Chelsea Robinson scored a milestone goal (her 200th) and then added the winner (with 29 seconds left) as Lakeland/Panas defeated Greeley 14-13 yesterday. Alex Myers was there “with the details”:http://lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080429/SPORTS02/804290348/1110. Jess Curran scored the first four goals and Caitlin Collins assisted on the final goal.
In the other big game played yesterday, two defensive-minded teams battled, and Mahopac ended up with a 5-4 win over John Jay. It’s great to see so many competitive games in the power league after what happened last year to the bottom teams.
The Lakeland/Panas game bring up another issue. This was sent to me by former Pearl River AD Tom Doherty. You can tell how new he is to blogging because he signed his name at the end (just kidding).
I’ll hold off on offering my own opinion because I want to generate discussion, but here are some facts about the issue. Panas contributes three girls to the Lakeland/Panas girls team (the same number as last year), and Section 1 has never denied a merger. I’m definitely interested to hear your thoughts.
“It puzzles me that Lakeland-Panas is still allowed to be merged in these high profile sports. Can someone please explain to me why this is allowed to be â€œrubber-stampedâ€
year after year?
When the New York State Public High School Athletic Association first allowed schools to combine teams in the early 80â€™s it was really earmarked for â€œemergingâ€ programs in the smaller schools (Class C & D). The concept was for these schools to get together for a few short years in a new sport like lacrosse to provide an opportunity for these students to participate. Once the foundation was built, each school would then go off to form their own team. It was never the intention for school districts with two large high schools to regularly merge their programs into a district-wide team of all the elite athletes.
According to the NYSPHSAA classification numbers for the 2007-2008 school year, Lakeland has 947 students in grades 10 through 12 and Panas has 669. Of the 79 high schools in Section One, Lakeland is the 27th largest and Panas is 38th. Another factor that must be considered is that they both lie in Upper Westchester County, one of the top â€œhotbedsâ€ in the entire country for lacrosse. Both the boys and girls teams are almost always ranked in the weekly state â€œTop 25â€ poll and perennially in contention for the Section One championships. If the true purpose of scholastic sports is to provide opportunities for youngsters to participate, I can not understand why each school has not developed their own teams?
To me this is not just a lacrosse issue; another example of a current â€œdynastyâ€ is Clarkstown having one girlsâ€™ gymnastics team. Using the same state classification numbers as above, Clarkstown North has 1173 students and Clarkstown South has 1061 students. They are the 14th and 19th largest high schools in Section One.
I would welcome your readersâ€™ thoughts on these merged teams.”
Former Athletic Director
Pearl River High School