Leading off today:
It's been awhile since I blogged, so we'll start off with some developments on the coaching front.
Catano crosses the river: After two seasons at James I. O'Neill, John Catano will coach this fall at Hendrick Hudson, where he played the sport and began his coaching career.
School board approval came Wednesday, leaving little time to prepare for the 2019 season.
"I've got a lot of work to do," said Catano, whose coaching career began in 1983.
Catano's 2018 team at O'Neill went 7-3. Hendrick Hudson is coming off three consecutive 5-4 seasons under Michael Lynch.
Goshen lands a pinch-hitter: Goshen AD Matt O'Brien has turned to his former physical education teacher at Monroe-Woodbury to fill in this fall as the girls soccer coach.
With Anthony Monti having left after five sectional championships in six seasons, girls lacrosse coach Kiersten Swayne was lined up to take over. However, she is projected to be on maternity leave through the end of the season.
O'Brien bumped into Leslie Ahlborn at a recent concert and was struck by a thought: Allborn has the credentials to handle the job after 17 years as the head coach at Monroe-Woodbury plus the willingness to step aside when Swayne returns.
"I'm excited to get back into it," Ahlborn said.
Goshen's school board is expected to approve the arrangement Monday.
More changes: Cicero-North Syracuse is looking for a new girls lacrosse coach after Lloyd Hamilton stepped down following a 1-15 season.
Hamilton, 61, was 96-62 in nine seasons, reaching Section 3 finals three times.
"It's one of those situations where it was time to go. I was ready," Hamilton said.
Ex-Victor standout injured: A GoFundMe account in support of Ryan Maloney had raised almost $150,000 for the Cornell lacrosse attackman by Friday morning.
Maloney, a senior-to-be from Victor, injured his spinal cord while vacationing with friends last week in New Jersey, according to the GoFundMe page.
Maloney has sensation below his waist but no movement in his legs following emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord last weekend.
Maloney served as a Victor captain in his senior season as the Blue Devils won their second consecutive NYSPHSAA championship.
Dolac to prep school: Shaun Dolac, a first-team all-state linebacker and running back for West Seneca East last fall as a senior, will do a post-grad semester at Milford Academy in New Berlin.
Dolac hopes the visibility will translate into more college scholarship offers. He made 145 tackles, rushed for a school-record 1,993 yards and scored 36 touchdowns.
Dolac was also a standout in lacrosse at West Seneca East.