Leading off today:
Back-to-back Section 4 championships and a romp through the state tournament last March has earned Seton Catholic a move up to Class A in girls basketball season for the 2017-18 season, WBNG-TV reported
Coach Colleen Jayne confirmed the team has being moved up on the heels of a 28-1 season that ended with 26 consecutive victories. The average margin in three NYSPHSAA tournament contests and two wins in the Federation Class B tournament was 27.8 points a game.
Though New York State Sportswriters Association Class B player of the year Lexi Levy graduated in the spring, the Saints are projected to return four starters including New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament MVP Hanna Strawn.
Marcellus pioneer departs: There will be a changing of the guard in the Marcellus girls lacrosse program after coach Dick Lundblad and assistant Bill Hennigan made official their decision to step down.
Lundblad, a former high school All-American attackman at West Genesee, started a girls club team in Marcellus 20 years ago and the varsity squad a year later. His teams went 233-111 with five league championships.
Lundblad quoted fellow West Genesee alum Chris Kenneally, who earlier this year retired as boys lacrosse coach at Fayetteville-Manlius. "Chris summed it up pretty good," Lundblad said. "You go from who's who, to who's he, to who cares in a flash. I didn't want to wait around until I was in that third group."
Catching up: Medina ended Wilson's 40-match winning streak in Niagara-Orleans League boys with a 228-260 victory Monday at Willowbrook Golf Club. Ian Wagner, a state tournament qualifier last season led Medina with a 37 to share medalist honors with Nate Fox of Wilson.
Chiming in: The editorial pages have not been immune to the waves of cost-cutting most newspapers have undergone on a regular basis since the commercial Internet started hitting its stride around the turn of the century.
It's left scant time, space and manpower for many editorial staffs to dip into high school sports matters other than reacting to scandals and tragedies, and even then often with a cursory approach. That was most certainly not the case over the weekend when The Post-Star chimed in with a thoughtful 900-word piece on the future of football.
Taking note of the decision last week by Salem to drop varsity football this season due to having just 19 players available, the paper pointed to the number of schools now fielding teams of fewer than 30 players as well as the steadily declining enrollments in many districts and called for a serious conversation about whether football can be sustained in Section 2 north of Albany. "[I]f it is to continue, many schools will need to seriously consider mergers with other schools." they wrote.
"We'd like to see the local football schools look seriously at merging programs with other schools if they are intent on keeping a viable program. Nineteen players are not enough to field a team, considering the physical demands and injuries inherent to the sport. While the NYSPHSAA sets 16 as the minimum number of players needed before a team must forfeit, we believe that is too few."
In addition, the editorial called for an "informed discussion" about head trauma, calling it long overdue and citing recent medical research.
You can read the full editorial here.
More interesting reading: There were at least two profiles written this week that are worthy of a few minutes of your time.
• Dan Doherty, 61, has been the New York State Sportswriters Association's girls cross country editor, compiling weekly rankings and the season-ending all-state team, for as long as I can remember. People who know him will confirm his recollection of the past and grasp of the present in the world of running boggles the mind.
With Doherty starting his 40th season as the coach at Pearl River, The Journal News wrote an enlightening feature about him this week. It turns out that there's a lot more to