Major Cole's days at running back for Turner/Carroll are over.
Cole, second-team All-New York State last year as a junior, will not return to the Msgr. Martin Association school this fall after he was expelled last spring for disciplinary reasons.
When football practices begin across Western New York next month, Cole will likely be enrolled at either Riverside or Cardinal O'Hara.
Cole was unsuccessful last week in his appeal for reinstatement before Turner/Carroll Principal Dr. Carol Stewart. Stewart refused comment, but she did say she'd sign off on Cole to enhance his eligibility to play football this fall at another school.
Turner/Carroll coach John Barnes Jr. confirmed that Cole's most recent behavioral rift involved a fight in the spring with a player who had been thrown off the football team early in the season.
Cole said he didn't feel he's been treated fairly.
"I never fought before, never. You can go back in my records. This is my first time, and it wasn't my fault. But I have to accept it.
"If I go back to another Catholic school, it might be better for scouts to look for me, but I'm not sure. If O'Hara doesn't have a decent (offensive) line, I probably won't go there," he said.
According to Barnes, Cole rushed for a Western New York-leading 1,749 yards in 10 games last year. He earned second-team All-Western New York honors at running back. He would have been a four-year starter for the Chargers.
Andrews is top hurdler
Ron Andrews didn't leave the 23rd annual East Coast Invitational in Bethesda, Md., empty-handed.
The Sweet Home graduate won the 110 high hurdles in 14.11 in the 17-18 age group. The competition included 3,200 athletes from 23 states and seven countries. In the semifinals, he ran a personal-best 14.06.
Andrews was awarded the Elias Howe Award as the top hurdler at the Invitational. Andrews will attend Kent State in the fall on scholarship.
North-South game Wednesday
The last of 11 practices for the Kensington Lions Club/Tops All-Star Football Classic is today.
The 22nd annual charity contest will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Williamsville South. Tickets may be purchased before the game ($6 for adults, $2 for children) at all Western New York Tops Markets or the Buffalo Bills ticket office. Proceeds benefit the Kensington Lions Club Scholarship fund.
Baseball all-state team named
Twenty boys from Western New York have been named to the All-New York State baseball team, published this month in the New York State Sportswriters newsletter.
There were five Western New York players each from Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D.
Class A: Western New York Player of the Year Pat Huntington (Kenmore East), Kyle Domogala (Orchard Park), Mike Palano (Timon/St. Jude), Joe Pisarek (North Tonawanda) and Matt Hansen (Frontier).
Class B: Jim Wolf (Williamsville East), Dan Brick (Grand Island), Pat Gray (Lewiston-Porter), Kevin Brown (Amherst), Charlie Smilinich (Tonawanda).
Class C: Seth Johnson (Frewsburg), Chris Austin (Wilson), Ange Marra (Falconer), Casey Grann (Falconer) and Chris Gray (Frewsburg).
Class D: Matt Rogan (Cattaraugus), D.J. Cartwright (Pine Valley), Jack Burgess (Ripley), Kevin Henzel (Walsh) and Jason Bley (North Collins, who was killed in a late-season car accident).
Coaches are needed in North Tonawanda in girls swimming, boys swimming and boys junior varsity soccer. Contact John Tylec, personnel director, at 694-8011 . . . Coaches are needed in Depew for cheerleading at all levels. Call Dan McGrath at 686-2432 . . . Frontier graduate Shannon Rowell has accepted a swimming scholarship to the University of Massachusetts. Rowell was a three-time qualifier in the New York State meet and a four-year participant in the Empire State Games . . . Frontier Central is looking for coaches in basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball and wrestling. Contact Larry A. Bryant, 4432 Bayview Road, Hamburg, 14075. . . . Former Traditional boys basketball coach Joe Cardinal and local state statistician Paul Hutzler discovered an error in Western New York's overall scoring leaders. Damien Foster should be at No. 2 on the all-time list with 2,324 career points while Jason Rowe is third with 2,286.