Leading off today:
There was a lot of news to report last week with the announcements of the girls basketball all-state team, the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame inductees, all sorts of lacrosse matchups and the great news that Syracuse Corcoran coach Jim Marsh is set to make a comeback.
Still, there was lots of other writing and reporting that I didn't want to see get lost in the shuffle.
Foremost among them was the story about community support coming together for Liam Frawley, 47, the Tappan Zee athletic director since 2005. An aneurysm burst in Frawley's brain Jan. 25 and he spent almost two months at Westchester Medical Center before being transferred to another facility in Haverstraw for rehabilitation.
Frawley is VP and chairman of professional development for the New York State Athletic Administrators Association. In that role he helped revamp the state system for accrediting coaches to make it easier to attract people to the vocation.
Doctors are still working to control the pressure in his head, and Frawley has stomach issues. Nancy Haggerty reported in The Journal News that he is having stomach issues and relearning how to swallow and speak.
Now, the community is beginning to rally around the family behind the "Frawley Strong" rallying cry. There are plans to sell Frawley Strong bracelets, T-shirts and more, and a four-hour fundraiser is slated for June 12 in Blauvelt.
Donations for an auction are pouring in to help defray substantial long-term bills for the family.
Pulling her life together: Before there was Nicole Kaczmarski, Tina Charles or Breanna Stewart, there was Chamique Holdsclaw. The Christ the King star was twice selected Gatorade's state player of the year in the mid-1990s before a stellar career as a Tennessee Vol and superb start to her pro career.
And then it fell apart as Holdsclaw began losing her battle with depression. She went public with news of her condition in 2004, was rushed to the hospital for a suicide attempt in 2006 and retired during the 2007 season.
More well-documented troubles followed and in November 2012 she once again contemplated suicide.
USA Today recently caught up with Holdsclaw to update her story, and the news is encouraging. She agreed to participate in a documentary to help share her story and has been reaching out to people who've been positive influences in the past. She's also speaking publicly to groups to encourage those needing help to get it.
"I'm just really happy," she said. "Someone asked, 'Would you come back and play?' and I'm like, 'No.' This is me, this is who I wish I would have been before."
Transfer rule redux: The Journal News looked ahead to September 2017, when the NYSPHSAA's transfer rules extend to varsity-level junior high athletes. Seventh- and eighth-graders who participate in a high school-level sport and then enroll in a new school as a freshman will be subject to the same rule that already can cost older athletes a year of eligibility.
Athletic directors told the paper the rule could affect more girls than boys by a ratio of 2-to-1 or greater because it's typically young female athletes who develop quickly enough to compete in varsity sports before ninth grade.
"There are so many girls who are fully grown in eighth grade," said Pat Buckley, the Albertus Magnus girls basketball coach. "They don't change much over the next four years physically."
The story also begins to delve into the implications for private schools and the parents considering enrolling their children there after previously attending public schools.