Updated, 4:20 p.m.:
The Buffalo News is now reporting the CHSAA championship game has yet another new date -- Sunday, Dec. 7. The change from today's first announcement is due to the preceding day being an SAT exam day.
Leading off today: We've literally waited decades for a game like this to be played. So what's another week, right?
For the second time this week, the Monsignor Martin Association football final has been rescheduled. This time, it necessitates postponing the inaugural Catholic Hugh School Athletic Association championship game.
With Western New York still reeling from the week's first storm and now contending with the second wave of substantial snowfall, MMA officials announced Thursday that their championship game between Canisius, the state's top-ranked Class AA team, and Bishop Timon-St. Jude will be played Nov. 29 at All-High Stadium.
The contest was originally scheduled for tonight at Ralph Wilson Stadium and then pushed back to Monday. But the scale of ongoing recovery operations around the Buffalo area made even a Monday game impractical.
And with the MMA game moved back again, the CHSAA final pairing between the MMA winner and either Archbishop Stepinac or Iona Prep will move from Thanksgiving weekend to Dec. 6 at a downstate location to be determined.
Separately, the NYSPHSAA made one more tweak to its semifinals schedule after announcing Wednesday that two games had been postponed. The Class AA semifinal in Rochester between Jamestown and Syracuse Henninger was moved up two hours to a 4 p.m. kickoff on Saturday to shorten the wait after the conclusion of the Class C game between Chenango Forks and Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake -- which starts at noon at Sahlen's Stadium.
JJEF update: Embattled John Jay East Fishkill guidance counselor and softball coach Bonnie Schilling was fired Monday by the Wappingers Central School District, according to the Hudson Valley Sports Report.
Schilling's attorney confirmed that a vaguely written item about a termination in school board minutes from Monday's meeting was in regard to his client, the website reported.
Schilling, who has directed the softball team to a pair of NYSPHSAA championships, was suspended from administrative and coaching duties in March. Media accounts said Schilling was accused by the school district of changing a grade on a transcript for her son.
Schilling still faces criminal charges in Town of East Fishkill court, the website reported. She was charged with tampering with public records, a Class D felony, earlier this year.
Unexpected twist: Frank Alfonso was replaced as Highland's boys soccer coach over the summer. Now, he finds himself employed as his alma mater's athletic director.
"If you would have said in July or August that this would be a possibility in November, I don't think many people would have thought of that," Alfonso told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "I'm going to try my best at it and see where it leads."
Alfonso, 49, is also the recreation director for the Town of Lloyd and has coached extensively at the youth and high school levels over the years. He's filling the AD role previously held by Pete Watkins, who retired earlier this month, through June.
Alfonso was a sixth-grade student of Watkins in the late 1970s.
Retiring: Mike Woods' career as the SUNY Geneseo cross country coach draws to a close Saturday at the NCAA Division III championships in Mason, Ohio. His resume includes 51 SUNYAC team championships and 124 All-America athlete honors, but this may sum up his contribution to the sport better than anything.
"My assistants and I went to the state high school championships in Canton (this month)," Woods, 67, told the Democrat and Chronicle, "And 20 of the coaches were my former runners. I mean, 20, wow."
Woods cut his teeth in the sport by starting the York Central School cross country program shortly after starting there as an English teacher in 1969. His first team consisted of six boys but he went on to register records of 219-24 in 21 seasons of cross country and 208-36 in track and field.
An aside: Woods and I were inducted into the Section 5 track and field hall of fame together in 2006. I can assure you his coaching career outweighs my one season of throwing the shot put in high school by more than just a little.
In depth, but maybe not enough? The story has been somewhat lost in the shuffle because of the amazing Western New York weather developments, but the Buffalo News devoted more than 3,500 words Sunday to the circumstances surrounding the September 2013 death of high school football player Damon Janes.
A substantial portion of the story details elements of the tragedy that form much of the basis for the civil suit being brought forth by Janes parents -- most notably, delays in