Leading off today:
New Hartford's Miranda Smith came within a fraction of a point of making a clean sweep of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association gymnastics championships Saturday.
Smith won three of four events for a total of 38.675, points, easily outdistancing Jenna Blair (37.175) of Frontier and Skye Harper (37.100) of Bay Shore for the all-around championship at Cold Spring Harbor High School.
Smith won the floor exercise (9.600), balance beam (9.600) and uneven parallel bars (9.775). Harper (9.775) edged Smith (9.700) for honors in the vault.
It was Smith's fourth consecutive year placing in the top three of the all-around.
Smith finished third in the 2019 all-around, where she tied for honors in the floor exercise. She was also third in the all-around in 2018, where she won the floor exercise outright, and placed second in 2017.
The complete results are available in our reference section.
Fights mars basketball win: Amherst advanced to the Section 6 boys Class A-2 basketball semifinals with an 81-58 victory over Williamsville South but may find itself shorthanded Thursday.
Jaylen Stewart scored 21 of his game-high 27 points during the first half as the senior guard surpassed 1,000 career points. Mike DiGiulio led Williamsville South with 27 points.
With Amherst leading 53-36 in the final minute of the third quarter, Amherst's Myles Cooper was fouled on a 3-point attempt and rose to his feet to confront Williamsville South's Demetrius Wells. After the two exchanged pushes, another player went after Wells, triggering fighting that included at least one punch being thrown, The Buffalo News reported.
Seven players, including three from Amherst, were ejected for leaving the bench. That triggers an automatic one-game suspension.
Westhampton star hits milestone: Westhampton senior guard Belle Smith became the school's career scoring leader during a 49-34 victory over Pierson/Bridgehampton in the Section 1 girls basketball small schools championship at St. Joseph's College.
Smith surpassed Bronson Martin with a layup midway through the first quarter. She finished with 20 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals to help the team advance to play the Class AA winner of Northport and Longwood on Thursday for the Suffolk overall championship.
Smith now has 1,725 varsity points.
Skiing recap: I didn't get a chance to recap last week's NYSPHSAA alpine and nordic skiing meets, which kick off the state championships for the winter season.
In the boys slalom, honors went to Hunter Montgomery for the third consecutive year. The Queensbury standout's two-run time of 1:16.09 topped Andrew Fogarty of Saranac Lake (1:17.72). Alex Tooker of Oneida won the giant slalom with a two-run time of 1:55.05 to top Fogarty's 1:56.22.
Mamaroneck won the team championship with 84 points. Pittsford and Saranac Lake finished with 79 apiece.
The girls alpine winners at Bristol Mountain were Hannah Klingebiel of Schuylerville in the slalom and Ellenville's Logan Fredrickson in the giant slalom. Fredrickson pulled a slalom/GS sweep at the 2019 championships; Klingebiel was the 2018 slalom champion.
Klingebiel's two runs in 1:29.80 edged Samantha Burton (1:30.22) of Horace Greeley. Fredrickson coasted to victory in 1:56.58, with her sister Hayly Fredrickson second at 1:59.48.
Pittsford beat Ballston Spa 86-81 for the girls team title.
In the boys nordic meet, Rylan Hodgson (33.32.5) of Pittsford Sutherland won a close finish over Adrian Hayden (33:35.4) of Saranac Lake and Nick Logan (33:37.8) in the 10-kilometer individual race; Logan, Lucas Jenkin, and Teddy Borgos won the relay in 31:15.2.
Queensbury (88) captured team honors over Honeoye Falls-Lima (74).
The girls' 7.5-kilometer race was captured by Grace Mattern of Brighton in 22:55.5 over Mayfield's Madison Relyea (23:02.0). Mattern capped her meet by teaming with Emelia Jordan and Cate Anzellotti to triumph in the relay in 25:37.3.
Mattern, the 2018 individual champ, and Jordan were part of the Barons' 2019 relay championship trio.
Brighton edged Saranac Lake and Mayfield for the team championship.
Accusation against former coach: A woman's civil suit alleges that Lou DiRienzo, who resigned as New Rochelle football coach late last year, sexually abused her when she