Leading off today:
In a blog earlier this month
, I declared several other private schools had been taken off the hook for assorted misfires and transgressions thanks to Sacred Heart in Buffalo, whose administrators made the mind-boggling decision to tell Sister Maria Pares her services as basketball coach were no longer needed.
Well, congratulations to Sacred Heart. You folks are off the hot seat now.
Welcome to the frying pan, Albertus Magnus. That school apparently traveled very light to the NYSPHSAA girls basketball semifinals in Troy on Friday -- no adults, just juveniles.
It's one thing to direct venom at Jim Boeheim, undeniably a public figure from the day he began as head basketball coach at Syracuse University and quite often (and recently) an easy target for some haterade.
But taking it out on his daughter? A freshman? Really, Albertus Magnus?
Jamesville-DeWitt ended Albertus Magnus' perfect season 56-33, and the Falcons' student section took it out on three freshmen players with pathetic behavior -- including Boeheim's daughter Jamie.
"Where's the cheater?" they chanted when Boeheim checked into the game in the fourth quarter.
The freshman told Syracuse.com she didn't hear the chant and that she understands the family name and business is going to make her a target.
That, though, doesn't absolve the Albertus Magnus folks of blame. Where were the adults from the school to put a muzzle on crap like that? Or is the first statement on the school's website just there for show?
"[T]he premier college preparatory school in Rockland County, New York, is a Catholic, co-educational community of faith in which our future leaders strive for academic excellence, seek Truth, and show respect for the dignity of each person."
If my kid showed that sort of "respect for the dignity of each person," he or she would be walking home from Troy to Rochester.
Tidying up: A couple of updates to recent blogs fodder:
Friday's blog about the Kickoff Classic draws a five-yard flag for an illegal shift ... I left out one of the best games of the season. Canisius will play Monroe-Woodbury at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.
Also, the list of boys basketball winning streaks we started compiling last week as a nod to Scotia-Glenville reaching 50 in a row (now 51) is taking shape.
There's now a permanent page for the win streaks in our RoadToGlensFalls.com reference section.
Calling all hoops helpers: The NYSSWA's Steve Grandin is assembling the 2015 edition of the boys all-state basketball team and has put out a final call to media members and league chairmen to participate.
Please forward your all-area team, as well as any all-section, all-class or all-league teams to Steve, who is also seeking specific information (height, grade in school, statistics, honors) for leading players in each of the five state classes.
Reporters are asked to nominate players by class, also ranking players within the class. As has been the case recently, we will not be choosing players by position since roles are often so fluid on the basketball court.