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03/10/06

Sideline report

Magee undecided on Canisius

James Johnson, Jeff DiVeronica
staff writers

(March 10, 2006) Canisius basketball recruit Cory Magee, the 6-foot-8 center from Fairport, said Thursday he isn't sure if he'll try to get out of his letter-of-intent commitment to the Buffalo college that fired its coach, Mike MacDonald, on Wednesday after a 9-20 season. "I was really close with coach MacDonald. He was a big factor in my decision. I'm trying to get through my season and then I'll see. Nothing's for sure," said Magee, whose Red Raiders play in Saturday's state quarterfinals.

"I'll meet with the new coach and give him a chance, then we'll see. Right now, I want to keep my options open."

Special season for Finney

The Section V Class DD boys basketball championship trophy is no longer at Finney, the school that won it. It's not even in America anymore.

It's in Germany.

The Falcons sent it back with the family of Alex Souesters, a former teammate and exchange student who died in a bicycle accident in Austria in August. Even before Finney's run, the players dedicated this season to Souesters, who played soccer, basketball and baseball last year at the school in Penfield.

"Just a fun kid, a kid who wanted to try anything he could and he worked hard at it," said coach Joe Marchand.

Souesters' No. 20 jersey also was retired. It won't be worn again by a player on any boys or girls team at the school.

New coach at Schroeder

Chris Urban moves from football assistant after five seasons to varsity coach at Webster Schroeder. This is the 36-year-old's first head varsity position. He is a graduate of St. Mary's High in Lancaster, near Buffalo, where he was a five-year assistant, and SUNY Brockport.

Schroeder finished 7-2 last season under Stephen Romano, who returned to the coaching staff at St. John Fisher College. The Warriors, whose losses last season came to Class AA state finalist Webster Thomas, expect to have six offensive and four defensive starters back. Schroeder will be in Class AAA.

# John Lockhart will return for a fifth season as Greece Arcadia's coach. The Titans were 5-4 last season.

Willit commits

The Roberts Wesleyan College women's soccer team believes in adding Spencerport's Laura Willit it has gained a "great attacking player with speed and vision," according to coach Dan Berg. Willit, a 2005 All-Greater Rochester pick, recently signed a letter of intent with the NAIA school in Chili.

Et cetera

Webster Schroeder's varsity cheerleaders earned the grand champions title at the American Challenge competition in Indianapolis. Schroeder is the champion of the event's varsity advanced division. ... The Rochester Lady Lions softball team, comprised of players from nine different area schools, finished runner-up in last month's U.S. Softball Association Invitational in Orlando. It earned the Lions a chance top play in the USSA Worlds in Kansas in July. ... The annual "No Frills" football clinic for coaches is 11 a.m. Saturday at Greece Olympia. Registration is $30 at the door. Call (585) 563-6400 or (585) 966-5118 for more information.

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