Leading off today:
Jermaine Taggart scored 16 of his game-high 28 points after halftime as McQuaid
edged Niagara Falls 76-69 in overtime Saturday in a boys basketball contest between ranked Class AA teams.
McQuaid, which trailed by eight points at the half, is ranked eighth and Niagara Falls ninth by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The Knights defeated Niagara Falls 65-57 in the 2018 NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.
McQuaid forward Connor Zamiara scored on the first two possessions of the third quarter and Taggart then accounted for the Knights' next 12 points in helping his team pull ahead by five.
Kobe Long finished with 23 points for the winners. Taylor Sanders paced Niagara Falls with 24 points.
More boys basketball: St. Raymond's is on the road to recovery after an 0-3 start. The Ravens won their second in a row with a 72-45 rout of Wings academy, ranked seventh in Class AA.
Wrestling: Sam Tromblee recorded pins in all five of his matches at 145 or 152 pounds as Corinth rolled to first place in the Schalmont Sabre Duals.
Corinth defeated Lansingburgh (66-15), Albany (72-15), Rensselaer (70-3), Schalmont (42-36) and Berlin (67-17) to improve to 7-0 for the season.
Ice hockey: Jeevan Deol finished with two goals and two assists as McQuaid defeated Bishop Timon-St. Jude 6-2. McQuaid is ranked third in the state in Division I and Timon fourth in Division II.
Coming up, Part 1: We expect to announce the all-state team in boys cross country on Tuesday.
Coming up, Part 2: I got my first look at Miles Brown in a couple of years when I watched him lead Northstar Christian to an 83-74 win over Leadership Academy by totaling 48 points with a barrage of 3-pointers and deft drives through the paint.
Brown is just 99 points from becoming Section 5's career scoring leader in Section 5. With his first crack at the record potentially coming next week at Geneva's tournament, I'll be writing about Brown this week in my PressConnects.com column.
You can read my most recent column, a collection of notes from around the state.
Good reading: The South Jefferson indoor track and field team is getting some good results in the early going this season as a self-funded program that hopes to be added to the school district's athletic budget in the future.
Senior Marly Jacobs, the sectional pole vault champion in the 2018 outdoor season has given up basketball to compete in her specialty as well as relays.
• Few things in high school sports are as much a certainty as Katelyn Tuohy winning any girls cross country race she enters. With that in mind, The Journal News talked to a variety of people about handling the reality that competing with the North Rockland star means hoping for a second-place finish at best.
"Ever since I saw her, I knew she was going to be something special," said Pearl River senior Mary Borkoski, who's headed to the University of Pittsburgh next fall and has finished behind Tuohy more than two dozen times.
"It's really cool running against someone like that," she said.
Said Carmel sophomore Katie Turk, who was third in the Section 1 cross country championships last fall: "Everyone knows her name. If you don't know it, it's like you've been living under a rock,"