Leading off today:
Hewlett star Rachel Arbitman took the final step on Monday and scored a straight-sets victory in the singles title match at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls tennis championships at the Tri-City Tennis Club in Latham.
Arbitman defeated Yorktown senior Caitlyn Ferrante 6-3, 6-0 in the final, having advanced a day earlier with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Rebecca Lim of Briarcliff.
Arbitman reached the 2017 championship match before bowing to Julia Andreach of Our Lady of Mercy in Section 5. Andreach did not return to defend her title, instead leaving the state earlier in the year to attend AMG Academy in Florida. Ferrante rallied for a three-set victory over Andreach in the 2016 NYSPHSAA final and placed third as a junior.
In doubles, defending champs Laina Campos and Vanessa Ciano of Ursuline dispatched teams from Pittsford in the final two matches to capture a title in their fourth state tournament appearance together.
After downing Josie Libby and Gwenneth Mattia of Sutherland in Sunday's semifinals, they returned Monday to score a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4 win over Mendon's Sarah Bodewes and Jessica Bodewes.
Campos and Ciano won the 2017 crown without dropping a set. They were finalists in the 2015 and '16 championships. The Bodewes sisters were the first Section 5 team to play in the finals since 2004.
Girls soccer: Senior Erin Walsh struck or the winning goal with just under two minutes left in the fourth overtime period to lift John Jay Cross River over 2017 state co-champion Pearl River 2-1 in the Section 1 Class A final.
It was JJCR's first sectional title in the sport and ended Pearl River's run of two straight titles.
"It happened so fast," said Walsh, who assisted on the game-tying goal with six minutes left in regulation. "I want to go watch it and remind myself that it's real."
Pearl River had taken a lead in the first minute of the game on a 40-yard blast by senior Sarah Donovan. The Pirates missed another opportunity when a penalty kick midway through the second half hit a post.
College decision: Record-setting Lockport wide receiver Malik Brooks has committed to the University at Buffalo.
Brooks announced his decision Sunday on Twitter. Brooks set the Section 6 record for receiving yards in a season, making 47 catches for 1,244 yards and 3 touchdowns this fall.
Offensive fireworks: Rozel (Kan.) Pawnee Heights senior fullback Kade Scott rushed for 14 touchdowns in a six-man football contest Friday night, setting a state record.
Pawnee Heights defeated Bird City (Kan.) Cheylin 118-85. Cheylin got 13 touchdowns from quarterback Colton McCarty, including seven while rushing 29 times for 252 yards and one on a kickoff return.
Scott's scoring spree is believed to have set a state record set 106 years ago.
Honoring a former coach: The Hudson Falls football team wore helmet decals Saturday with the initials of Jack Toole, who died Oct. 20 at the age of 68.
The former Hudson Falls and Granville assistant coach was a longtime elementary school teacher and respected in the football and running communities.
"Jack's kindness always shined through, and he had a very analytical side about athletics," said Hudson Falls football coach Bill Strong, who played for and coached with Toole. "Any question I had as a young coach, he was always there to answer. I enjoyed many conversations with him over the years. He was very philosophical about athletics, teaching