Leading off today:
Parents, students and teachers packed the General Brown High School cafeteria Monday to tell the school board they were unhappy with the removal
of Janelle Ferris as girls basketball coach on Nov. 17, The Daily Times reported.
The board allowed for eight public comments to be made, all of which supported reinstating Ferris.
No response was made by the board, which into executive session afterward.
Senior captain Anna Bauter called Ferris' removal "easily the most heartbreaking thing I've experienced in my whole athletic career." She also expressed frustration that the team's captains were not consulted as district officials conducted an inquiry but younger players were questioned.
The team opens its season Tuesday vs. Lowville with interim coaches Stacy Bauter and Matt Milkowich on the bench. Junior varsity coach Lindsay Hanson stepped down from her position after Ferris was removed.
Milestone: Horseheads girls basketball coach Andy Scott reached 300 career wins Friday when the Blue Raiders defeated Holland Patent 44-35 in the opening round of the Anthony C. Drago Tournament at Oneonta.
"We've been pretty fortunate at Horseheads to have a lot of hard-working kids and great families that have been supporting of the program," said Scott, who is in his 20th season. "The bottom line is you're not going to be very successful unless you have personnel to go out and do it."
Horseheads has posted winning records in 18 of Scott's previous 19 seasons.
An end to the futility: Dundee's 47-29 victory over Clyde-Savannah in girls basketball on Friday was the program's first win in the sport since the 2014-15 season. Megan Sutherland's 13 points led the way.
The Scots did not put a team on the court in the 2015-16 season, then went 0-17 and 0-19 the past two year.
"The girls showed a lot of heart, hustle and determination that led to a great defensive effort which was most evident when they allowed only one point in the second quarter," coach Michael Strait said.
Back on the ice: Albany Academy has not dropped out of ice hockey in the elite New England Prep League, but the school is fielding a Section 2 squad for the first time since 1997.
While the NEPL team remains separate and intact, former coach Dave Rider has returned to run the squad playing in the Capital District High School Hockey League.
"It is something that we've thought about the last couple of years," Rider said. "We've had a JV program that really wasn't doing what we were hoping it would do, which was develop players that could play ultimately on the prep school level."
Players who either couldn't make the cut or didn't want to commit to the grind of the NEPL circuit, now have an alternative if they want to continue their career.
"We had kids that enjoy the game and just want to continue playing," Rider said. "We also have some young kids that are skilled players that we want to try to give them an opportunity to develop so they can reach their goals of playing at the