Leading off today:
Glens Falls is all but certain to host the NYSPHSAA boys basketball final fours
once again beginning in 2020 following a pair of key votes Friday morning.
Arenas in Glens Falls, Binghamton and Albany submitted bids on the three-year contract running through 2022, with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association staff and the basketball committee both recommending Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.
The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee has final say at its Feb. 1 meeting and is all but certain to rubber stamp the decision to return the tournament to Glens Falls, which had hosted the event for 26 years before losing out to Binghamton for the 2017-19 contract.
The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition offered a rent-free contract as part of the bid, putting Glens Falls back on even footing with the Binghamton proposal that won the 2017-19 contract.
"Our committee, the 70-plus volunteers, the city, the businesses, there are a lot of people that are excited," said Glens Falls AD Chip Corlew, who oversaw the Glens Falls committee's bid. "We're close, we're not there yet, but we're pleased."
The return to Glens Falls will put the event in close proximity again to the NYSPHSAA girls tournament in Troy.
&• Corlew said Glens Falls also has plans to bid in December to retain the Federation Tournament of Champions. If that effort is also successful, Cool Insuring Arena would be hosting back-to-back weekends of state basketball, as it did from 1987-2010.
Clinching the hard way: St. Joseph's league championship-clinching win in boys soccer was no cinch Thursday.
The Marauders defeated Canisius 3-2 on a hat trick from Joe Fronzak, with the winning goal coming on a penalty kick with seven minutes to play.
St. Joe's trailed 2-1 when it went a man down due to a red card with 25 minutes remaining, but Canisius then had one of its players sent off 10 minutes later.
More boys soccer: Fulton earned a 1-0 win over PSLA at Syracuse Fowler, ranked 18th in the state in Class A. Connor Wilde scored the goal with 28:14 remaining.
• Senior midfielder Hideki Jacobsen accounted for the contest's lone goal via a penalty kick in the 14th minute as