Leading off today:
Long Island Lutheran junior Celeste Taylor
was named to the USA Basketball Under-17 team Wednesday night and will compete in the FIBA U17 World Cup from July 21-29 in Minsk, Belarus.
Taylor made the final 12 following a week of workouts that began with 158 candidates.
Taylor was a starter for last summer's U.S. team that won gold in the FIBA U16 World Cup. She's coming off a stellar season for LuHi, having averaged 23.8 points and 4.5 steals per game.
The University of Texas commit and her teammates will return to Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 4 to resume training camp and travel to Liepaja, Latvia for a round-robin tournament against U17 World Cup teams from Canada, China and Latvia from July 14-16.
Opening-round sweep: Section 1 went 4-for-4 against Section 2 opponents in the first round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls lacrosse tournament.
North Rockland's midfield of Elizabeth Fox, Aleya Corretjer and Kerri Gutenberger combined for 13 goals and seven assists in a 14-6 victory over Saratoga in the Class A contest. Fox, a senior, finished with six goals and two assists.
North Rockland will meet Section 9 champ Kingston on Saturday. A win would send the Red Raiders to a third straight final four in Cortland.
• John Jay Cross River, which defeated Queensbury by seven goals during the opening game of the season for both teams, beat the Spartans again when it really mattered. Sophomore Charlotte Wilmoth led all scorers with seven goals in the 17-10 victory.
Junior Tyman Cronin had three goals and fellow junior Jenna Giardina scored two, including the 100th of her career.
• Brewster fell behind 6-5 but rattled off 10 straight goals beginning late in the first half and handled Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 17-9 in Class C. Junior Meagan Beal scored seven goals and senior Lauren Craft added five to earn their team the first state playoff win in program history.
• Isabel Sondey scored six goals and added two assists as the Bronxville advanced in Class D with a 13-4 rout of Schuylerville. The Broncos are two wins away from returning to the state final, where they surrendered a six-goal lead last year before falling to Skaneateles in double overtime.