Leading off today:
In the course of compiling my gratitude list for the day, I decided I'm thankful that I don't have to be the person who has to explain how my school with a Class A enrollment cannot field a girls varsity basketball team.
That's what the folks at Gloversville have been up against this week after confirming that there will be no team for the third time in nine years.
"Our numbers don't dictate us having a varsity program," said Mike DeMagistris, the school's athletic director. "We had a setback."
"Setback" is putting it mildly. The Daily Gazette reports that Gloversville won 17 games two years ago and 16 last season under coach Molly D'Arcy, who stepped down in the offseason for family reasons and was replaced by former Fonda-Fultonville star Emily Parslow.
Gloversville previously did not field a team in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
"We talked to the kids and we talked to our coaches," DeMagistris said. "It was a collective decision. We wanted to make the best decision. We believe this is the best thing to do for the kids."
Gloversville graduated four seniors from last season's 10-player roster, including Harmony Philo, the program's all-time scoring leader.
"We lost some talented kids, and some kids decided not to play," DeMagistris said. "We lost another girl with an injury."
Parslow will help coach the junior varsity, and the school will field two modified teams.
DiRienzo accepts process: Suspended New Rochelle football coach Lou DiRienzo said in a statement Wednesday that he accepts his reassignment during an investigation and does not want public criticism of the school district to distract from the team's NYSPHSAA championship game Sunday.
The Journal News reported that DiRienzo said he recognizes that he can't lead the team while he and the district work toward a resolution of his Nov. 13 reassignment from coaching and teaching.
"I do not want this ongoing matter to serve as a distraction to our outstanding football team and coaches, all of whom I am extremely proud of," DiRienzo said.
The team has won two New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament games in DiRienzo's absence. New Rochelle plays McQuaid for the for Class AA state title on Sunday at Syracuse University.
• The Journal News reported earlier this week that Yonkers police last week began looking into allegations made by a former local high school student who accused DiRienzo of incidents involving "unlawful contact" in the late 1980s.
"Due to the nature of the allegations and the amount of time elapsed, any potential criminal charges would not be eligible for prosecution," said Yonkers Detective Lt. Dean Politopoulos, who would not comment further or answer questions about the investigation.
Politopoulos said more information may be released after detectives investigate further.
New Rochelle district officials did not respond to a question on Tuesday about whether their suspension of DiRienzo is in any way related to what the Yonkers police are reviewing. Board of Education President Amy Moselhi said Wednesday that she could not comment on DiRienzo's situation.
Case resolved: A Section 1 girls basketball coach pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct in a case stemming from his employment with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Tyrone Searight, 49, of Peekskill, pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct before Hon. Rhonda Schoenberger in Ramapo Justice Court, said state Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro. He was coaching at Haldane while collecting almost $17,000 in workers' compensation benefits, according to Tagliafierro's office.
Searight, placed on leave of absence by Haldane three weeks ago, was sentenced to one-year conditional