Quality tie for Albertus Magnus:
Defending NYSPHSAA girls Class A soccer champion Albertus Magnus traveled to Tennessee over the weekend and came home with a 1-1 tie against the nation's top-ranked team in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
The result snapped a 57-game winning streak for Bearden (Tenn.), the 2022 USC national champion.
"We know their history of success and the girls that went through their program, we've done research on them and the current girls they have now," Falcons coach Dan Samimi told LoHud.com. "They have two girls going to the SEC and a bunch of other Division I commits, so we know they're great, but in our minds, we said we're a really good team, too. We had a game plan the girls executed really well and they left everything they had on the field."
Maggie Murphy sent a pass to Gabby Chan for the tying goal late in the first half, and the teams played scoreless soccer the rest of the way. Aubrey Haesche made 11 saves for the Falcons.
Softball switch: The NYSPHSAA announced on Tuesday that the 2024 state championship weekend will have a new home at Martha Avenue Recreational in Suffolk County.
The event, slated for June 7-8, was previous slated for a third consecutive year at Moriches Athletic Complex, also in Section 11. State officials said the switch ensures the tournament is played on softball-specific fields.
The past two championship weekends were played on multi-purpose turf fields with baseball and softball markings. The fields at the Martha Avenue complex are softball-only.
The NYSPHSAA will begin accepting bids to host the 2025-27 championship weekends next month.
Texas district eyes $94 million stadium: A Texas school district has proposed spending $94 million on an 8,000-seat football stadium as part of a $2.8 billion bond proposal to deal with explosive growth.
The Prosper Independent School District most recently spent $48 million on another stadium in 2019. Voters will decide the fate of the proposal, which would not affect taxes rates according to the district, on Nov. 7.
The district had three campuses and a few hundred students in 2002. It now houses 28,000 students in 25 buildings, and the student population has been growing by 3,000 enrollments per year recently.