Leading off today:
Oswego High officials have notified Section 3 that the school will not field a varsity football team thus fall due to in insufficient number of upperclassmen.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey announced that the school will field a junior varsity. The decision was affirmed at Tuesday's school board meeting.
The development leaves seven opponents -- New Hartford, Indian River, Syracuse Fowler, Cortland, Fulton, East Syracuse Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt -- scrambling to fill out their schedules. The New York State Sportswriters Association posted the 2016 week-by-week schedule on Monday, including teams with open blocks on their schedule.
AD David Grzyzka said had been in contact with several other athletic directors from the affected schools.
Goewey told OswegoCountyNewsNow.com that only six seniors and 8-10 juniors were among the approximately 40 players attending the first two preseason practices this week.
Football was among the sports cut from the budget in May's district vote. Boosters have since raised $14,500 to fund a football program.
Albertus Magnus moving up: Section 1 has opted to moved Albertus Magnus from Class A to AA in girls basketball for the upcoming season after the Falcons logged an 89-23 record over the past five seasons.
Fellow private schools Ursuline and Our Lady of Lourdes were already in Class AA.
Albertus Magnus has competed in Class A since 2009, when it won the section championship. It's won one Section 1 crown and reached three other finals in the past five seasons.
Albertus Magnus was projected by some as a likely Class A champion in 2017, with the Falcons returning all-state juniors Dani LaRochelle and Mairead Durkin among others.
Ex-Binghamton editor dies: Charlie Jaworski, who worked his way up from beat reporter to executive sports editor at the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, died unexpectedly Monday at the age of 70.
Jaworski retired in 2011, taking with him an old-school approach to journalism standards and a legendary work ethic.
"He was a stickler for details and made sure every question was answered," Dave Bohrer, assistant sports editor on Jaworski's staff from 1986-99, told the paper. "He had a stubbornness about him and some people were resistant to his insights. I think it was all for the better of the newspaper and the readers.
Staying close to home: Anndea Zeigler, ninth-team all-state for Cardinal O'Hara in Class AA girls basketball last season, has committed to play for Canisius College beginning with the 2017-18 season. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 15.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a junior.