Leading off today:
As a public service to take your mind off the deluge of stories about the confederate flag controversy that's swept the country of late, I thought I'd bring you an update today on another once-roaring issue that's finally been put to rest.
Like taxes, summer TV reruns and obnoxious relatives overstaying their welcome on holiday weekends, the Lancaster mascot debate is not going away anytime soon. The Friends of Lancaster Redskins organization had a float in the local July 4 parade and sold "Change It Back" T-shirts. And the routine swearing in of two new school board members, supporters of the recently-dropped "Redskins" nickname and mascot, turned into shouting among the audience on Monday according to The Buffalo News.
Quoting from the story: "It was obvious that the retired nickname will not go away. If anything, it continues to haunt the five board members still on the board who voted to scrap it in favor of the student-chosen Lancaster 'Legends' mascot."
Though newcomers Brenda Christopher and Kelly Hughes Depczynski hold just two votes on the seven-member board and prospects of forming a coalition with any of their colleagues are nil, many in the audience at the annual reorganization meeting sported "Change It Back" T-shirts.
Wendy Buchert, who lost her re-election bid in May and had voted to retire the old mascot, challenged Christopher to explain what she has meant by referring to Legends as being a "temporary" mascot.
Christopher responded by insisting Redskins is a nickname and not a mascot, the paper reported. "It's up to this community," Christopher said. "If this community wants this name back, we will look into it."
Shouting from the audience soon ensued, and one man accused Buchert of being "a poor loser."
Afterward, Depczynski was asked if there was a real chance of bringing back the old nickname. "Absolutely," she said.
Sad news: A pair of well-known figures in New York high school sports circles passed away recently.
Glen McGinnis, who coached a variety of sports from football to basketball to swimming over 58 years, died Sunday at the age of 81. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year.
"I just can't think of basketball without him," Monroe-Woodbury AD and coach Ron Montalto told The Times Herald-Record.
After helping SUNY Brockport to a share of the 1955 national soccer championship with Penn State, McGinnis began his coaching career in 1957 at Guilderland, moving to Cornwall four years later. His Cornwall boys basketball teams posted back-to-back 21-0 seasons in 1971-'72 and '72-73.
McGinnis retired from teaching in 1996 but continued coaching.
"He was just an amazing guy," former Monticello and Burke Catholic basketball coach Dick O'Neill said. "I'm glad he was part of my life."
Meanwhile, the Long Island swimming community is morning the loss of Woodward "Woody" Davis, the legendary Long Beach mentor who died Friday at the age of 82 shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
"He had a way of making everyone feel special," current Long Beach coach John Skudin told Newsday. "He was a coach that demanded respect, but never had to yell."
Davis was an Air Force veteran who went on to dive for Washington State. He was hired at Long Beach to coach swimming, gymnastics and soccer after earning his