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Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016: Two Sec. 3 teams land games vs. Canadian foe

   Leading off today: A Canadian school will help kick off New York's high school football season Thursday at the Carrier Dome. Franco Cite, a French-Catholic school in Ottawa, Ontario, will take on New Hartford at 2 p.m.

   New Hartford was left without a Week 1 opponent this month when Oswego administrators scrapped the 2016 varsity football season. Franco Cite officials expressed interest, and the offer to add the game to a Kickoff Classic schedule that already had 10 games over four days sealed the deal.

   "We're ecstatic," New Hartford AD John Banek told Syracuse.com. "We really struggled to find a game."

   Franco Cite will cross the border again the following weekend to play Indian River, which also lost a game from its schedule when Oswego canceled its season.

   The game will be played under American football rules. Franco Cito will be able to use a Canadian ball -- it's slightly plumper -- on offense.

   "We're happy for the opportunity, and we are very, very excited," Franco Cite coach Paul Denis said.

   Banek said the New Hartford football boosters are having T-shirts made as gifts for the Canadian team. On the back they will read, "Friendship thru Football."

   Following up: The Lansing boys soccer team defeated Watkins Glen 3-0 in its season debut and the Wildcats' first game since the death Saturday of coach Adam Heck.

   Dave Schlesinger, Heck's assistant of 14 years, ran the team. Senior midfielder and captain Ian Coates netted the Bobcats' first goal less than 15 minutes into the contest. Junior midfielder Nick Parkes gave Lansing a 2-0 lead 10 minutes later.

   "At the moment, things are not right with the world," Schlesinger told The Ithaca Journal. "But we'll deal with it, because we have other great people here. We're trying to honor Adam. He did things right, we want to do that too."

   Unexpected return: Though she officially retired from coaching at the end of last season, Patti Vaughan is back as coach of the Morrisville-Eaton field hockey team.

   Vaughan, who's built a record of 495-117-45 since 1980, stepped up when her successor backed out this summer, the Observer-Dispatch reported.

   Vaughan retired from teaching in 2008.

   "I enjoyed being in sports," she told the paper, "not a classroom."

   Alumni news: Ohio State associate head coach Lou Rosselli, a former two-time state champion for Royalton-

  
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Hartland, has accepted an offer to become head wrestling coach at the University of Oklahoma.

   Rosselli, 46, had served on Tom Ryan's staff at Ohio State since 2006, building a reputation as one of the best coaches in the country. Rosselli ran the Ohio Regional Training Center, where he was instrumental in the development of two-time Olympian Tervel Dlagnev and other international competitors such as Logan Stieber, a four-time NCAA champ at Ohio State. He helped coach the Buckeyes' Kyle Snyder to Olympic gold in Rio this month.

   After Roy-Hart, Rosselli was a two-time All-American for Edinboro and a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team.

   Oklahoma has won seven NCAA team championships, but none since 1974. Rosselli is being asked to bring home the school's first Big 12 title since 2002.

   Stieber sent the following tweet after Snyder won his Olympic gold.

   Haste makes waste: Erie County is applying bandages to a law adopted last month that requires coaches of youth contact sports to take concussion safety training. Already, Buffalo-area legislators have proposed two amendments to soften the law's requirements, in light of the backlash over the "administrative nightmare" the law has unleashed on volunteer-based organizations and questions about which sports are considered "contact" sports.

   The amendments will be voted upon Thursday in the Erie County Legislature, The Buffalo News reported.

   One of the amendments would exempt youth baseball and softball from the concussion safety training requirements.

   "To put Little League softball in the same basket as tackle football -- that's not compatible,” said Legislator Peter Savage, who sponsors three teams in a local youth baseball league.

   Another amendment would clarify the law does not apply to visiting sports teams from outside of Erie County. It also would soften language related to compliance records maintenance, allowing leagues that already have an established concussion safety program to be exempt from the county law.

   John Hornung, vice president of the Hertel North Park Youth Baseball League, told the paper baseball is not a contact sport and should not fall into that category. Any sport could be prone to incidental contact that would lead to a concussion, he said.

   He added the law will make parents even more reluctant to step forward and coach.

   "It seems like we're going for headlines here instead of trying to solve a problem," he said.

   Extra points: Cameron Dollar, a wide receiver at Denver, N.C., East Lincoln, set a national record Friday with seven touchdown catches in the first half. Dollar finished with nine receptions for 299 yards in a 69-0 win against Christ The King.


  
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