NYSPHSAA is in the wrong, Metro to hold third annual banquet
Thursday March 22, 2012 | By:Matthew Ondesko, Metro Source Editor
CHEEKTOWAGA - Is it really a shocker that something wants to be cut when it comes to high school athletics?
After all, we donít have the Empire States Game anymore. So now lets get rid of the state championships as well. After all who needs them, right? Why should the kids be able to play for a state title when they can win their section.
Itís a joke, really?
And one that I hope doesnít get voted through. The NYSPHSAA doesnít really have a clue on whatís going on. Instead of coming up with a better way to fix the issues, they are looking to cut the issue.
Maybe, it is a scare tactic to raise more money Ė thereís a shocker. Or maybe they are really serious about it.
If that is the case then get rid of the state championships,
I am sure the public schools would love to be able to schedule more games Ė especially in football. I am sure they hate the idea of playing six football games a year when their Catholic counterparts can play nine Ė not including playoffs.
And they wonder why so many boys and girls are transferring from public to private. A lot of it is exposure Ė and if you get rid of the state championships you may see a lot more kids transfer out.
Even though the St. Bonaventure menís team lost in the NCAA Tournament to Florida State last week, it is great to see the local colleges getting back to the big dance.
The will never be a college town Ė not with the Bills and Sabres here, but the excitement from the menís and womenís team had this city talking.
As I have been told, at one point college basketball was huge here and hopefully the success of the teams at St. Bonaventure will bring back the buzz of big time hoops.
Hope springs enternal
Last year at this time high school games all over Western New York were being cancelled because of bad weather.
Now we are talking about the nicest weather is years as the spring season gets underway for all sports this weekend and next week.
Unless we get a big storm, donít see that happening, baseball and softball teams that scheduled games for the end of March should be able to get on the diamond. In fact, last week while we were out doing spring previews, teams were out practicing in 70 degree weather.
If the weather holds for the next couple of months, it should make for a great 2012 spring season.
Lacrosse is upon us
With the lacrosse season getting underway this past week, Metro and Hamburg Sun will out scouting the top athletes for the third annual Metro/Sun Lacrosse Banquet to be held June 19. We will be looking for the best 11 girls and 11 boys to fill our teams and also are taking nominations for the Andrew Maisano Leadership Award.
For more information on the banquet contact Metro Source Editor Matthew Ondesko at email@example.com.