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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018: Journal News examines issue of parents crossing the line

   Leading off today: Major-college football and basketball coaches are quite familiar with the warning that there's a fine line between a booster club and a terrorist organization.

   It's been apparent for a long time that moms and dads should acquaint themselves with its scholastic corollary:

   "There is a fine line between being a supportive parent and being an overbearing one," Dr. Leah Lagos, a clinical sports psychologist, told The Journal News.

   Lagos was chiming in on the issue of adults increasingly looking for ways to involve themselves in the sports their kids are playing by means of acting out on the sidelines, harranging coaches and just generally being boorish. The paper rolled out a package exploring the issue on Wednesday, noting that physical altercations are rare but emotional behavior is not.

   A panel of athletic directors brought together by the paper cited the multi-million dollar travel teams industry and the cost of private lessons as factors contributing to parents unreasonable expectations.

   "I think it's because of the investment that parents are making," North Salem AD and boys basketball coach Henry Sassone said. "In today's world of travel programs, parents could be spending 10, 12, 15 thousand dollars a year in speed workouts, private trainers, skill coaches, (Amateur Athletic Union) -- so, the investment financially is a great one, therefore the expectation is when they come back to the high school program, they're going to have immediate success."

   Said Nick Daniello, who runs travel teams, camps and clinics: "I tell parents, 'The amount of money you spend will not make your kid a better athlete. The amount of money you spend will not make your kid go put in the extra work that's required to be great.'"

   The main story in the package is an exhaustive, informative look at multiple issues related to the topic. Set aside a solid 20 minutes to get through it, but it's worth your time.

   Softball decision: The NYSPHSAA staff and the organization's softball committee met Wednesday and both recommended a Suffolk County venue to host the state final fours from 2020-2022.

   The Moriches Athletic Complex won out over Moreau Park in Section 2, the longtime host located about an hour north of Albany.

   The final say on the matter belongs to the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee, which next meets Feb. 1.

   An observation: The drive from Western New York's far reaches to the middle of Section XI easily exceeds seven hours, a fact certain to be noted by numerous people as word spreads about the softball committee's decision.

   Let me just say that if you weren't previously raising an eyebrow about hockey teams traveling from the far reaches of Sections 7 and 10 to Buffalo or boys lacrosse teams trekking from Long Island to Rochester then you're not likely to garner a lot of sympathy over the softball decision.

   Girard on a terror, again: Joe Girard III made 10 3-pointers on his way to 57 points Tuesday as Glens Falls defeated Johnstown 96-65 in boys basketball.

   The state's all-time leading scorer also had seven rebounds and six assists as he continued the upward trajectory in scoring after the conclusion of a state-championship football season. Girard, who averaged 50 points a game as a junior, has put up 34, 41, 53 and 57 points in the current campaign for an average of 46.3 a contest.

   Fourth-quarter rallies: Trailing by double digits entering the fourth quarter, host Rochester Monroe rallied past Leadership Academy 86-77 in overtime.

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  •    The Red Jackets, who hadn't been able to host games for more than a decade, posted their first victory in their new gymnasium.

       Fidel Brock scored eight points in the fourth quarter and five more in overtime against Leadership, ranked 23rd in the state in Class A.

       "We wanted to come in here and prove ourselves," Brock said. "We always play with a chip on shoulder."

        • Down 37-22 at the half, Baldwinsville rallied past defending state Class AA champion Liverpool 69-66. The Bees scored 28 points in the fourth quarter.

       J.J. Starling led the way with 23 points. Liverpool's Kyle Butler had a game-high 29 points.

       More boys basketball: After coaching at Buffalo Burgard for 17 years, Willie "Hutch" Jones led South Park to a 62-60 victory over his former team as Elijah Lewis finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

       "Just doing my job," Jones said. "It was pretty unique situation, going against some of the players I coaches."

        • Buffalo Arts beat Davinci High 94-11 in a game last week. On Tuesday, they learned how the other half lives, dropping a 46-43 non-leaguer to Holland.

       A full agenda: The Warsaw school board caught an earful Tuesday from residents regarding a controversy over the removal of a logo from wrestling singlets, which I blogged about this week.

       One speaker accused Superintendent Joseph Englebert of a vendetta against former volunteer coach and local wrestling club founder Brad Paddock, who was memorialized in the logo. Englebert denied the accusation.

       "Though he and I did not see eye to eye on a number of things within our local wrestling community, we never spoke negatively about each other in public, or at least I did not about him and it was never shared if he did about me," Englebert said.

       The board also heard appeals on behalf of Scott Laubenheimer, who is not expected to be reappointed as the girls soccer coach next fall, reportedly over the use of foul language.


      
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