Leading off today:
Mike Zacchio of The Journal News followed up Tuesday on the issue of whether NYSPHSAA championship soccer games
should be played out until one team prevails rather than crowning co-champions after half an hour of overtime.
It's a good piece and covers the bases. As often happens, though, I found a nugget in there that intrigued me even more than the primary topic.
The Pearl River girls were involved in one of three Sunday title games across the state that ended with co-champions being declared since the NYSPHSAA does not go to penalty kicks if overtime fails to break a tie.
I found it very interesting that Pirates coach Tim Peabody had his team work on penalty kicks in practices leading up the final fours weekend in Cortland. He knew the rule about crowning co-champions but told Zacchio he did not relay that detail to his players ahead of time because he didn't want them to be disgruntled about the possibility of sharing a state title.
"They have to realize this is sometimes the way things work in life, Peabody said. "You do your best, and you're matched by somebody equal."
As a player, I think I'd probably want to know an important detail like that going into the championship game. On the other hand, I completely understand why a coach might not want to put that fact out there ahead of time.
I suppose it could make for some fun theoretical discussions amongst coaches, players, ADs and parents, and I don't think there are any wrong answers.
Speaking of good reads: Roxanne Noeth is the new boys basketball coach at Byron-Bergen, and there's little doubt that she has the background for the job.
As Roxanne Chupp, she was s star player for the Section 5 school's girls team in the 1980 and followed up with a strong career for legendary coach Phil Kahler at St. John Fisher College, one of the top Division III programs in the nation in that era.
She was a college assistant for three seasons after graduation and served as the assistant boys coach at B-B the past two seasons while her son Colin was a player on the team. She was selected to be head coach after Chad Smith left to become an assistant at Livonia, his alma mater.
"We interviewed four people for the job and she was far and away the best candidate," said Principal Pat McGee, himself the team's coach from 2009-13. "Woman, man, I don't care. It doesn't matter. If you can coach, you can coach."
Said Noeth: "I just feel like I have teaching in me. I think that makes a big difference dealing with players ... it makes it easier to communicate."
She joked that she is most excited to be able to stand up on the bench this winter and even yell at a referee, which is supposed to be off limits for assistants. Her regular-season debut will be Nov. 24 at Warsaw's tournament.