Leading off today:
Veteran John Jay East Fishkill softball coach Bonnie Schilling will appear in court Sept. 3 to face charges of tampering with public records, a Class D felony, the Poughkeepsie Journal
The charge stems from her role as a guidance counselor at John Jay, where Schilling allegedly altered the grades of a student, the paper reported. Schilling's attorney, Michael Sussman, said last month the allegations were that she tampered with her son's transcripts, and said Schilling denied the allegation.
Schilling, 45, was arraigned in East Fishkill Court on Thursday and released on her own recognizance.
The school district placed Schilling on administrative leave March 27. Wappingers Board of Education President Douglass Bitteker said Schilling remains on administrative leave and that the district would not have a comment on the pending charges.
Schilling was replaced in the softball program this spring by JV coach Mike Crocco. She has won 318 games, two NYSPHSAA titles and 11 Section 1 championships in 18 seasons. She was twice named the state's coach of the year by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports.
T'burg drops football: Trumansburg will sit out the upcoming Section 4 varsity football season because of a shortage of players, the Star-Gazette reported.
Superintendent Michael McGuire said the team had only 13 eligible players when the decision was made Wednesday. New York requires teams to have at least 16 players for games.
John Dunlap resigned as coach in early July. Steve Murray was named head coach before the season and 22 students showed up for a team meeting.
"By the time we got down to the first practice the numbers were down significantly and the numbers dropped off after a few days," McGuire said.
Trumansburg had a 1-8 record last season.
Section 6's Pine Valley called off its season earlier this week because of a lack of players.
Slow down, gang: Newsday reported this week that the CHSFL is in discussions with Yankee Stadium officials about hosting the inaugural state Catholic schools football championship on Nov. 29. Yankee Stadium already hosts the PSAL title game.
The Catholic schools championship will pit the winner of the downstate CHSFL title against the Monsignor Martin Association champ from the Buffalo area.
"We're hoping for Yankee Stadium to make the first one special," St. Anthony's coach Rich Reichert told the paper.
That would certainly make sense, but some other ideas that have been swirling around since Buffalo-area media reported on the possibility of the new CHSFL vs. MMA championship earlier this summer are pipe dreams, and Reichert may have re-ignited the waste of bandwidth on online forums when he said this could be the first step to a "true" state championship game that also features Catholic schools from Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
I can say with certainty that such a tournament will not happen without a scholastic seismic shift unlike anything New York has seen in many decades.
In short, the flaw in the idea is that the Catholic schools in the other Thruway cities already have a state tournament -- the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament. Though being members of New York's largest high school sports sanctioning body would not automatically preclude Syracuse CBA or Aquinas from participating in a Catholic league tournament, those schools would have to do so while abiding by NYSPHSAA standards -- including rules on the length of the season.
The subject came up as recently as a year ago when White Plains reached the NYSPHSAA Class AA football semifinals on Nov. 23. Because of the rules of its association on the length of the season, White Plains was not able to turn around the following weekend and continue its decades-long tradition of playing nearby Archbishop Stepinac on Thanksgiving weekend.
To hear the online "experts" tell it, the solution is simple: Aquinas and the other private schools can leave the NYSPHSAA and join CHSFL and MMA members in a true