Leading off today:
Granted these are just a handful of coaches out of tens of thousands across the county, but their stories also pretty good examples of why it gets a little bit tougher with each passing year to attract and retain people in scholastic sports:
(1) The girls varsity and JV basketball coaches at Salmon High in Idaho resigned suddenly after the varsity coach's car was severely vandalized while the team traveled to a game. Richard Barany's car had its tires slashed and a headlight smashed out, prompting the coach to quit. JV coach Sarah Foster followed suit, and the school put the season on hold pending the hiring of replacements.
(2) Brainerd (Minn.) boys basketball coach Scott Stanfield, a retired police officer, gave notice that he and his staff will leave at the end of the season.
"I go from being a cop to this, and it's one stressful job to another and it's time for a break," Stanfield said. "Coaching was worse. Coaching has been way worse.
"If you win, it doesn't matter. If you lose, it doesn't matter. If their kid doesn't get enough playing time ... look out."
Stanfield said it started last year and has spilled over into this season, which began with five wins in six games but has seen the team;s record since slip to 5-6.
"It was after an away game, and over the year it just kind of hit a boiling point, and it was time to re-evaluate what we're doing as a school, maybe as a staff, and maybe as a parental community," Stanfield said. "We're not on the same page as far as what we want our kids to get out of the experience."
Brainerd activities director Charlie Campbell said he's taking this resignations personally.
"The hardest part for me is just the sense of professional failure that in some ways I have failed to create an environment where coaches want to take part in," Campbell said. "I know this is one coach and his staff so I need to be careful, but it's really a personal thing. What could I have done differently? What should I be doing to create an environment that is more conducive to keeping people?"
Boys basketball: Brooklyn Collegiate scored its second victory of the season against Abraham Lincoln, ranked third in the state in Class AA, by defeating the Railsplitters 62-59.
Glen Anderson led four Collegiate scorers in double figures with 17 points and also contributed 10 assists.
• Frontier made a school-record 17 3-pointers in an 88-59 win against Depew. The Falcons made 14 of the threes in the first half and finished 17-for-32 from behind the arc. Ben Taylor made 7 of 8 threes to lead Frontier.
Girls basketball: Aurora DeShaies finished with 19 points and eight rebounds as fifth-ranked Bishop Ludden downed No. 3 Westhill 61-54 in overtime in a matchup of state-ranked Section 3 Class B teams.
Amarah Streiff added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.
With Westhill standout Danielle Rauch in foul trouble, Ludden took a 27-14 advantage into halftime.
Change of plans: Not only has Casey Rogers changed future schools, the former Westhill football and lacrosse star has switched sports.
Rogers is doing a post-grad year at Avon (Conn.) Old Farms. Up until recently he was expected to enroll at Syracuse University next fall and play lacrosse for the Orange. However, he tweeted Wednesday that he will instead attend Nebraska and play football.
Rogers, an all-state defensive end while at Westhill, said he has received offers from Cal, Rutgers, Temple and