Leading off today:
A great bit of work masterminded by a Section 7 school district is about to go national.
A humorous public service announcement video (see it on YouTube) that began as an idea from Saranac Lake AD Eric Bennett encouraging better fan behavior is being picked up by the National Federation of State High School Associations and incorporated into its "My Reason Why," and "Becoming and Official" campaigns.
NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas introduced Bennett to Mark Koski, a former colleague in New Mexico who is now executive director of the NFHS Network. Koski loved the video, which is built around bad audience behavior at a band concert.
"I was really excited about what they were doing on a local level and I wanted to look into expanding it to a national level," Koski said. "It is important to get fan behavior under control for officials, for coaches and for the better overall experience for the students on the field and in the stands."
• For more background on the video, you can check out a column I wrote for The Press & Sun-Bulletin earlier this year.
Basketball milestone: Archbishop Stepinac guard R.J. Davis scored his 2,000th career point in a 70-64 boys basketball loss to Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville in a consolation game at the City of Palms Classic in Florida on Monday.
The North Carolina signee finished the game with a team-high 32 points. He broke the 2,000 barrier on a layup with eight seconds remaining.
Sec. 6 may reverse course: Section 6 officials are in the midst of voting on a proposal that would end federation-style scheduling in football and return teams to geographic leagues rather than aligning by state tournament classifications.
Members of the Section 6 Athletic Council have until Jan. 3 to cast their votes. Each of the five leagues has four votes, and the council also has a superintendent representative, principal rep and boys and girls sports rep who cast votes, football coordinator Ken Stoldt told The Buffalo News.
A return to geographic alignments would mean that some leagues would have a mix of teams from different classifications. That would necessitate using a points system to determine qualifiers and seedings for the sectional playoffs.
Stoldt said some support for the change comes from schools wanting to promote more interest by renewing rivalries that exist in other sports throughout the year. Reduced travel mileage would also result.
Sec. 5 school expands program: Bishop Kearney High School is adding a boys squad to its Selects Academy residential ice hockey program beginning next school year.
The teams will not compete in Section 5 of the NYSPHSAA. Instead, three age-group teams stocked by players living in dorms at the school will compete regionally and nationally at the Tier 1 level.