Leading off today:
Curt Fischer's days of coaching apparently are over at Maple Grove, where he has won a total of five NYSPHSAA championships in three sports.
Fischer confirmed to media outlets Friday that he had resigned as the school's football and boys basketball coach effective immediately.
Fischer, 54, who has won two state titles apiece in football and basketball plus one in baseball, had previously surrendered his position as the softball coach. His resume includes a 221-45 record in football, and his final two teams played in New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship games.
"They say with every ending there is a new beginning, and after 25 years it is time for a change," he wrote in an email to reporters. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the end of my coaching career at Maple Grove High School."
A statement from Bemus Point Board Education President John Novotny and Superintendent Michael Mansfield characterized Fischer's departure as initially an unpaid leave of absence from basketball requested by the coach and approved Jan. 8, The Post-Journal reported. That development is included in the posted draft of minutes from the meeting, and Fisher subsequently resigned from the position.
The statement indicated an understanding that Fischer, who is not a teacher or district employee, was also surrendering the football duties "to spend more time with his family."
Fischer made a reference to changes he has seen over the years.
"Accepting blame and ridicule is part of coaching and something I took in stride for many years, but now that my children are part of the process it is time for me to become a father and not a coach," he wrote.
He thanked the district's administration, but added somewhat cryptically, "[T]he future success of the football and basketball programs will take support and backing of the administration as well as our student-athlete (families), so I hope changes can be made."
Later Friday, Fischer elaborated in interview with The Buffalo News.
"The parents don't care for me here so I don't know what else to say," he said. "I guess I'm intimidating to the players. ... It wasn't a good thing.
"It's been a year-long thing. ... It's coming to the head because it's hurting my children."
Maple Grove AD Kathy Burnett referred questions to the superintendent.
Mansfield said the district is working on finding a permanent appointment to complete the basketball season. JV coach Jordan Gould has been running the team in the interim.
Boys hockey: Brennan Brown recorded a hat trick and James Merkley chipped in with four points as McQuaid rolled past Baldwinsville 9-1.