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Friday, March 18, 2011: CHSAA may move toward realignment in basketball
   Leading off today: The price of success or a rush to judgment?

   Mount St. Michael's basketball team, 25-1 and a CHSAA Class A finalist, is one of the candidates to be moved up to a tougher competition in a realignment being considered by the league. The Mountaineers could find themselves in Class AA against the likes of Rice and Christ the King next season, The New York Daily News reported.

   "We're not going anywhere," coach Fraher told the paper, but the league is believed to be ready to study realignment ideas to boost balance and competition. The four teams in the Class A North division (Mount St. Michael, Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep) qualified four teams for the Class A tournament. The South and Central had none.

   "If you're in the 'AA,' you're almost forced to recruit," Fraher told the paper. "Not to say all 'AA' schools recruit, but we coach who walks in the door (on the first day of school). We're not out in the AAU (circuit).

   "We had one magical year this season and everyone wants to talk about us moving up," Fraher adds. "But we're not going to have Pete Aguilar or Clarence White, so we're going to be different next year. We'll be good, but different."

   Protest filed: Medgar Evers unsuccessfully protested the ejection of Devante Heath late in the first half of Wednesday’s 49-46 PSAL Class B loss to top-seeded Frederick Douglass Academy, The New York Post reported.

   The Cougars feel their star player averaging 19 points a game was wrongly ejected after a skirmish with FDA freshman Desi Rodriguez under. Initially, only Rodriguez was tossed, both benches were assessed technical fouls since players left the sidelines and Heath was given a technical. Medgar Evers coach Devon Irving said the officials ejected Rodriguez for throwing a punch and were about to restart the game when referee assignor Leroy Hendricks told them to eject Heath as well, the coach contends.

   Department of Education spokesperson Margie Feinberg told the paper the result would stand. "It will not affect the game at all. Pathways will play FDA III," Feinberg said. "The game between FDA III and Medgar Evers will not be restarted."

   Turmoil at J-E: Jordan-Elbridge could solve its impending budget woes by selling tickets to its board of education meetings. Do a Google search for "Jordan-

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       The latest controversy there had the school board refusing to rehire its varsity and JV boys lacrosse coaches this week, forcing the teams to open practice without bona fide coaches Thursday. The board voted against rehiring Mike Smart for the JVs and Rick Young for the varsity. Interim AD Phyllis Danks offered the jobs to the teams' longtime assistants — Patrick Smart (Mike's twin brother) for the varsity and Jim Gunnip for the junior varsity — the next day; both said no.

       The Post-Standard has the backstory on this, but it apparently boils down to the father of volunteer assistant coach Andrew Stevenson criticizing the incumbent head coaches at a board meeting in December.

       The irony is in the apparent knee-jerk reaction. If the board members whacked everyone that had either criticized or been criticized in J-E in the last year, the district payroll would be down to a buck-ninety-eight. Hmmm, another way to deal with those pesky budget issues . . .

       Legislation introduced: New York schools would keep students from returning to sports activities for at least 24 hours after concussions even if they have approval from a physician, according to a bill introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Kemp Hannon of Long Island.

       Last year, New Jersey passed a law requiring a physician's approval for a student to return to sports. Similar measures were passed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington in 2009 and '10.

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