"If this could happen to us, it could happen to anyone," Scott Ventiere said. "The hospital personnel told us this is common; it happens every night. It's an epidemic."
On Thursday, a doctor asked the 125-pound senior if he knew how many days he had been in the hospital, said Dawn Ventiere, his mother.
"My son answered three days," she said. "And the doctor said, 'You are right. You've been here for three days and today could have been your funeral. You see all those people out there waiting to see you? They could have been lining up for your funeral.'"
Olean standout injured: A potential girls basketball championship season at Olean, ranked 11th in Class B, is at risk following an injury to star player Rachel Bantelman.
The University at Buffalo recruit suffered tore ligaments and cartilage in her right wrist last week during a 45-40 victory over Wayland-Cohocton at the Hilton tournament. She's expected to be out until at least late February and will learn this week whether she'll need surgery, The Buffalo News reported.
With its three-year starter out, Olean dropped a 61-47 decision to Irondequoit in the tournament final Saturday.
A rule's a rule, but ...: The rule broken when Watertown High allowed alumni to practice with its boys basketball team is violated much more often than it's reported, The Watertown Times reported.
The school was placed on probation by the Frontier League recently after officials received an e-mail tip of the infraction that originated with a report in the newspaper.
"I think it's the first violation we've given out for this," league Executive Director Robert Kowalick said. "But this has probably gone on. I think it's been pretty common for kids to come home from college and want to practice with their old team."
Kowalick said he sent a reminder about the rule to all Frontier League schools Dec. 1, the same day the story about the ill-advised scrimmage appeared.
"We're not going to go chasing people around," he said. "A lot of people will complain to us about someone doing something wrong, but it's an anonymous letter or a phone call. If you're going to complain about something, it's got to be in writing."