Leading off today:
Susan Wagner coach Al Paturzo announced his retirement
Friday afternoon after 33 seasons as the Falcons' football coach and six PSAL city championships.
Paturzo, 72, became the PSAL's all-time leader in victories in 2011 and finishes with a record of 223-131-2.
"I still love coaching," Paturzo told The Advance. "The question was: When was it going to end?"
Paturzo cited a desire to spend more time with his seven grandchildren, but also acknowledged that he was frustrated with the Department of Education, the PSAL and other outside forces, the paper reported.
He criticized the reduction of the regular season to nine games in order to add another layer to the playoffs and said he was concerned over rumors the New York City Department of Education could add restrictions to practice schedules.
"We start practices on August 20 and have to get kids ready to play by September 3. You don't want to put kids into games right away," Paturzo said. "If you;re worried about kids' safety, you wouldn't be doing that. The idea of practice is all about safety. Knowing how to block, how to run and how to catch are all safety factors."
Part of the Paturzo legacy will be his early use of computer software in the 1980s to identify and exploit opponents' tendencies.
"We were scripting plays before anyone knew there was such a thing," he said. "We would input our terminology and type in what plays were run on downs ... then from what hash mark ... and from what formation."
Though the resulting data was valuable, the work was tedious.
"Coaches would be in there for hours, putting in data," Paturzo said. "A lot of people lost their minds in that room."
Bill Casey dies: Former Journal News sports reporter Bill Casey, who went on to coach baseball at Ossining, died Friday after battling cancer for several years. He was 46.
First diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2014, Casey continued to teach and coach baseball while undergoing treatment. Following a recurrence of the disease in 2015, he stepped down to undergo experimental treatments in the Philippines.
Casey worked as a reporter at The Journal News from 1993-2000.
Current coach Scott Deleso said Ossining would play Saturday's game at Mahopac as scheduled.
"We saw Bill last Saturday," Deleso said. "All he kept talking about was the team and what the lineup was going to look like."
Casey's death was the second blow to Section 1 baseball in a week. Last Saturday, veteran Eastchester coach Dom Cecere died at the age of 75.
Winning the hard way: Canastota's boys tennis team fielded the minimum number of players necessary to win