Leading off today:
I took a breather for a couple of days after the NYSPHSAA track, lacrosse, baseball and softball seasons all concluded at once this past weekend, but news didn't stop happening.
So here's a look at a handful of notes that accumulated over the past few days:
Kelder coming back: The Kingston Board of Education approved superintendent Paul Paladino's recommendation last week for Ron Kelder to continue as the boys basketball coach. It's newsworthy because first-year AD Rich Silverstein did not endorse returning Kelder for a 23rd season on the bench.
"I'm glad to be back and I'm moving forward," Kelder, 1 1985 graduate of the school, said in a brief statement.
Kelder's teams have posted a 289-159 record with four Section 9 championships.
The Times Herald-Record reported that a number of area coaches had written letters to Kingston administrators in support of Felder.
Following up: The controversy seems to have died down now, but West Genesee Superintendent Christopher Brown went on the record Monday defending the character of Wildcats boys lacrosse players after outgoing coach Mike Messere had accused them of quitting after a loss to Ward Melville on Saturday.
Brown blogged an acknowledgement of "a disconnect for sure between the players and coaches" but said the players this season "were given a challenge, accepted it, and showed their heart all season. I wish them the very best, and they have plenty to be proud of."
More from his blog:
"When you have a legendary multi-generational coach, public opinion about 'how things should be,' really varies, and it can make for divisive conversations. It also puts kids in the middle. I have known our senior players since they were in second grade, and the underclassmen even longer. I know their character because I have watched them develop it. I have watched them succeed, fail, and learn for a long time. I was not there for the interview after the game because I did not have a field pass, but somewhere in that interview, the players were characterized as being quitters. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I strongly disagree."
New duties for LuHi coach:
Long Island Lutheran boys basketball coach John Buck has been promoted from dean of students to head of school
. Buck has been a teacher, coach and administrator at the school for a decade.
'Hot' topic: Count me amongst the people who have never quite understood the tradition of welcoming home a victorious high school team with an escort from the fire department, complete with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
There's nothing wrong or improper, I suppose, but it just seems a bit strange to punctuate a celebration with tools that usually indicate some form of danger and lives in peril.
Don Lehman of The Post-Star blogged the other day about the Glens Falls newspaper getting inquiries late Saturday and Sunday from readers wondering what all of the emergency vehicle traffic was all about in Queensbury as the baseball team returned from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament in Binghamton.
"In the video I saw," Lehman wrote, "I counted 14 fire trucks and chief vehicles, not including the firefighter personal vehicles with their lights on. There were sirens, air horns and people around Queensbury and Glens Falls were wondering if something major was going on."
Lehman noted that critics of such displays sometimes ask why students who have outstanding academic achievements don't get this sort of fanfare.
The answer there remains the same as always: No one races to the local high school after dinner on Friday night to watch the physics final exam.
A good friend: You've undoubtedly seen or heard about the great moment of friendship and sportsmanship after a Minnesota high school baseball playoff game over the weekend.