Leading off today:
Max Chamberlain rushed for 346 yards and a school-record six touchdowns to lead Hilton
to a 48-30 win over Horseheads in Kickoff Classic football Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
The Cadets ran for 466 yards in the season-opener.
In other games in Syracuse wrapping up the first weekend of the 2017 season:
• Senior quarterback SirVocea Dennis passed for three touchdowns and ran for two as Syracuse CBA rolled to a 41-0 victory over Henninger.
Dennis ran eight times for 151 yards. All three of his completions in six pass attempts went for scores.
• Batavia junior Ray Leach carried 19 times for 256 yards in a 37-0 win over Johnson City. Leach scored on carries of 56 and 95 yards in the first half. Senior QB Chandler Baker went 9-for-15 for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
• Port Byron/Union Springs, which played in the National Football Federation division for rebuilding programs a year ago, returned to Section 3 Class C with a 52-0 win over Phoenix.
A change in direction: I understand the intent, but I worry about the potential consequences.
That's my reaction just about every time I see a "to the readers" column from newspaper managers to announce changes in what will be covered and how it will be distributed.
The latest to check in with an explanation along the lines was The Advance on Staten Island. long a stalwart in the metro New York media scene. Citing the ongoing evolution in reading habits, Brian Laline revealed that the daily high school scores report will more or less go away in favor of a focus on projects and the big events.
"Today's readers want to know more," he wrote. "With social media, finding game details is easy. Readers want to get inside the locker room, inside the thinking of the athlete. They want to get to know the individuals.
They want to be told a story."
All true (arguably with the exception of game details being readily available elsewhere) and understandable. It's reasonable that newspapers in the Internet no longer strive to continue the "paper of record" approach. Gains in online ad and subscription revenue haven't come close to keeping up with what's been lost on the print side of the operation since 2000 or so due to the Internet, resulting in substantial jobs cuts at most papers. Newsrooms that used to have more reporters and photographers than all the local TV stations combined now sometimes have smaller staffs than the leading TV outlet in town.
And that's where it's become dicey. Though the announcement in The Advance didn't suggest a move in that direction, other papers have gone video-happy. It largely