Leading off today:
Glens Falls two-sport star Joe Girard III
committed to the Syracuse University men's basketball program Sunday night and is expected to sign a binding National Letter of Intent next month.
Girard, projected as a combo guard in college, is already the state's career scoring leader with a full season remaining. He averaged 50 points a game in his junior season.
He picked the Orange from a list of finalists that also included Boston College, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State. His only two official visits have been to Syracuse and Boston College, and Girard made the announcement ahead of the start of the Section 2 football playoffs next weekend.
Girard made the announcement at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls with numerous family embers, friends and reporters in attendance.
Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara made multiple visits to Glens Falls in recent weeks. Head coach Jim Boeheim traveled to Glens Falls on Oct. 4 to make a final pitch.
Manhattan results: Fayetteville-Manlius' Claire Walters had the day's fastest showing amongst female competitors Saturday in the 46th Manhattan Invitational.
Walters covered 2.5 miles in the Varsity B race at Van Cortlandt Park in 13:57, the fifth-best performance in meet history. Her effort helped the Hornets to the team championship.
Team titles in the prized Eastern States races went to Rhode Island's Bishop Hendricken boys by a 92-113 margin over Fayetteville-Manlius and the Claremont (Calif.) girls by a 72-85 margin over Liverpool. Niskayuna (185) and Shenendehowa (197) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the girls race.
Individually in the Eastern States race, Brooke Rauber of Tully finished second in 14:15.1 and
Jenna Schulz of Liverpool was fourth in 14:34.7.
Pearl River's girls had the day's other individual/team sweep with senior Mary Borkowski (15:06.7) pacing the Pirates' triumph in Varsity F.
Other New York highlights:
• Nanuet senior Ryan Guerci won the boys Varsity C race in 12:32.1, with Shenendehowa capturing team honors.
• Pittsford Mendon junior Sam Lawler took the tape first in boys Varsity D in 12:36.1, with Shaker winning the team race.
• Shelter Island junior Kal Lewis took boys Varsity F honors in 12:54.2 and Trinity from the NYSAIS won the team competition.