Leading off today:
Retirement is overrated, which just so happens to be a word never
associated with girls basketball teams Ed Grezinsky previously coached.
Grezinsky stepped down in 2014 after bagging his 15th straight PSAL championship at Murry Bergtraum and had steered clear of the sport since.
That changed in a big way Monday with the announcement that Grezinsky will take the helm at Archbishop Molloy in the CHSAA's incredibly competitive Brooklyn-Queens league. The news broke when he represented Molloy at the CHSAA girls basketball scheduling meeting.
"I enjoyed retirement and I like what I do but I saw the job was available and it seemed interesting," Grezinsky told NYCHoops.net. "The school is a very good school academically and it just seemed interesting to me."
Grezinsky will be replacing Scott Lagas, who left the Stanners after last season to become head coach at Division II Mercy College. The vacancy attracted more than just casual interest, though Molloy AD Mike McCleary admitted to being surprised when Grezinsky reached out to inquire.
"Ed applied for the job and I have to say I was a little surprised that he was interested, but we were certainly happy that he was," McCleary said.
• Former Bishop Ludden girls basketball star Carm Petrera has been hired to coach the Gaelic Knights next season, AD Gallagher Driscoll announced. She replaces Nicole McManus, who left the position in the spring after a falling out with the school's administration.
"It's nice to go home," said Petrera, who previously assisted Sue Ludwig at Westhill and Eric Smith at Cicero-North Syracuse. "It's a pretty unique way to start your career. When you can go home it's kind of a no-brainer."
Petrera graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in 1996 with 1,434 career points (a mark broken by current senior Danielle Rauch) and won four sectional titles.
The comeback kid: Adam Xiao lost on the third playoff hole a year ago in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys golf championship and seemingly shot himself out of contention Sunday with an opening-round 76 at Cornell's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Ithaca.
He teed off on Monday six strokes off the lead and putted out at the end of his round as the state champion.
The Manhasset junior shot a 4-under-par 67 to finish at 1-over 143 and become the first player from Long Island to win since Sayville's Jesse Fitzgerald in 1996.
"When I came back up this year, it still stung, not being able to have won it last year," Xiao said. "To gain eight strokes on the leader to finish the job this time feels really good."
He won by two strokes over first-round leader Matt Ferrari of Croton-Harmon, who closed with a 75. McQuaid's Jack Bailey was another shot back to finish third.
"I made some mechanical adjustments and that really helped," Xiao said. "I came in knowing anything can happen at Cornell's course, so I had to try something new."
Xiao, who won his third consecutive Section 8 title last