Leading off today:
Two Section 2 girls reached 100 career goals
Saturday in the same soccer tournament in Glens Falls.
Seniors Sammy Blizzard of South Glens Falls and Miranda Haraughty of Glens Falls both scored the 100th goals of their careers.
Blizzard, who scored 44 times as a junior, scored five times as the Bulldogs opened their season with a 7-0 victory over Albany. Haraughty hit 100 with a hat trick in Glens Falls’ 5-2 win vs. Troy.
Scrutinizing specialization: Several papers have reported late this summer on changes in boys soccer created by the U.S. Soccer Federation strategy of creating nearly year-round academy schedules that remove many top players from the high school scene.
Josh Thomson of The Journal News dialed it up a notch Sunday by taking a deeper look at specialization in sports, increasingly a trend in the last 25 years after decades of three-sporters being the meat and potatos of scholastic competition.
Thomson launched his mainbar with Matt Landis, who bypassed his senior football season at Pelham last fall to remain focused on lacrosse, which was his ticket to a partial scholarship at the University of Notre Dame.
“I think the bonds on the football team are special. The time you spend with those guys, I think it’s a whole lot of fun,” Landis said. “At the same time, I had to think about what was best for me and for my future.”
He's hardly the first and certainly not the last athlete dealing with a trend that veteran North Rockland AD and football coach Joe Casarella termed “the ruination of high school sports.”
“The kids get burned out,” Casarella told the paper. “It takes kids and puts them in one sport, and they dry up. And if it doesn’t happen in high school, it ends up happening later on.”
L.I. coach dies: Chris Deeks, who had just taken over as head football coach at Great Neck North in addition to coaching boys lacrosse there for the past two seasons, died Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 60.
The social studies teacher had previously coached lacrosse and football at Floral Park.
"Chris was completely unflappable," Great Neck North AD Eamon Flood told Newsday. "He didn't complain, he just found solutions. He was positive about everything."
More on Monaco: The father of a Williamsville South JV basketball player alleges that ousted coach Al Monaco ridiculed his son about his weight to the point that his boy's health suffered, The Buffalo News reported.
Marvin Sanford filed a complaint to the effect with the school authorities and police. Monaco denied the allegation, and said the complaint was about playing time as well as Sanford's reaction to allegations that his son was bullying other players, a charge the father denied.
Monaco was fired as the boys basketball and golf coach last month for reasons the school district has not disclosed.
Sanford, a Buffalo police officer, said Monaco repeatedly ridiculed his son during the season, making food and weight-related comments at his son's expense, the paper reported.
Monaco says Principal Daniel Ljiljanich and Superintendent Scott Martzloff told him and his union representative that Sanford secretly taped his meeting with the coach Feb. 16, though Sanford denied that when