Leading off today:
Two longtime boys basketball coaches from Central New York could reach big, round numbers in the win column this weekend.
Buddy Wleklinski, 62, who is in his 36th season at Syracuse CBA, has 499 career wins entering Saturday afternoon's game against Solvay. Bishop Grimes' Bob McKenney, 61, who also coached previously at Milton (Vt.) and Jamesville-DeWitt and Grimes in a 36-year career, can pick up his 600th win Saturday night at Mekeel Christian in Schenectady.
If one or both doesn't reach the milestone Saturday, their next game is a head-to-head matchup Tuesday at CBA.
The two, who are also athletic directors at their respective schools, have been longtime friends. Wleklinski has won eight Section 3 championships. After winning eight titles at Jamesville-DeWitt, McKenney picked up No. 9 at Grimes.
The two have coached against each other many times, but a hard-fought Christmas tournament game from a few years ago stands out among the many shared memories for what happened after a foul was called against CBA.
"So I turned to Bobby and deadpanned, 'It's about time you got a call,'" Wleklinski recalled.
Said McKenney: "I yelled (to Buddy), 'Yeah, they finally got one right, Buddy,'"
But the official, whose back was turned to the benches, thought McKenney was talking to him and called a technical foul. That drew a protest from McKenney that earned him a second technical and with it an automatic ejection.
"So I'm going to the other official and saying, 'He wasn't yelling at you. He was yelling at me,'" Wleklinski said. "I'm trying to talk them out of the technical, but he had to sit out a game."
Girls basketball: Ninth-ranked Cardinal O'Hara defeated No. 20 Lancaster St. Mary's 62-47 in a matchup of state-ranked Class AA schools from the Monsignor Martin Association.
O'Hara broke open a one-point game with a 24-point fourth quarter.
Aaliyah Parker led the winners with 19 points and Amelia Strong chipped in with 17.
Boys basketball: There's no digging out of a hole like this one.
McQuaid got a combined 11 3-pointers and 37 first-quarter points from Keith Warren and Kobe Long to overwhelm Rochester Franklin 108-70.
Warren finished with a career-high 34 points after going 9-for-10 on 3-pointers. Long recorded 31 points on the strength of eight 3-pointers..
Wrestling milestone: Harrison junior Tyler Joseph captured his 164th victory with a pin Thursday to become the school's career leader in wrestling.