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Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014: Hueber lands at Gates Chili as girls coach

   The past 10 days have amounted to my longest leisurely stretch in a year and will be my longest time away from the NYSSWA website until some time in June.

   But enough about my effort to get tanned and rested (with a brief interruption to cover the aftermath of the Kevin Ward Jr. tragedy at Canandaigua Motorsports Park). It's time to get back into the swing of New York high school sports.

   Forced exile is over: Respected Rochester-area soccer coach Bill Hueber has landed on his feet after the summer drama in which he was unable to win reappointment to the Greece Athena boys program.

   The Gates Chili school board has hired Hueber to coach girls varsity soccer there to continue a career that began with 25 years at various levels in the Greece district.

   More changes: Literally hundreds of new coaches took the helm Monday as practice for most fall teams opened. A couple of noteworthy changes that were reported upon this week:

   Mike Hurteau, a player on the school's state championship teams in 1996 and '98, is the new football coach at Troy. He'd previously coached the junior varsity there.

   He replaces Jack Burger, whose two stints in charge covered 19 seasons with seven Section 2 titles and five trips to the NYSPHSAA finals.

   Pete Alvanos, the former head coach at Hamilton College and most recently the AD at New Hartford, has taken over the football program at Holland Patent. He succeeds Rich Zacek, who held the position for two years and went 8-9 after inheriting a team that was 0-8 in 2011.

   Holland Patent moves up to Class B this fall.

   Lots of shuffling: Coaching wrestling at Colonie apparently is the new path to a career as an athletic director.

   Former coaches Matt Stein and Joe Guardino are the new athletic directors at Mohonasen and Colonie, respectively, The Daily Gazette reported. Stein succeeds Joe Scalise, who moved from Mohonasen to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to replace Bob McGuire, who retired.

   "I had been considering going the administration route the past few years, specifically the AD route, and a few opportunities arose," Stein, a former state wrestling champ who coached at Waterford-Halfmoon, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Colonie, told the paper.

   Stein's experience in project management may have helped sway Mohonasen officials, who are in the process of planning and implementing a $48.2 million capital construction project that includes work on the high school's athletic facilities.

   Guardino was most recently a middle school principal. Previous AD Jason Semo left after three years for similar duties at Newburgh.

   College choices: Canisius tight end/defensive end T.J. Wheatley told The Buffalo News he has no timetable for selecting a college. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior's list is

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down to Alabama, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Miami.

   Archbishop Stepinac dual-threat quarterback Brandon Coleman has committed at to U.S. Naval Academy. The 5-foot-10 senior, who threw for 1,144 yards and ran for 717 in 2013, was also considering Ivy League schools.

   Recent Half Hollow Hills West graduate Terry Harris, presumed to be heading off to prep school before beginning a college basketball career, will instead enroll at Houston Baptist University in the Southland Conference, reported.

   Harris, a seventh-team all-state pick in Class AA as a senior, is the third brother from his family to go to Division I. Tobias Harris is now in the NBA with the Orlando Magic after playing at Tennessee while Tyler Harris plays for Providence College.

   High school choices: In Section 3, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team will add a pair of freshman transfers who already have varsity experience, The Post-Standard reported.

   Azariah Wade, who had attended the Syracuse Academy of Science, and Brianna Squier who went to John C. Birdlebough High in Phoenix are moving to the East Syracuse school.

   The 6-foot-1 Wade averaged 19.8 points last season at SAS. Squier averaged 7.8 points per game for Phoenix.

   Neither player is subject to a rule that would require them to sit out a year because they are entering their freshman year, the paper reported.

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