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Friday, Oct. 4, 2013: A tough week on field for soccer goalkeepers

   Leading off today: OK, time to empty out the notebook while wondering how September managed to sneak past us so quickly.

   Classy move: Wellsville's boys soccer game last Saturday was ended with nearly 30 minutes left on the clock and went into the books as a scoreless tie because starting goalkeeper Hunter Kane suffered a facial injury in a collision.

   Kane was airlifted to a Rochester hospital for treatment and was scheduled to undergo surgery on a broken jaw Thursday.

   On Wednesday, the Lions took the field against Cuba-Rushford and remembered their teammate by starting the game one man down. Kane was announced as the starting goalie, but the team left the net open at the opening kick. The ball was then played out of bounds and coach Dennie Miles inserted Caleb VanSkiver into the contest at keeper to make it 11 vs. 11.

   “I thought it would be nice for Hunter,” Miles said. “For us, it was just nice to get this game in, and I think the kids looked forward to that after Saturday’s game.”

   Wellsville won 8-1.

   More soccer: It was a rough week for goalies.

   Fifth-year Bronxville varsity player Jack Connors, a four-year starter on the team, fractured his left elbow during a collision against Edgemont and is probably done for the year given the fact that the expected recovery time is 2-3 months.

   Connors, who helped the team to a Section 1 championship in 2010, suffered a broken leg against Blind Brook during the 2011 sectional final but returned at full strength for the 2012 season.

   His replacement, sophomore Joe Pepe, posted a 2-0 win in his first start against Eastchester last Friday.

   Staying put ... probably: Monday’s announcement that UConn had fired football coach Paul Pasqualoni had to be jarring to prospective recruits, so it's understandable if Huskies prospects start looking around.

   Rochester East's Justin Noye, the only New York senior who had committed to UConn thus far, will keep his options open.

   “As of right now, I’m still committed but anything can happen,” he told Scout.com. “I try to look at everything in a positive way. Now, other schools will start recruiting me more because the head coach was fired.”

   Selective enforcement: The federal government's partial shutdown this week has sent at least one high school scrambling for new accommodations at the same time that Camp David and several Washington-area golf courses on military property remained open.

   In Brooklyn, the Aviator Sports Complex on Flatbush Avenue will reportedly stay closed until the shutdown ends. That happens to be Bishop Ford's home field, and coach Jim Esposito's squad had to surrender home turf for the scheduled Week 5 game Friday.

   After running out of options, the Falcons agreed to play at Mitchel Field, which is Kellenberg Memorial's home facility.

  
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   More football forfeits: Earlier this week, Hoosic Valley forfeited its Week 5 game against Rensselaer because coach Pete Porcelli said playing the game would put too many freshmen into the varsity lineup.

   It was just the start of a weekend of forfeits.

   Salem became the latest Section 2 Class D football team to drop a game when coach Don Zarzycki announced Friday that the Generals dropped below the state's 16-player minimum and will forfeit to Fort Edward.

   Salem and Fort Edward both had to forfeit their season openers because they had too few eligible players in preseason.

   Zarzycki told The Post-Star that on top of injuries, he had a couple players quit and a couple more leave the team for academic reasons.

   In Section 4, Candor officials cited injuries and illness for having to forfeit its homecoming game to Harpursville. The homecoming ceremony was shifted to halftime of Friday night's girls soccer game against Newfield.

   Merger discussions status: The Press & Sun-Bulletin took a look this week at the Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley districts, which are moving ever closer to the possibility of merging operations.

   Dennis Sweeney, a consultant who spent six months examining the feasibility of consolidating, released his findings last month to both school boards. His conclusion was that there are more potential benefits than drawbacks in a merger.

   Continuing as separate districts isn’t a viable option, Sweeney found, because further program and staff cutbacks will be necessary at each district. A merged district would be eligible for nearly $45 million in additional state aid over a 14-year span.

   The study projected a merger would result in about 350 fewer spots on athletic teams and 35 fewer coaching positions.


  
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