Leading off today:
Fayetteville-Manlius' string of league girls cross country championships came to an end Wednesday when Liverpool
earned the Salt City Athletic Conference title by a 34-41 margin.
The Warriors, ranked first in the state in Class A, sent F-M to its first league championship meet defeat since 2003.
F-M junior Claire Walters (17:39.8) took first place individually, with Liverpool's Jenna Schulz (18:00.7) second.
Advancing ... barely: Matt Lindaman scored with :06.2 to go to tie the game for Williamsville North and the Spartans went on to win the penalty kick shootout 5-4 over Orchard Park and advance to the Section 6 Class AA boys soccer semifinals.
Football coach fired: Ed McCallister was fired as AuSable Valley's football coach on Monday over an apparent spat about call-ups from the junior varsity were handled, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported.
McCallister was asked to resign three days after the team's first win of the season but declined, the paper reported. He had a 9-24 record in his fourth season.
AuSable Valley is scheduled to play Saranac Lake on Saturday in the Section 7 Class C semifinals. Nick Moore was named the interim coach according to a statement from AD Kurt Munson.
"The team is working hard to prepare for Saturday's game and will represent AVCS," the statement said.
McCallister contends his dismissal stems from complaints by a parent whose son wasn't among 10 JV players called up from the junior varsity at the end of the regular season. In an effort to resolve the dispute, McCallister said he promoted every JV player to the varsity for Monday's practice and that he was called into the school to be fired 15 minutes into practice.
"This is nothing more than placating to this one parent," McCallister said. "The coach from the varsity decides who he wants to bring up. No player has to be brought up and not every player has to be brought up. It's a coach's decision, and it's their discretion who they want to bring up.
"For the three seasons we've been here prior to this one, there was not even a question or even a mention who came up; it was always a coach's decision to bring up who you brought up."
The paper reported that at least two seniors have left the team this week to protest the coach's departure and that other players participated in a sit-in protest Tuesday at school.
More football: We've updated our Week 8 schedule with playoff contests and consolation bowls hunted down by the NYSSWA's Steve Grandin. The schedule for ranked teams has also been posted.
'Friends of Eli' launched: A community group has been formed in Elmira to help UConn football player Eli Thomas, 22, in his recovery from a stroke.
Thomas, a first-team all-state selection for Elmira in 2013, suffered the stroke before a weightlifting session Oct. 10 in Storrs, Conn., and was hospitalized in stable condition. A school statement Monday said Thomas was making "good progress toward recovery."
"Friends of Eli" is raising money to help Thomas, a redshirt junior for the Huskies. The group is seeking donations to help him with medical expenses related to his