Leading off today:
Irvington coach Gina Maher
recorded her 700th girls basketball victory when the Bulldogs defeated visiting White Plains 65-50 on Saturday.
Maher, who is in her 43rd season, has rung up 18 Section 1, five NYSPHSAA and four Federation championships along the way toward becoming the winningest girls basketball coach in New York State Public High School Athletic Association history. Statewide, Cardinal Spellman coach Jane Morris reached the 700-victory level late in the 2013-14 season.
"It's the girls that I've coached that have done it all," Maher said. "Without them, I'm nothing."
Maher's grandchildren unveiled a banner commemorating her achievement, drawing tears from the coach. She addressed the packed Irvington gym to thank players, fellow coaches and the Irvington administration.
"I've been blessed," she said. "You don't do it by yourself. You never, never do it by yourself."
Running community mourns: There was an outpouring of online tributes Saturday to veteran Section 5 coach and administrator Bob Goodell, who passed away five years after a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Goodell, a 1967 Red Jacket graduate, started the cross country program at his alma mater in 1995 and coached track and cross country for 46 years, most recently at Victor.
The Daily Messenger profiled Goodell in September and the list of those praising him was lengthy and distinguished.
"His devotion to the sport, first as an athlete, then as a coach, official and coordinator resonates throughout all of Section 5 and beyond," Marcus Whitman coach Jody McLaughlin said in that story. "Marcus Whitman has chosen to attend many invitationals at Victor over the years where Bob was coaching, knowing that these would be well run, organized and exciting. ... He truly is a champion of the sport."
Power of the press: An Arkansas school district has suspended its high school newspaper and threatened to fire the faculty adviser after student journalists wrote a story criticizing the transfer of five football players to a rival school.
Five varsity starters transferred from Har-Ber High School to Springdale in late 2017, leading the student journalists to conduct a month-long investigation into the legitimacy of the transfers. The story published Oct. 30 documented an