team and Boston College," Cathy Inglese, Droesch's former college coach, said in a statement. "Clare filled many roles for our team, the most important being the 'clutch player' when the game was on the line. She wanted the ball in her hands for the final shot, which was usually the winning shot.
"Her confidence and leadership spread to others on the team. Her impact on the team was unmeasurable."
Weekend reading: Amityville just completed its third straight 0-18 season in baseball to extend its losing streak to 62 games, but Gregg Sarra of Newsday told the story of a personal victory of sorts for third-year varsity outfielder Louie Fernandez.
Thursday's 12-2 loss to East Hampton on Senior Day marked the first time Fernandez's mother, Miralia Gonzalez, was able to see him play.
"I gave her a red rose and she gave me a big hug and I lost it," Fernandez said. "She works seven days a week to support our family and doesn't have the time to come to the games. It was so special for her to see me play."
Said coach Chris Diot: "Louie is our leader and was so overwhelmed by having his mom at the game. It was beautiful."
Fernandez made a surprise visit to his mother's factory job Friday. Working 30 or more hours a week to help pay rent, we managed to save enough money to buy her a pair of comfortable shoes, earrings and a Pandora bracelet for Mother's Day.
• My column for PressConnects.com this weekend is on Mike Messere, the legendary West Genesee boys lacrosse coach who will be retiring at the conclusion of the season. The winningest lacrosse coach in U.S. high school history remains decidedly old-school -- and that continues to work for the Wildcats.
Florida safety measure: Florida, which sees heat stroke kill more high school athletes than any other state, recently approved stronger education requirements for coaches and athletes.
Just as concussion safety and awareness videos are already required, the Florida High School Athletic Association board of directors voted to make heat safety training videos mandatory starting in July.
However, the FHSAA postponed a decision on whether to require schools have cold water tubs in cases of heat stroke after being warned about potential liability issues.
Florida has seen more high school athletes die from exertional heat stroke than any other state since 2010, according to the Korey Stringer Institute, so the decision to hold off on cold water tubs raised concern from critics.