During my initial tour of websites this morning, I didn’t expect to find much worth reading. I was dead wrong. Quite a bit to devour this morning, including:
• Edgemont held off a fierce rally from Ardsley, beating the Panthers 67-63 behind four points in the final 22.3 seconds by Billy Kreinik. Ardsley trailed 22-9 to open the game but rallied all the way back to tie the score in the final minute, thanks, in part, to a 30-13 run. Mike Dougherty has the story, which is another tough loss for 2-13 Ardsley, certainly the top two-win team in the section. He included a great quote from Edgemont coach Joe Galgano. “There are no more secrets at this point in the season,” he said. “You have to grind it out.”
• The first New York State High School Football Classic is set for June 6 at the Carrier Dome. All players with a letter of intent to a Division I or I-AA school are eligible to play in the event, which will feature 40 or 50 players on both the upstate and downstate rosters. Players, see your coaches for applications.
• Speaking of football, coaches, players, parents — if your players, you or your son will commit to a college program as part of signing day next week, please e-mail me and let me know immediately at email@example.com.
• Just like with football, the New York State Sportswriters Association has launched a special site for boys basketball, called Road to Glens Falls. You can find the site here. It includes links, Twitter updates and other newsworthy buzz from around the state, like the fact that Holy Cross upset state No. 1 Rice early this week.
• Here’s the Poughkeepsie Journal’s story on Brian Walsh — offensive innovator and former Brewster coach — leaving John Jay-East Fishkill to take the job at Lourdes. With an area to cull players from and plans for a turf field and other new facilities in the works, Walsh said “I’m excited. I’ve never before worked in a private-school setting. It was attractive to me.”
• Lastly, not football or basketball but a fascinating story nonetheless. I wrote something today on four Catholic/private schools being banned from Sunday’s Westchester County Championships by Section 1. The decision was rendered yesterday by executive director Jennifer Simmons and most notably affects Iona Prep, the three-time defending champ. Give it a read. It’s an important story in Section 1 sports, regardless of which ones you follow.