Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best – and worst – of the week:


CLASS C CHAMPS – It’s been a great ride and the journey continues! On Tuesday, the Silver Creek Black Knights defeated Middle Early College to win the overall Section 6 Class C boys basketball title. “I can’t even express their happiness and how happy I am for them,” said coach Rob Genco. Silver Creek will square off against Section 5’s Mynderse in the Class C Far West Regional today in Rochester. That game will determine who will compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state boys basketball tournament.

SWIMMING SUCCESS – For the first time in program history, Fredonia State will send two women to the same NCAA Division III championship meet in the sport of springboard diving. Six-time All-American Sara Ficarro will be making her fourth and final NCAA appearance while junior Ashley Keller will be making her first appearance later this month at Shenandoah, Texas.

Fredonia State has been represented at the NCAA meet by at least one diver – male or female – in each of the previous seven meets under the old format. In addition to Ficarro, Kelly Sponholz – a national champ in 2009 – has competed in women’s diving at the NCAA level.

Also, in the men’s meet, senior Ryan Fuller earned his first trip to the NCAA Division Championship meet by finishing second in the men’s 1-meter springboard event.

Good luck to the Blue Devils as they head to the championship meet!

SPRING SPORTS NEARS – This week, we read about how SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils were getting ready for the upcoming baseball season. Also, local high school students have begun practice. Outdoor lacrosse is nearing as well. Whether you enjoy sports or not, the start of baseball season is a reminder that winter is coming to an end.


TWO VEHICLE PURCHASE – We’re not arguing that Fredonia police need new vehicles. We’re questioning replacing two at once. According to Police Chief Brad Meyers, one vehicle has 150,000 miles on it, while the other has 90,000 miles on it. Why replace both vehicles at once? Replace the higher mileage this year and then replace the other the following year. Better yet, develop a long-range fleet replacement plan so that village taxpayers aren’t forced to replace multiple police vehicles in a single year.