Leading off today:
It's been a busy day or so for recent New York high school sports standouts making it into the news.
Leach changes destination: Batavia senior running back Ray Leach, who posted three consecutive 400-yard games and was selected state co-player of the year in Class B football, has changed his college destination.
Leach has decided to enroll at Division III SUNY Cortland, The Daily News reported. He had previously said he would attend Erie Community College next fall.
"SUNY Cortland is a fantastic school, it will provide a great opportunity for him to further his education and he will have an opportunity to compete for a spot on that football team," Batavia coach Brennan Briggs said. "Some people will look at it as Division III and think he might be a Division I football player. What they don't understand is how good you have to be to be a Division III football athlete. If he stays on track, he could put together a great career and find himself at a pro day or be at multiple camps beyond college and have an opportunity to make money playing football."
Leach carried Batavia to the NYSPHSAA finals in the Carrier Dome, rushing for 3,102 yards and scoring 49 touchdowns -- including a pair of eight-TD games -- in 13 games. He broke Section 5 career records with 6,023 rushing yards and 111 touchdowns.
Policelli transferring: University of Dayton basketball player Frankie Policelli, who was an all-state performer for New Hartford and Long Island Lutheran, has decided to transfer after seeing limited time as a freshman.
The forward averaged 0.9 points a game in an average of 4.8 minutes a contest for the Flyers. He had a season best of nine points in 9 minutes in Dayton's win at Fordham on Jan. 26.
Dayton projects to be strong in the follow-up to a 21-12 season with three returning starters and five players coming off red-shirt seasons.
Stewart facing lengthy rehab: Former Cicero-North Syracuse basketball great Breanna Stewart will likely undergo surgery this week in Los Angeles to repair an injured Achilles tendon injury suffered over the weekend, her father told Syracuse.com.
The reigning WNBA most valuable player could miss between six and 12 months.
Stewart, 24, suffered the injury to her right ankle Sunday while playing for her Russian team Dynamo Kursk in the EuroLeague Final Four championship.
Stewart averaged 21.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the Seattle Storm last season. Like many top female players, she competes in the offseason for European or Asian teams that can play considerably more than their U.S. counterparts.
Career-ending injury: Clemson offensive lineman Noah DeHond, a redshirt freshman, is giving up football after neck surgery to decompress a nerve failed to resolve his medical issues.
DeHond sat out all of last season because of the injury.