Editor's note: This blog was updated Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. to add information to the Section 5 basketball item and clarify regarding the latest grievance.
Leading off today: One of the under-the-radar stories of a weekend of postseason competition came out of Section 2, where Johnstown fell one win short of a New York State Public High School Athletic Association field hockey championship at the end of a season that almost wasn't.
Parents, fans, and friends who couldn't make the trip to Alden gathered in the high school auditorium and watched the 1-0 setback in the state final vs. Bronxville on video.
In May, Johnstown eliminated nearly all funding for its after-school athletics programs after voters rejected a budget proposal with a 35 percent tax levy increase. The budget failed to garner the 60 percent supermajority needed to override the New York state property tax cap.
Subsequently faced with the prospect of no scholastic sports this school year, the community began a huge fundraising campaign to raise $311,000. Field hockey coach Christine Krempa was one of those spearheading the drive.
"It's amazing. It's definitely not the outcome we wanted today, but I just really hope this community is proud of these kids," Krempa said. "Because it just was an extra battle."
Heading to Glens Falls: The fields are set for the final weekend of the girls volleyball season, with 20 teams making it through qualifying Friday or Saturday.
Pool play will be held Saturday and finals Sunday at Cool Insuring Arena.
Class AA -- Our Lady of Mercy, Connetquot, Ossining, Baldwinsville.
Class A -- Irondequoit, Rockville Centre South Side, Hendrick Hudson, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
Class B -- Broadalbin-Perth, Seaford, Westhill, Ardsley.
Class C -- Portville, Pierson, Valhalla, Lake George.
Class D -- Galway, Haldane, Candor, Panama.
Heading to SU: Elmira point guard Kiara Fisher, who underwent two major surgeries over the last 11 months that kept her out for a season, signed during a ceremony on Friday night to play women's basketball at Syracuse University next season.
"It's pretty amazing," she said. "All the people who are here tonight have supported me in some way throughout my life. It means a lot to know that that many people want to come watch me basically sign a paper. It's kind of crazy."
Fisher led the Express to back-to-back Section 4 Class AA championships as a freshman and sophomore. She underwent shoulder surgery last December, returned to AAU basketball in the spring and suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in her second game, resulting in surgery June 24 to repair that injury.
The knee surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Shelbourne in Indianapolis. His technique is designed for a quick recovery that has allowed Fisher to participate in recent workouts. She to return to the court for games next month.
"Kiara spearheaded this class years ago with her commitment to us," Orange coach Quentin Hillsman said in a press release. "She is a pure point guard with great vision and is very crafty off the bounce."
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