In sports, the Binghamton Senators will host the Syracuse Crunch tonight at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The B-Sens have just four home games left in the season, and tickets are available for $10 each tonight through Warehouse Carpets. Ottawa’s first-round pick from 2015 will make his debut in Binghamton tonight. Forward Colin White had 16 goals and 17 assists for Boston College this season, and led the US to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Tonight’s game begins at 7:05.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have narrowed down the list of possible names for their new mascot to five. They are Bing, Buster, Ross, Rowdy, and Rumbleton. Fans can vote for their favorite on the Rumble Ponies website through Monday. The team says the finalists were selected out of more than 1,000 submissions. The winner will be unveiled at the Meet the Ponies Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton on April 4, a week from today. Tickets are available for the dinner and the season at the NYSEG Stadium box office.
In NASCAR, Kyle Larson swept both the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy Cup events in California this weekend. As heard on WEBO, Larson dominated the final stage yesterday and held the rest of the field at bay over several late restarts to claim his second career victory. The win breaks a streak of three straight second-place finishes for Larson. He is now leading the points standings after the first five weeks. The Monster Energy Cup will return from their western swing this week for a short track race at Martinsville on Sunday.
The Seton Catholic Central girls basketball team can now say they are the best in New York after crushing the two downstate champions in the state’s Federation Tournament. The Saints demolished Long Island’s Aquinas 83-43 yesterday at the Glens Falls Civic Center to wrap up a 28-1 season. After losing to Susquehanna Valley in December, the Saints reeled off 26 straight victories to end their season. With yesterday’s win, Seton becomes the second in Section 4 girls basketball history to win the Federation championship, joining the 1997-98 Oneonta team. Senior Lexi Levy was named Federation Tournament MVP. She will be continuing her career at George Washington next year.
Both NASCAR series will end their three-week western swing in California this weekend with races at Auto Club Speedway that will be heard live on WEBO. Through the first four weeks, both the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series have yet to see a repeat winner. That could change this weekend. Austin Dillon is the defending champion of tomorrow’s Xfinity Series race. Motor Racing Network coverage will begin at 3:30pm. The Monster Energy Cup will race the Auto Club 400 on Sunday. MRN coverage will start at 2:30pm. California native Jimmie Johnson won last year’s race.
Syracuse basketball’s Tyler Lydon will declare for the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Elizaville, NY finished this season averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds per game. He also made 40 percent of his 3-point shots. With his departure, the Orange are losing three of their starting five from this season, as Andrew White and John Gillon were graduate students playing out their eligibility. Primary bench player Tyler Roberson is also graduating this year.
Jim Boeheim will remain as the head coach of the Syracuse men’s basketball team for at least the next few seasons after signing an extension yesterday. He had planned to retire following next season, but those plans changed when longtime assistant coach Mike Hopkins was named the new head coach for the Washington Huskies yesterday one day after the Orange ended their season with a loss to Ole Miss. Syracuse also announced that assistants Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara will stay on staff with Autry promoted to associate head coach.
Ryan Newman won yesterday’s Monster Energy Cup race at Phoenix. As heard on WEBO, he stayed out during the race’s final caution and was able to hold off the drivers with new tires as he claimed his first victory since 2013. Justin Allgaier won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race. Both series will stay on the West Coast and race at California next weekend.