East Aurora's football players don't have to attend summer football camps to get valuable advice from a professional. They can get their questions answered at practice.
Retired Buffalo Bills free safety Mark Kelso has been serving as an assistant coach this season with the Blue Devils, working mostly with the defensive backs.
"Being a defensive back in the NFL, he also sees things from an offensive perspective," East Aurora coach Rich Brodnicki said. "We talk about pass patterns and he'll show us what a wide receiver would use to get open. The kids are understanding that technique is important, and this is coming from someone who has played in the big show. It's also coming from someone who's had some of the best coaching in the country."
Kelso and Brodnicki met six years ago through their church. Before the start of the season, Kelso asked Brodnicki if he could use an assistant. Besides coaching, Kelso also teaches fifth grade in one of the district's elementary schools.
East Aurora, which made its first Rich Stadium appearance last year but lost 17 seniors from that 6-4 team, has struggled to an 0-5 start this season.
"I love working with the kids," Kelso said. "I'd like to see the program do real well, and plan on my own children (Chelsea, 8, Jesse, 6, and Cody, 4) being a part of it some day. I'm a citizen of the community, a teacher in the school district, and I enjoy seeing the kids on a daily basis."
Kelso played the 1986-1993 seasons in Buffalo. He made 81 starts in his eight seasons, and played in all four of the Bills' Super Bowls.Catholic schools apply
The Msgr. Martin Association has made another application for acceptance into Section VI.
The request is in committee for discussion. Sister Maria Pares, the director of athletics for the Msgr. Martin Association, said she is hoping for approval of a November postcard ballot.
In the last vote, taken in March 1996, 53 schools voted no, 21 voted yes and 17 schools abstained. A majority of yes votes (46 of the 91 Section VI schools) is needed to gain entry.
Sister Maria has attended school board meetings in Alden, Cleveland Hill, Frontier, Iroquois and Kenmore in making her latest appeal. She is attempting to educate people on what she called "the real issues."
She said Catholic high schools don't pull a lot of students away from the public schools because they get 80 percent of their students from Catholic grade schools. And, she added, costs prohibit many students from attending Catholic schools.
"Our students have to pay anywhere between $3,500 to $4,000, so it's not like they're transferring in droves from public schools," she said.
Canisius-St. Joe's site set
The annual Canisius-St. Joe's battle on Nov. 8 has been moved to Depew's Frank Constantino Complex at 2 p.m.
Canisius is designated as the home team this year, but the Crusaders play at the Demske Sports Complex and the collegiate Griffs are home that day against Marist. Tentative plans to play at the University at Buffalo fell through.
Why Depew?: "Because all the other public schools said no," said Canisius athletic director Jeff Gemmer, "and I asked about eight schools."
St. Joe's leads the series, 33-23-3. It hasn't lost to Canisius since 1982.