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Tuesday, May 17, 2016: A busy day on the coaching front

   Leading off today: Coaches coming. Coaches going (and not by their own volition). Coaches on hold.

   I see a theme developing to lead off today's edition of the New York State Sportswriters Association blog.

   Section 2 dust-up: Troy softball coach George Rafferty will not be with the team Friday for a Section 2 Class A quarterfinal game against Catholic Central, The Times Union reported.

   The fifth-year coach, who directed the Flying Horses to sectional championships in 2013 and '14, was removed as coach following his actions during the conclusion of Friday's Suburban Council game against Averill Park, the paper reported. Rafferty was upset by a call that went against Troy in the seventh inning of an 8-6 loss and reportedly twice bumped an umpire. Sources told the paper say Rafferty also used profanities while berating the umpire.

   "I believe it was a rush to judgement," Rafferty said in a text message to the paper. "I was never given an opportunity or a hearing to tell my side of the story. I also do not believe that an AD from a rival school should be allowed to write a letter which helped to decide my fate."

   Calls to Troy AD Paul Reinisch were not returned.

   Change on Staten Island: Rich Buckheit, a stellar 183-58 in eight seasons, is no longer the boys basketball coach at Curtis High in the PSAL, The Advance reported.

   Curtis AD Eric Ritzer and the New York City Department of Education said Buckheit will be replaced by Dwayne Archbold, who served as Buckheit's JV coach but announced after last season he was stepping down.

   All coaching positions are considered year-to-year, and Buckheit was tripped up by the fact that he is not a teacher at the school. Under the contract negotiated with the teachers union, Archbold (a physical education instructor at Curtis) had to be given preference over his fellow alum.

   "Dwayne retired from the JV because he was ready to make a move to a varsity coaching position and that's what he chose to do," said Ritzer, who was effusive in his praise of Buckheit.

   Archbold said he understands why Buckheit would be upset at the developments but he was also unapologetic.

   "Of course I understand, 100 percent. With the success he's had, who'd want to leave the position," he told the paper. "But the job was posted and the opportunity that wasn't presented before was there. I was interested and since I am a certified teacher, I decided to go for it."

   Change in Section 3: Skaneateles girls basketball coach Jill Blasi, 69-33 in five seasons, is being replaced, reported.

   "I was let go for literally no reason," Blasi said. "My girls were really upset. The parents were really upset."

   Superintendent Ken Slentz said coaches are evaluated on an annual basis and the best candidates are recommended. He declined to comment directly on Blasi's situation.

   "I'm mad. I'm crushed. It's disheartening," said Blasi, who previously coached six years at Bishop Ludden, and spent one season on Sue Ludwig's staff at Westhill.

   Blasi's replacement is likely to be one of Section 3's all-time best players, as former Syracuse Corcoran star Camille Murphy has been recommended to the school board for improvement.

   Murphy, 35, who took Corcoran to a 1998 NYSPHSAA championship as a point guard and played at the

University of Georgia, has coached at several small colleges, including a stint as head coach at Green Mountain College in Vermont. She served as a player development coach at Syracuse Academy of Science last season and coaches AAU basketball locally.

   New scoring queen: Logan Brennan of Kingston scored nine goals Monday in a 24-0 win over Pine Bush on Monday to become Section 9's career goals leader in girls lacrosse.

   Her final goal of the day was the 360th of her five-season varsity career and broke the mark of 359 by 2013 Minisink Valley graduate Jenn Peters.

   Brennan has 79 goals as a senior heading into Tuesday's regular-season finale vs. Pine Bush.

   According to NYSPHSAA records, Shannon Smith holds the state record of 505 goals for West Babylon from 2003-08.

   Softball: Rhea Pitkin threw her fourth no-hitter of the season to lead General Brown to a 15-0 victory over Sackets Harbor in a non-league game Monday. Fellow seniors Kayla Gaffney and Erin McClary combined for nine runs batted in.

   Epic Texas showdown: A regional playoff baseball game Thursday night in Dallas was no routine one-run contest. Highland Park edged Rowlett 4-3 in 17 innings, and the Dallas Morning News reported the contest ended at 1 a.m. Friday.

   "How do you tell a teenager to calm down from a game like that, get some sleep and go to school in about six hours?" Highland Park coach Travis Yoder said.

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