Vitticore stepped down at red Jacket in January 2015 with a 27-4 record and almost immediately was regarded as the eventual heir to Whitcomb.
Whitcomb piled up 217 wins at six schools (Avon, Midlakes, Aquinas, Greece Arcadia, Geneva and Fairport), and his final stop at Fairport was most definitely a rebuilding job for what was at one time Section 5's most dominant large school.
A record season: Lois Garlow's fifth goal in an 11-6 win over Buffalo Seminary was the 72nd of the junior's season, setting a record for Mount St. Mary's girls lacrosse.
Garlow also had four assists, adding to her team lead for the season in that department.
Mount St. Mary improved to 8-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association and 11-1 overall.
Perfection for streaking team: Mike McCully threw a six-inning perfect game against Chittenango as Syracuse CBA registered its eighth straight win in a 10-0 victory.
The senior required only 64 pitches despite tying a career high with 11 strikeouts.
The Brothers scored at least one run in all six innings, and Jack Lester went 3-for-3 as CBA improved to 9-3.
It all worked out: Coaching changes in the midst of recruitment can be deadly for an athlete's college plans, but it's nice to see that things worked out OK in an instance this week.