Section 4 interscholastic sports coordinator Ben Nelson: "I'm not really surprised they reduced the number of games, it just doesn't make a lot of sense to me, or to most of the AD's (in Section 4)."
More on the meeting: Also in Binghamton, the Executive Committee OK'd using three referees for regional and state tournament play in boys basketball. The costs will be offset by using the "standby official" as the third ref.
And a plea from me: As long as we're cutting two games from the regular season for boys lacrosse, can we please change the format for the last three rounds of the state tournament to a Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday format? Squeezing the quarters, semis and final into a Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday format is murder on coaches, ADs, media, parents and oh, yeah the athletes themselves.
Final thought: I believe a lot of good people were trying to do the right thing when they got involved in this process, and the financial issues they sought to address are very real.
However, when we look back at this weekend's decisions a year or so down the road I think we're going to come to the realization that the single most significant action taken cutting regular-season schedules was a decision that should have been left in the hands of the respective sections after significant discussion at the league level.
Meanwhile, the issues that really are topics for statewide discussion adjusting state tournament classes and formats have been put off for another day.
Saturday hoops highlights: Rochester East senior guard Jerrold Brooks, fresh off 41- and 45-point games in the past two weeks, poured in 50 yesterday during a 109-75 victory against Syracuse Corcoran in the RAP Invitational at East. Brooks, who shot 18 of 24 from the field, also had 11 assists and seven steals for the Orientals (13-4).
Dane Miller scored 20 points with 14 rebounds and four assists as Class AA No. 6 Rush-Henrietta edged No. 20 Syracuse CBA, 59-53.
Bishop Kearney, ranked No. 1 in Class B, broke out to a 17-2 lead and held off Class A No. 19 Aquinas, 55-50. Patrick Coyle scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Kings (11-2).