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Wednesday, March 25, 2015: Shaker lineman commits to Boston College

   Leading off today: Shaker defensive lineman and tight end Brandon Barlow is the second member of New York's junior class to commit to a major-college football program.

   Barlow visited Boston College over the weekend and informed the coaching staff he intends to enroll there in September 2016, The Times Union reported.

   "I am honored and thrilled," said Barlow, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. "Now that the decision has been made, I can look forward to helping my team get as far as we can and then help BC."

   Barlow is expected to play on defensive in college.

   Aquinas quarterback Jake Zembiec made the first commitment by the Class of 2016 by selecting Penn State late last year.

   Proposition shot down: Voters in the Greece Central School district approved $35 million in repairs and renovations to school buildings and a land purchase, but said no Tuesday to a lighted stadium on the campus of one of its four high schools. Greece, a suburb of Rochester, is the ninth-largest district in the state.

   By a 3,079 to 2,305 margin, voters rejected the proposed $8.5 million lighted stadium complex, which would have seated 2,600 people and been the district's only lighted field, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   For what it's worth, I knew there was opposition to the stadium, but I didn't think it was so strong. One of the ongoing discussions I've had with friends this week was about the decision to put the proposition up for a separate vote two months ahead of the annual budget vote and school board elections.

   Last May, turnout was only slightly more than half Tuesday's total. At that time, a $210 million budget and a $2.97 million proposition to replace 33 buses passed overwhelmingly.

   Weighing his options: After being selected Atlantic 10 rookie of the year, former Dobbs Ferry basketball star Eric Paschall could be on the move from Fordham.

   The Journal News reported Monday the university granted the 6-foot-6 forward permission to contact other schools in the aftermath of the firing of coach Tom Pecora.

   Paschall, the 2013 NYSSWA Class B player of they year, has not ruled out remaining at Fordham after the school selects a replacement for Pecora.

   Cazenovia announces replacement: Jay Steinhorst has been named football coach at Cazenovia following the retirement of Tom Neidl, reported.

   Steinhorst, a 1982 graduate of Cazenovia, has served as an assistant for 25 years under Neidl, who left with a 178-54-1 record. Steinhorst also coaches the baseball and indoor track teams.

   "I couldn't feel any better about leaving Cazenovia football in the hands of Jay Steinhorst," Neidl said in the school's


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  • announcement. "He is the closest of friends and been my right hand assistant for 25 years. He has a great football mind in all aspects of the game."

       Plotting a future, part I: Salem district officials will hold a forum Tuesday about the future of the athletic program in the face of shrinking enrollment.

       The district held a similar workshop last year ahead of the decision to allow Salem football players to join forces with Cambridge.

       Plotting a future, part II: The Warrensburg school board meets April 13 to consider bringing aboard athletes from Bolton for its football, field hockey, volleyball, and cross country next fall.

       The Bolton board gave unanimous approval on March 9. Warrensburg will hold a public forum on the proposed merger Tuesday.

       If the Warrensburg board gives its approval, the proposal moves to the Adirondack League and Section 2 for likely approval.

       In recent years, Bolton has only offered boys and girls soccer as fall sports. Bolton and Warrensburg combined their soccer programs last fall. The girls varsity won a Section 2 championship and reached the NYSPHSAA final four. This year's soccer teams will move up to Class D following a small enrollment increase for Warrensburg, reported.

       There may be as many as a dozen prospective football players from Bolton who could play that sport in the fall.

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