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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Tough day in Sportsworld

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Tough day in Sportsworld

The day started out swimmingly, the CP Dynamos 18U hockey team won Wednesday night, 10-0 and again this morning, 7-4 to go 2-0 in pool play. I had the day off and Sam's Chinese Buffett was on the schedule for me and the bride.

Then it all basically went to hell.

It officially came down that the Empire State Games would be postponed for this year. Not a big shot since the Games were already gutted by the proposed budget and the host area, Poughkeepsie/Hudson Valley pulled themselves out as a host site, Thursday's news was more a formality.

Life goes on...for some.

Then after picking up a copy of the latest edition of Spirit of Saratoga I learn that Shenendehowa High School had suspended a track coach based on the revokation of his teaching credentials in 1996, after he had been hired as a part-time coach and never as a teacher.

The credential removal was based on alleged events that occurred in 1989 and 1990 in New York City regarding a then-student. Charges were levied, no conviction occurred and information is now coming out that the prosecution dropped the charges giving the then-coach his picture as well as fingerprint card from the event.

15 years later a person, an apparent "crime victim advocate" brought it to the attention of the State Police who verified the charges and credential removal.

After a parade to the Shenendehowa District Office it took the school superintendent less than 90 minutes to make a decision and suspend the coach.

I may be the only person who hasn't mentioned the coach by name, unlike all three other newspaper sites and five television stations.

Bad news at Shen is fodder for all. e.g. Hockey House, Hockey Pot, Christopher Culver...

The reason is the alleged events occured almost 20 years ago, the charges dismissed 17 years ago and no one has clarified on what grounds the coach was removed for.

News is all over this but on this one the facts are too muddy for me to start slinging anything.

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