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This year I observed that Section V (Rochester) teams have eliminated most of their Section VI rivals from Western New York, with the sole exception of the Lockport Lions boys team that beat Edison. Southwestern, Hinsdale, City Honors, Portville, Williamsville East, Pine Valley and the Lady Lions all were beaten by Section V teams. Why?

Basically, abysmal coaching at our city schools has left a void in the competition available. I feel some of these part-time teacher/coaches might get some wake-up calls if they played the likes of St. Joe's, where the egotistical Tim Lennon might run up the score as he did in the Marauders' 60-point romp over O'Hara. Let's let the parochial schools compete with the public schools in Section VI. If these schools get students from outside the district, so what?

It is my feeling that the good student-athletes from this area are not getting their fair share of athletic scholarships due to poor coaching, poor competition and a system too rigid to change. Let's face the facts. Section V has dominated Section VI in both basketball and football for years. Let's encourage the athletic directors, who seem to want to perpetuate the status quo, to look for some alternatives to improve WNY athletic competition.

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