Leading off today:
Alex McBurnie rushed for a pair of early touchdowns to start James Madison on its way to a 26-8 victory over Eagle Academy II on Sunday for the PSAL Bowl Conference football championship.
It was Madison's first title since 2011. The Golden Knights finished their season with an 11-1 record.
In the PSAL Cup Conference title game, KIPP NYC College Prep completed a 12-0 season with a 32-0 win over Petrides, which was in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Keenan Bingham ran for the first score and Ale Wilson added a pair of touchdowns, including one on a 70-yard carry, to lead the way.
Girls all-state soccer team: St. Anthony's senior Brianna Passaro has repeated as Class AA girls soccer co-player of the year, the New York State Sportswriters & Coaches Organization for Girls Sports announced Sunday.
Passaro scored 21 goals this fall as the Friars completed their second consecutive 17-0 season by repeating as state Catholic High School Athletic Association champions..
She shared the Class AA player of the year award with Arlington senior Kendall Feighan.
The other players of the year selected by NYSSCOGS:
- Class A, sophomore Mia Asenjo (Valley Stream South).
- Class B, junior Emma Bough (Chenango Forks).
- Class C, junior Brooke Pickett (Stillwater).
- Class D, junior Hailee Mitchell (Kendall).
Valley Stream South, Chenango Forks, Stillwater and Kendall won NYSPHSS championships in their respective classes last month.
The complete all-state team can be viewed here.
Picked: Meeting on Monday morning, the NYSPHSAA staff and the girls lacrosse committee have recommended SUNY Cortland to remain as the host of the state tournament through 2022.
The final vote on the three-year contract that begins in 2020 will come at the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee meeting Feb. 1.
There are a number of requests for bids for other sports championships out in the field at the moment, and the next recommendations to be made -- all for three-year contracts that begin in 2020 -- are girls tennis (to be decided Jan. 8), boys lacrosse semifinals and finals (Feb. 8) and girls soccer (Feb. 13).
Proposed: Eleven Buffalo parks and athletic fields, including five at city schools, are being targeted for improvements in hopes of advancing the school district's sports program.
The total cost and funding sources have not been determined, The Buffalo News reported. The city and school district secured a $360,000 planning grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to pay for the study being conducted