Leading off today:
The Lancaster School Board fired the district's chief medical officer
Saturday after he refused to allow a 12-year-old girl to compete on the junior varsity wrestling team, Western New York media outlets reported.
The board's vote came after Dr. Michael Terranova of Lancaster-Depew Pediatrics rejected a request by seventh-grader Trista Blasz to participate on the team, school board President Patrick Uhteg said.
Danielle Blasz, Trista's mother, told reporters a handwritten notation next to Terranova's signature on the medical form said, "Girls don't play boys' sports in Lancaster schools." Terranova was part of a three-person panel reviewing the girls application to compete.
"The district's chief medical officer rejected her request based upon his own inappropriate findings regarding the ability of female athletes to compete on teams with male athletes," Uhteg said in a district statement.
Spectrum News reported that a new review panel will be convened to take a new look at the application. The school board has hired Forestream Pediatrics to replace Lancaster-Depew Pediatrics.
"I've asked them for that paper for a month now, and they refused to give it to me," Blasz said. "All they did was email me the notification. I wanted it after her physical with Dr. Terranova. I've been on the phone with (the district) since last month."
The paper reported that Terranova also denied Danielle Blasz's sister from participating on the wrestling team in 2011. Cristta Hartinger subsequently was allowed to compete in the Lancaster program.
Spectrum News was told by Terranova's office that the doctor was unavailable for comment.
"It turned out good for Trista," Danielle Blasz said. "But do I think they would have done this if it didn't air on TV and go out on Facebook? No, absolutely not. They're stepping in now because they have a bad rep."
Volleyball finals: Four of Sunday's five NYSPHSAA girls volleyball finals in Glens Falls ended in three-game sweeps, with Class D Candor having the distinction of winning all nine of its weekend games.
Candor downed Panama 25-11, 25-20, 25-13 for its first championship in the sport since going back-to-back in 2002-03.
"Starting with last year when we went undefeated and then lost in Sectionals, I said to myself next year's going to be the year," Candor senior Jennah Kareem said. "I went home and I wrote it down to myself in a notebook, and I came back and I just went hard at it."
• Connetquot won Class AA with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 win vs. Baldwinsville. Connetquot's previous championships came in 2015 and '17.
Connetquot broke to a 9-1 lead in the opening game and never trailed after breaking an 11-11 tie in the second.
"Getting those early leads, it helped us feel relaxed and composed," said senior libero Julia Patsos. "We were able to play loose and give it our all on the court."
• In Class A, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake made it seven first-place finishes since 2002 by sweeping Irondequoit 25-17, 26-24, 25-22.