St. Joe's lacrosse recorded a tremendous victory today.
But there is a tremendous amount of controversy about the finish.
St. Joe's beat longtime Monsignor Martin power Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 13-12, in two overtime Monday afternoon at St. Joe's. The loss ended 49-game win streak for Timon in Monsignor Martin regular season games. The Tigers' last loss was to St. Francis on May 19, 2007.
Junior James Bassett scored 59 seconds into the second overtime after Timon thought it had won the game.
I watched the live video feed via sjci.com. It's available here; the archived broadcast is not available yet but should be within the next 24 hours. I could not tell whether or not Timon's goal was actually a goal. Here's what I saw:
Friday games 7 p.m. and Saturday games 2 p.m. unless noted.
City host fields: All High Stadium (AH), Riverside (R), Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium (JBW)
Friday, Sept. 6
Clarence at Frontier
Niagara Falls at Jamestown
Orchard Park at West Seneca West
Grand Island at Hamburg
Sweet Home at Iroquois
North Tonawanda at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
Kenmore East at East Aurora/Holland, 7:30 p.m.
Williamsville South vs. East (AH)
Williamsville North vs. McKinley (R)
Amherst at Medina /Lyndonville (Veterans Park), 7:30 p.m.
Bennett vs. Burgard (AH), 4:30 p.m.
Dunkirk at Alden
Wilson at Akron
Barker/Roy-Hart at Lackawanna (Veterans Stadium)
Cattaraugus/Little Valley at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Salamanca at Falconer
Fredonia at Silver Creek/Forestville
Southwestern at Gowanda
Sherman at Franklinville
Frewsburg at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Portville at Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (at MG)
Westfield/Brocton at Randolph
Cassadaga Valley at Ellicottville/West Valley, 7:30 p.m.
I was unable to cover it this year, but here is the rundown from Thursday night's Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Classic at Niagara Falls. Both games featured impressive performances by Canisius guards, one graduating (Aaron White), and two seemingly poised to step up as they heads into their junior (LaTerrance Reed) and sophomore (Howard Washington) seasons.
Falls coach Sal Constantino reported that the Freshman/Sophomore game that tipped off the night was "the best game we've had since I have been involved" with the games.
The East beat the West, 95-91, in TRIPLE-overtime. "It was a tough game all the way through, and at the end of regulation and the OTs, kids kept hitting clutch shots," said Constantino.
East High sophomore Percy Bryant (22 points) and Canisius freshman Washington (16) led the winning East side while Canisius sophomore Reed had 30 for the West, including many clutch shots in the late going.
Usually one of the most entertaining chats of the year is scheduled for tonight at 9: You ask, I answer on the All-Western New York basketball team. I'll likely get things started by going over some of the tweets that have been fired off since Saturday.
The complete lists of the teams, including honorable mentions are here: boys and girls. Here are bios of the second, third and fourth teams for boys and girls. And the bios of the first team for boys and girls, except the Players of the Year: Canisius' Adam Weir and Grand Island's Cassie Oursler.
Buffalo's hosting of the 2010 Empire State Games continues to pay dividends with its annual awarding of the Legacy Fund Scholarship.
The success of the Buffalo Games generated excess revenue that has been reinvested into the community in the form of scholarships and grants for the purpose of further developing amateur sports in the Buffalo Niagara region.
Once again this year two $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually to one male and one female who has participated in the Games and has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the community. Application deadline for this year is May 17 and the winners will be announced on May 31.
I ran out of room way too quickly in Wednesday's PrepTalk -- I was only able to mention what happened: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Cheektowaga won a national title at the National High School Coaches Association wrestling championships at Virginia Beach. That is major enough, but it was how he did it.
Watch Rodriguez-Spencer's "flying squirrel" move to beat Alfred Bannister of Maryland, the country's fifth-ranked junior at 138 pounds, by a 4-3 score. Rodriguez-Spencer, who moved up from his state championship weight of 132, was trailing before the forward-flip move with 10 seconds left.
The move earned him a national Junior Class (11th graders) title as well as the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the juniors' meet.
Check it out here in video uploaded by allsportswny:
It's a BIG week for us here as we prepare for Saturday's annual All-Western New York basketball issue.
Here's a look at some key upcoming dates:
Friday: As we did during football season, we will have a special digital tipoff to the All-WNY festivities. Lauren Mariacher and I will host a special PrepTalkTV episode in which we will reveal the first team selections in boys and girls basketball. It will first air at 11:30 a.m. at buffalonews.com (following the Bucky & Sully Show and GustoTV) and will be available throughout the day.
Saturday: The complete 55th annual All-WNY boys basketball team and complete 33rd annual All-WNY girls basketball team will be unveiled, as will The News Players of the Year, in our special keepsake edition.
The All-Western New York edition will again feature a wraparound poster page cover and will also include the final poll winners, the all-league teams from every division in Western New York, the all-time WNY basketball teams and scoring leaders, and more.
Here are all top 40 All-WNY players introducing themselves in a video released Saturday:
Wednesday, April 10: I will discuss this year's team and our selection of it as well as our special issue in a live chat at 9 p.m. Along with the post-All-WNY football chat, it is usually one of our most lively discussions of the year.
Monday, April 15: The second annual Prep Talk/BCANY boys basketball banquet will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell 14219.
Honored will be the Allen Wilson Player of the Year, the entire All-WNY team and many other players, as well as the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Western New York chapter's coaches of the year. Honorees have been contacted or will be in the coming days.
Tickets to the event are $20 ($18 for BCANY members) and can be reserved by forwarding payment (make checks out to BCANY) by April 10 to Al Monaco, 1956 Hanley Drive, Lake View, 14085; after April 10, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for information.
Award recipients are guests and do not have to pay.
Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.