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Friday, Aug. 9, 2019: AD apologizes for tweet about anonymous complaints

   Leading off today: I figured something was up when a tweet that I had marked with a "like" and then retweeted -- and I certainly wasn't alone in that respect -- suddenly was nowhere to be found when I went back to look for it a few hours later on Thursday.

   Impolitic as it may have been, there was more than just a bit of validity to the Twitter comment in question from Shenendehowa AD Chris Culnan. So, naturally, he now finds himself apologizing for it, Spectrum News in Albany reported.

   "I apologize for the way the tweet was interpreted," Culnan told the cable news channel. "I do stand behind the fact we got to continue the dialogue of how people work together when they don't agree."

   The tweet in question featured a video of paper being dropped through a shredder and into a trash can labeled "the anonymous letter filing cabinet." Culnan was making the perfectly legitimate point that -- aside from usually being baseless -- anonymous, ad hominem attacks against coaches, administrators or students solve absolutely nothing.

   Culnan said such missives even show up at coaches' homes and in the classrooms of players.

   "We won't appease everybody and we don't have enough uniforms for every kid who wants to play a sport at Shenendehowa. So, I know there will always be kids frustrated, but I'm not sure if the answer to that is what we've been seeing," Culnan said.

   Men's golf: Ben Reichert won the 97th New York State Men's Amateur Championship by one stroke at Crag Burn Golf Club following Thursday's 36-hole wrap-up.

   Reichert, who graduated from Williamsville North in 2016 as a two-time Section 6 boys champion, carded a 1-over-par 73 in the fourth round to finish at 4-over 292. Chris Blyth of Mendon Golf Club finished as runner-up at 5-over 293.

   "It feels unbelievable. We looked at a four-shot lead at one point, and I made it a little harder on myself than I wish I would have," Reichert said. "But I was able to get it done and it's all good now."

   Earlier this summer, Reichert won the Florida State Amateur Championship in a sudden-death playoff. He begins his junior season on the University of Alabama-Birmingham golf team later this month/

   Late decision: Recent Brooklyn Collegiate graduate Glen Anderson will continue his basketball career at the Maryland-Eastern Shore, he disclosed Thursday.

   The point guard was a third-team all-state selection in Class AA. He had also been considering Fairfield, Howard and UMass.

   On the coaching front: Pat Britton has been promoted to head girls lacrosse coach at Syracuse CBA, where he had been an assistant since 2011.


   Doug Sedgwick announced earlier this summer that he was stepping down after compiling a 238-65 mark and four NYSPHSAA titles in 15 seasons.

   "Those are some big shoes to fill," Britton said. "I'm excited to continue what's here, but also bring my own take to it."

    • Stop us if you've heard this one before, but Rick Tomm is Eric Jantzi's successor as the North Tonawanda football coach. When Jantzi stepped down after the 2010 season for family reasons, Tomm replaced him for the 2011 campaign.

   Tomm guided the Lumberjacks to a 7-2 record and a playoff appearance, but turnover in the athletic department as well as on the football staff led to Tomm stepping down after one season.

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   "At this point with the season starting soon, I figured it'd be best to hire from within," AD Matt Cook said.

    • Batavia assistant Anthony Macaluso has been appointed boys basketball coach at Perry following the school board's decision to not reappoint Brian Ellsworth after a 14-10 mark in his first season.

    • Jack Jeffres will coach the Pavilion boys basketball team following Rob Milligan's retirement after 17 seasons. Jeffres is a 2010 Pavilion graduate.

    • Mike Butler, who won six Section 5 championships at Greece Athena, is the new girls basketball coach at Spencerport. Butler, who also coached the Athena boys soccer team to a NYSPHSAA title, most recently coached JV boys basketball at Hilton.

   Spencerport also appointed Jody Wyant as the boys soccer coaches. Wyant had been a girls soccer assistant since 2001.

   Conn. development: The fight is officially on in Connecticut, and admini- strators at all level of sports across the country will be watching now that the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has said it will investigate a complaint that the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy on transgender athletes dis- criminates against girls.

   At the heart of the complaint is the CIAC's policy of basing the right to participate in interscholastic athletics on students' gender identification in school records and daily life. In the complaint triggering the investigation, Selina Soule argues that two biological males who identify as female ran in the same 55-meter event as she did, denying her the sixth-place finish needed to be seen by college coaches at the New England regionals.

   The complaint also alleges that the CIAC retaliated against Soule's parent by threatening to cut off communication after she complained about the transgender participation policy, which is far less restrictive than the policies or organizations including the NCAA. Officials of numerous state high school organizations have been watching developments in Connecticut as the two biological males have dominated the sprints in state indoor and outdoor meets for two years.

   In all, three sets of parents filed complaints on behalf of their daughters with assistance from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal aid organization.

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