Leading off today:
Luke Sample of Trevor Day School shot a 6-over-par 77 on the Bethpage State Park Black Course to win the Federation boys golf championship Sunday.
Shane Broad of St. Joseph's was second with a 78, and Max Van Son of Cold Spring Harbor and Jackson Gaynor of Rye Country Day fired 79s in the 18-hole tournament.
National recognition: A New York senior has been selected USA Today's boys soccer player of the year.
Forward Ousseni Bouda of the private Millbrook School was selected for the honor after rolling up 61 goals last fall. The Stanford recruit was selected Gatorade's national player of the year for the 201718 school year.
The 5-foot-11 native of Burkina Faso was already the leading scorer in school history by the conclusion of his junior season. He finished with 156 goals in 82 career games.
Switching responsibilities: The basketball head coaches at Monroe-Woodbury are swapping jobs for the upcoming season in a move that Crusaders AD Lori Hock said "just kind of made sense."
Pat Harris will take over the boys squad and Dave Powers will coach the girls.
Harris was once the head coach at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Powers spent nearly 30 years coaching girls before accepting the boys position at Monroe-Woodbury three seasons ago. Hock had envisioned the potential for a job swap for awhile.
"It was always my interest to move back to the guys," Harris said."I didn't know how long it would take."
Powers, a career 500-game winner, indicated that the transition won't be complicated for him. "I just treat athletes as athletes," he said.
Still in the hunt: Of the 40 baseball or softball teams still alive entering the final weekend of the NYSPHSAA season, Pierson/Bridgehampton is the least likely hopeful for a state championship.
When the Whalers faced Tuckahoe on Saturday in a Class C baseball quarterfinal, they were playing their first game since May 17. They were also doing so on the road -- on the day after the prom.
Nevertheless, Pierson/Bridgehampton (5-12) beat Tuckahoe (21-4) by a 5-2 count to move on to the semifinals against Cooperstown. Junior Matt Hall went the distance on the mound and held steady after allowing an early run.
"We knew we played better competition all year and we knew we could come in and win this game and that's exactly what we did," said senior shortstop Cooper Schiavoni.
Said Hall: "It was kind of tough, being off for three weeks, we weren't really in the swing of things. I was just trying to mix up speed and throw strikes. This might be the best game we played all year."
A track breakthrough: When Sarah Bolton of Cold Spring Harbor faced Elise Hill of South Jefferson on Friday in the 100 meters, it marked the first time wheelchair athletes competed against each other instead of racing the clock at the state championships.
Hill won in 31.61 seconds, with Bolton finishing in :34.49.
"When I'm racing by myself, there's no one to chase," said Bolton, who moved to Cold Spring Harbor from Chicago in 2015.