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Thursday, Jan. 24. 2013: Veteran Sec. 3 coach shot in face during robbery

   Leading off today: Veteran Syracuse CBA baseball coach Thomas Dotterer was in serious condition in a hospital early Thursday after being shot in the eye during a holdup at his liquor store, The Post-Standard reported.

   Dotterer, a 1953 graduate of CBA who played minor-league ball in the Cincinnati Reds organization and began coaching in 1980, underwent surgery to repair eye damage, Syracuse Police Sgt. Tom Connellan told the paper.

   The robbery took place at Syracuse Wine and Spirits, a business owned by Dotterer's family for more than 60 years according to the paper. Two men robbed Dotterer at gunpoint and shot him before fleeing, police said.    Police were trying to reconstruct what happened in the latest incident, noting that Dotterer, 77, has confronted perpetrators during previous robbery attempts.

   "I spoke briefly with Tommy's son," AD Buddy Wleklinski told the paper. "The family is certainly concerned. We're all in the same boat, praying and hoping he'll pull through."

   Milestone: South Jefferson coach Pat Conners earned his 400th career wrestling victory Wednesday with a 66-11 triumph against Beaver River. Conners is in his 21st season as head coach.

   Another win for Ryan: Fayetteville-Manlius senior distance runner Nick Ryan picked up the third seasonal Gatorade honor of his career last week when he was selected the male cross country runner of the year for New York.

   Ryan had previous won Gatorade New York honors in cross country in 2011 and track and field last spring.

   The Syracuse University recruit won the NYSPHSAA Class A individual title in November and placed 15th at Nike Cross Nationals.

   Strange but true: A high school athletic director in Massachusetts was suspended without pay for a week after admitting she doctored an email from a parent, contributing to a major policy change in the school's league, reported.

   Naomi Martin's suspension began Thursday, a spokesperson for Lexington Public Schools confirmed.

   The email in question to Middlesex League ADs sought permission to allow Lexington to break scheduled boys/girls basketball doubleheaders into single contests in order to bring the program into compliance with Title IX because a Lexington parent had informed school officials

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she was “prepared to file her complaint against the entire Middlesex League with the OCR (U.S. Office for Civil Rights).”

   Late last fall, the league hurriedly scrapped its schedule format, in which girls games usually took place immediately before boys contests, and instead slated boys and girls varsity teams to play in opposite locations.

   According to, the parent Martin purported to quote from in her email never threatened to bring a suit against Lexington or the league.

   Lexington Superintendent Paul Ash informed league ADs last week that Martin had misled them.

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