"Now, it's become commonplace for parents to use their influence to have coaches removed when they disapprove. They apply pressure on athletic directors behind closed doors to get what they want. It could be because they disagree with their coaching style, or -- gasp! -- a coach had the nerve to discipline their child."
Speaking of coaches: With Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake AD Joe Scalise serving as acting head coach, the Spartans beat Scotia-Glenville 15-4 Tuesday in a Section 2 Class C girls lacrosse semi.
Tenth-year coach Jake McHerron and assistant Marylou Vosburgh were placed on administrative leave last week pending the results of an investigation. The Daily Gazette reported that a source indicated that a parent or parents had complained about McHerron's stringent practices.
Scalise would not confirm the reason for the investigation.
"We have talked to a lot of athletes," Scalise said. "It's an ongoing investigation."
On the move: Victor has hired Duane "Duey" Weimer as its new athletic director, replacing the retiring Ron Whitcomb next month.
Weimer is in his third year as the AD at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, where he previously taught as well as coached football, girls volleyball, boys track and field, and girls lacrosse.
Good reading: I've pretty much beaten the spring weather story to death the past six weeks, but I wanted to call one more installment to your attention. Cassandra Negley in Oneonta did a thorough look at the impact of the snow, rain and wind on Section 4 this spring.
Seriously? A Southern Connecticut Conference baseball quarterfinal was supposed to have been postponed due to weather, but the teams took it upon themselves to settle the outcome via a robust game of "Rock, paper, scissors." North Haven "defeated" Amity 6-5.
Not surprisingly, the "game" result -- which in theory gave North Haven coach Bob DeMayo his 900th victory -- likely won't count in the official SCC logs, though the conference commissioner was reported to be determining whether to accept the faux result.
If you need a laugh, check out this wonderfully detailed "game" story.