Leading off today:
TheBatavian.com reported this week that as many as eight Section 5 girls volleyball
teams could have boys on their roster at the start of the season this fall, which will further rile the numerous coaches and parents who were upset last year when five boys took the floor at various Rochester-area schools.
"It's a concern that it's taking off a little bit," Section 5 Executive Director Ed Stores told the website. "Unless the State Education Department gives us a little more guidance, there could be more."
State rules allow for mixed competition as there is "no significant adverse effect," which Stores said Section 5 interprets to mean that no girls are cut from a roster to make room for a boy.
Support for Monaco: About 75 supporters of Williamsville South basketball coach Al Monaco showed up at Tuesday's school board meeting in silent protest of his firing last week, The Buffalo News reported.
The meeting was a special session to replace a board member who had resigned, so there was no public comment period during which residents could speak. Instead, they made their feelings known befoe and after the meeting.
Superintendent Scott Martzloff told some of those who had assembled that the decision to remove the highly regarded veteran coach came after a thorough investigation. "Nobody knows what I know," Martzloff said. "I'm the only one who knows all the facts of the investigation."
Among those showing support for Monaco was 2011 graduate Joe Licata, a record-setting two-sporter now on the football roster at the University at Buffalo.
"As a player and person, it is always great to have someone that believes in you," Licata told the paper. "My dad, my mom and my three sisters have always believed in me for 19 years. I met coach Monaco in fifth grade; he has believed in me since fifth grade. He's supported me since then. I'll always love coach Monaco. He's done a lot of great things for me."
Players on the move: Good things really do come in threes, at least if you're the girls basketball coach at Manhasset St. Mary's -- which is about to welcome a trio of rising-sophomore transfers from The Mary Louis Academy.
Point guard Mei-Lyn Bautista and forward Jordan Agustus were starters at TMLA last winter, and McKayla Hernandez was a reserve guard. They entered Mary Louis as arguably the best freshmen group in New York City according to The New York Post, but now the TMLA roster is in transition. Guard Jasmine Nwajei had transferred to Murry Bergtraum during the past season.
On paper, the latest departures all appear amicable following a 13-17 season in the ridiculously tough CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens league.
Coach Tom Flynn's St. Mary's team was 12-13 last season in the CHSAA Nassau/Suffolk league and lost only one senior. The Gaels will be junior-heavy beyond 6-2 senior Alyssa James.
Coach on the move? Jeff Cuilty, who coached 31 Section 9 champions since 1989, has departed as Newburgh Free Academy's wrestling coach and may continue in the sport at another school.
Cuilty, a member of the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame, had a 257-144 record at Newburgh after previously winning 89 matches in eight seasons at Ardsley.
"My son (Bryan) graduated last year and we have only two paid coaches, so I'm stepping down and letting the two young guys coach the team," Cuilty, 54, told The Times Herald-Record. "It's tough. It's not something that I really wanted to do. We have a great group of kids and a great group of parents."
New Ro coach is done: Bill Murphy announced last week he's leaving as boys basketball coach at New Rochelle, where he was 160-55 in nine seasons, to spend more time with his family.
“My whole life has been coaching and they haven’t really seen me that much,” Murphy told The Journal News, referring to his children, who are 7 and 9.
Murphy said he would continue to coach somewhere else at a lower level, which would be less time-consuming.
Syracuse announcement: You likely heard the announcement out of Syracuse on Tuesday that The Post-Standard, Central New York's most significant daily paper for 75 or more miles in any direction and a part of the community since 1829, will undergo huge changes at the end of the year.
The Post-Standard will limit home delivery to Tuesday,