Leading off today:
Section 5's Monroe County League has been rocked for the second time this year by the sudden death of an active coach.
Steve DeRooy, 50, the longtime boys basketball coach at Greece Olympia, died of a heart attack Tuesday night after pulling out of a college parking lot following a workout.
Olympia AD Kim Henshaw said DeRooy had no health issues that she was aware of and he'd been focused more on his fitness. "He was in the best shape he's been in in a long time," Henshaw told the Democrat and Chronicle.
DeRooy worked for seven seasons under Jim Johnson before taking the varsity job when Johnson left for
Greece Athena in 1996. He was well regarded in the Section 5 basketball fraternity, and one administrator recalled how DeRooy worked a summer camp for free as a sub while the camp director was undergoing radiation treatments.
"He was absolutely the greatest guy, a caring do-anything-for-you guy," Johnson told the paper. "He devoted his life to teaching and coaching and kids. He was an excellent basketball coach but also a good person and friend."
In January, Pittsford Mendon cross country coach Jason DeJoy died at the age of 40 just two months after guiding his boys team to a NYSPHSAA championship.
Another passing: A funeral with full military honors is scheduled for today for retired coach John Spencer, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Spencer, a World War II Navy veteran, died Saturday in Auburn at the age of 89.
Spencer, a graduate of Ithaca High School and Ithaca College, coached at Owego, Dansville and then in the Rochester City School District. He went on to serve as the athletic director at Monroe and Franklin high schools in Rochester.
A blow for Q'bury: It's doubtful Brett Rodriguez will be able to play football this fall for Queensbury, where he was a third-team all-state running back as a sophomore last fall. Rodriguez had his recent high school baseball season (he's a pitcher and infielder) cut short, and he's looking at a lengthy recovery.
The Post-Star reported doctors Rodriguez was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome after doctors detected blood clots. If he resumes his baseball career next spring, his pitching days are quite possibly over.
Neon Deion's school in trouble: The Texas Education Agency is moving to revoke the charter of Prime Prep Academy, a private school co-founded in 2012 by former football star Deion Sanders. The TEA alleges financial problems and mismanagement, according to school officials.
Among the issues is the school repeatedly running afoul of the National School Lunch Program, which helped fund free or reduced-price meals for two-thirds of the school's students. The school was kicked out of the federal program, leading Prime Prep officials to say they could not continue to operate.
Sanders went on Twitter to blame his former business partner and school co-founder for the problem, but the latest run-ins with Texas authorities reportedly stem from issues arising even after that individual left.
Sanders and Superintendent Ron Price have said the Dallas-area school will appeal the charter revocation.
In an unrelated story, Prime Prep was in the news this week as basketball sensation Emmanuel Mudiay spurned Southern Methodist University to turn pro. He intends to play overseas in the upcoming season and then almost certainly become a high selection in the NBA draft.