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

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

BEST

NCCYHA TOURNEY – Last weekend created plenty of action at Steele Hall at SUNY Fredonia. But it wasn’t the college players gathering all the headlines. It was the home of the 28th annual Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association tournament. Many parents and coaches spent countless hours at the tournament, which provides a competitive opportunity for youth hockey players. It was a tournament to remember.

SCHOOL SPIRIT – On Friday, March 15, the Silver Creek Black Knights high school varsity basketball team was playing in Glens Falls as part of the state championships. The game was broadcast, but it was during school. Silver Creek administrators, realizing that many students would want to watch the game, rearranged the school schedule to let students in Silver Creek see the contest. The Black Knights may not have prevailed, but they knew they had plenty of supporters back home.

FINAL MATH BATTLE – It was a bitter sweet week at Ripley Central School as the middle and high schools likely celebrated their last Pi Day math week competition. For the last six years, Ripley students have been holding various math competitions during the week of March 14 (3.14) and with the students likely to attend Chautauqua Lake in the fall, Ripley’s Math Week will be no more. Perhaps it’s a tradition the Chautauqua Lake School District can start next year.

WORST

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE – Chautauqua County’s unemployment rate hit double digits in January, reaching 10.1 percent. What makes these numbers even scarier is that the layoffs for Petri’s and Carriage House won’t take affect until April. The economy needs to be the focus of all our elected officials local, county and state. The national economy may be rebounding, but we’re going in the opposite direction.