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Monday, June 16, 2008: Stephenson has his list down to three (or four) schools
   Leading off today: Abraham Lincoln all-state basketball player Lance Stephenson has cut his list of potential colleges to three, The Daily News reported today. According to Dick "Hoops" Weiss, Stephenson's list consists of Kansas, UCLA and Southern Cal.

   I donít know when Iíll make a decision,Ē Stephenson told Weiss.

   The player's father says St. John's remains in the picture.

   Baseball staying put: The NYSPHSAA baseball tournament will stay in Section 4 through 2010, the Press & Sun-Bulletin reported today.

   The Binghamton area's bid submitted in 2007 went uncontested, and the state baseball committee tacked on the two-year extension to the current run in the Southern Tier, which began in 2003.

   Having three lighted fields in close proximity is one of the advantages the Binghaton area has, Section 4 baseball chairman Lou Ferraro told the paper.

   The softball tournament will be held in Waterloo in 2009 and 2010.

   Greece may change eligibility policy: The Greece Central School District could soon change a rather lax policy that lets athletes stay eligible in sports even if they are failing

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       The current policy bars students from playing if they have an overall grade point average that falls below 2.0 on a scale of 4. A student earning four B's and 2 F's is still eligible.

       "We've been missing the boat," Olympia AD Kim Henshaw told the Democrat and Chronicle. She noted examples in which athletes played all three seasons during the school year but ended up ineligible to graduate on time due to poor grades.

       Under the revisions, athletes with poor grades will be required to enroll in academic support programs in order to keep their place on a team. The Greece school board will review the revisions on July 8.

       "What I like most about the policy is that there is more adult accountability," Superintendent Steve Achramovitch told the paper. "It's really putting the emphasis on athletic directors and coaching staff to monitor where students are academically and take preventative measures."

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