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February 23, 2013

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Preston worked hard for record

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Ray Preston became the coach with the most wins in high school girls basketball for New York state.

How does this happen in a small, rural school that does not have large numbers of athletes to draw from? For Ray, the answer is in doing four things well: know the game; work hard in all aspects of coaching; have program discipline; and develop a strong respect for others throughout the program.

Knowing Ray for many years, he always blamed losses on poor coaching and carried himself in a professional manner on and off the court.

Congratulations, Ray. Your friends are proud of your accomplishments and I know your great family is, too.

Jack Nagle, Worcester

Refs should improve their game

I’d like to address officiating in the Tri-Valley League. I’m a parent of a local varsity girls basketball player and attend 15-plus games a year.

After watching the area championships Saturday at Oneonta State, I found a dynamic present that I’ve seen in stark contrast throughout this season and many others — especially in the Milford-Morris boys final.

It seems we have two levels of officials out there on any given night. There are those who know the game and take their jobs seriously and there are those who do not. This difference was ever apparent during this championship game.

The three referees seemed to be there more for the paycheck than to fairly call the contest. The entire gymnasium seemed baffled several times as to how these three officials “butchered” what was, in most cases, the most important game for these young men.

These guys called travel on players who stood still, they forgot who they called a foul on and who to give the ball to, and they missed obvious hacks throughout. Then they had the audacity to laugh after making these mistakes.

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