Leading off today:
Niskayuna school district officials are investigating allegations that students yelled racial slurs Tuesday at players during a girls varsity soccer game against Schenectady.
A statement on the district's website said such behavior is a violation of "everything that we stand for as a school district."
Schenectady AD Steve Boynton confirmed that Schenectady soccer players were targeted with racist comments during a lopsided loss at Niskayuna.
"That did occur from a small portion of the Niskayuna student body," Boynton said. "(The Schenectady players) handled themselves like young ladies."
Boynton said he and Niskayuna counterpart Larry Gillooley interviewed Schenectady players about what happened. The players listed the comments they heard and detailed where they heard them, The Daily Gazette reported.
Players and parents from both schools have been interviewed and said they heard the racist comments as well, the paper reported.
Niskayuna Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. said students found to have uttered the slurs will face discipline under the district's code of conduct.
"I was disappointed," Tangorra said. "We work very hard to create a welcoming community ... to stamp out this type of behavior. So, we have some work to do."
Boys soccer: Sophomore Eric Shippee scored in the second overtime for Monroe-Woodbury in a 1-0 win over Washingtonville in action between state-ranked Section 9 teams.
Monroe-Woodbury is ranked third in Class AA and Washingtonville 10th.
Dylan McDermott made three saves for the shutout as M-W improved to 13-0.
• The boys game between Laurens and Edmeston was suspended due to darkness with the score 1-1 in the second overtime -- and not without complications.
Officials put 15 minutes on the clock for each overtime period instead of the proper 10. After the error was noted, it was agreed the league playoff game would resume Thursday with 2:08 to play, followed by penalty kicks if necessary.
Logan Williams forced the overtime with a goal for Edmeston with six minutes left in regulation.
Girls soccer: Senior Delaney Rutan scored twice, including the winner in double overtime as Cincinnatus, ranked third in the state in Class D, defeated DeRuyter 2-1 to improve to 15-0.
Rutan leads the Lions with 34 goals this season. She registered her 100th career goal last month.
LaSalle forfeits two games: LaSalle Institute has forfeited two Section 2 football wins after self-reporting the use of an ineligible player.
The games were non-league wins by scores of 43-14 vs. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk on Aug. 31 and 49-6 over Ichabod Crane on Sept. 28. The forfeits drop LaSalle's record to 1-5.
A school news release referred to the issue as being a paperwork oversight related to a transfer student who enrolled in April.
LaSalle plays at Amsterdam on Friday. The winner will earn the Capital Division's No. 4 seed for the sectional tournament.
No need for this: A huge football game scheduled for Friday in California has attracted so much interest that there's even a betting line for it, USA Today reported.