Leading off today:
Former Corcoran star Camille Murphy
has been appointed to succeed Jim Marsh as the girls basketball coach at Syracuse Corcoran.
"We're absolutely excited to have her," Corcoran AD Jim Palumbo said Friday. "It's great for the kids. It gets that deep basketball connection with the girls."
Marsh retired after 35 seasons with two NYSPHSAA championships and more than 500 victories. The basketball court at Corcoran is named after him.
Murphy scored 1,512 career points and led Corcoran to a state crown in 1998 before moving on to the University of Georgia and the WNBA. She coached at Skaneateles for two seasons beginning in 2016, going 20-21 before resigning over philosophical differences with administrators.
Eldred out of the mix: Eldred has canceled its 2019 football season due to a lack of participation.
"We just didn't have enough players," AD J.J. Gass told Hudson Valley Sports Report. "It's upsetting. I feel bad for the kids that showed up, especially the two, three seniors we had."
New York State Public High School Athletic Association rules require 12 players be available for games. Gass said the Yellowjackets had fewer than 10.
Eldred has struggled with participation recently. In 2016, the Yellowjackets forfeited to Millbrook on the Blazers' homecoming weekend. In 2017, the forfeited the Section 9 Class D championship to Millbrook when it couldn't dress the required 16 players for the title game.
A blazing start: Cato-Meridian seventh-grader Amber Clarke is off the a prolific start to the girls soccer season.
Clarke began her career with three goals Wednesday in a loss to C.G. Finney. She returned a day later to bag a school-record six goals in an 8-5 victory over Hannibal.
Clarke's total of nine goals is halfway to the program season mark of 18.
"She's the real deal -- fast, skilled and an outstanding finisher," coach Brad Andrews said. "She's going to be something special."
Venue change: Kudos to McQuaid coach Bob Bates and the school's administration for giving up the home field in Section 5's best rivalry. Officials from McQuaid and Aquinas were on hand Friday for an announcement that their Sept. 7 football opener will be moved to Frontier Field in downtown Rochester.
It will be the first football game in the history of the 23-year-old stadium, made possible by the fact that potentially tearing up the natural grass is irrelevant since the field is being resodded in mid-September.
Players were surprised when the section-wide schedule was announced this spring and the rivalry showdown was set for Week 1. The stadium venue further pumps up the excitement.
"Notre Dame was playing Boston College at Fenway Park a few years back," said Dan Mason, general manager of the International League's Rochester Red Wings and a McQuaid alum. "As I was sitting there in my seats on the first base line watching the game and looking around the ballpark seeing how Fenway transformed itself from the home of the Fighting Irish -- and Fenway is such an amazing ballpark -- it just struck me: 'This is really so cool, this is something I'd really like to try to do at Frontier Field.' I think our fans would love it, I think obviously the participants would love it."
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