Leading off today: Gil Licata
will be working the sideline again this winter. The Starpoint principal will take over as the boys basketball coach there in place of Ben Scaffidi, who stepped down in April after seven seasons.
Licata coached Turner-Carroll to a pair of league championships and one NYSPHSAA title during his two seasons with the program, 1986-87 and 1988-89. He also served as an assistant at Canisius College for a season in between his years at Turner-Carroll.
Licata, who last coached at Canisius High from 1990-93 before landing an assistant principal role at Starpoint, is the father of former Williamsville South two-sport star and University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata.
Starpoint AD Tom Sarkovics said Licata was one of six applicants.
"Gil was far and above in terms of experience," Sarkovics said. "His kids have been basketball people forever. His daughter Gracie just graduated from Buffalo State so it gives him the opportunity to stay with basketball because that's his No. 1 love.
More coaching news: Assistant Jason Marsh has been promoted to head football coach for Franklinville/Ellicottville. The job opened up when Chad Bartoszek exited to accept a job at Salamanca, where Marsh previously coached for nine seasons with a 40-39 record.
Marsh expects the benefit of continuity within the coaching staff and on the roster -- with nine returning starters on each side of the ball -- for F/E, which has been a combined program since 2014.
"I believe the rest of the coaching staff will remain the same," he said. "Obviously we'll be minus Chad, and I believe we'll be looking to add one other guy. But the rest of the coaching staff will be the same."
Attention-getting hire: Former Scarsdale player and Syracuse University assistant Lindsay Gottlieb was hired as an assistant coach by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday in a move that made waves.
John Beilen, who has deep New York roots of his own, made the University of California coach the first NCAA women's head coach recruited to an NBA staff.
"While this move provided a unique and special chance to move directly from Cal Berkeley and women's college basketball to the NBA, it was really about being part of building and growing something special and adding value to a team and organization that is focused on doing things in a way that I believe strongly in," Gottlieb said in a statement.
Gottlieb lost her senior season at Scarsdale to a knee injury, which contributed to her taking an interest in coaching.
Baseball title game: Brooklyn's Lafayette High won the PSAL Class AA championship at Yankee Stadium with a 2-0 win over Inwood Academy.
Jason Jimenez threw a three-hitter, went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored a run.
Athlete arrested: A Rush-Henrietta basketball player who allegedly threatened to launch a school shooting on social media was arrested Wednesday by Monroe County Sheriff's deputies.
Deputies charged Shamir Broyld, 19, with making a terroristic threat, a D-Class felony, after receiving a 911 call reporting a "concerning social media post" by Broyld.
Deputies went to Broyld's home Tuesday night and met with him and his mother, determining he did not have a gun or any access to one. They said Broyld confessed to writing the message.
He was taken to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation and arraigned in Henrietta Town Court. Broyld was remanded to the Monroe County Jail and held on $2,500 cash bail or $25,000 bond.
Expensive wish list: Operators of Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, which won back the right to host the NYSPHSAA boys basketball tournament beginning next March, are looking for a bunch of money for maintenance and upgrades in the building.