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Brocton-Westfield cancels football

September 24, 2013

WESTFIELD — Following a week of canceled football games for the Westfield and Brocton communities, the football field will stay dark until next fall....

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blitzmjs

Sep-26-13 10:11 AM

I'm sure that school has been cancelled for the year in Brocton/Westfield right? With the emotional stress and the tough time the community is going through I am quite certain the students can't concentrate. Am I right RetiredTeacher and Proconserv? To sum it up, there are two types of people in the world. The ones that shut down in the face of adversity and the ones that come together and fight through adversity.

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proconserv

Sep-25-13 2:17 PM

bronski and RetiredTeacher are spot on with their comments. I bet none of the folks who are against them from canceling the season are even from Westfield or Brocton. Therefore, they really don't have a leg to stand on, and probably shouldn't be voicing their opinion in the matter. The folks that do have kids and friends that are a part of those communities are going through a very tough time, and everyone should respect the decision that has been made by the people...by the people who elect the BOE.

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RetiredTeacher

Sep-25-13 1:49 PM

Seriously? How will canceling the season be detrimental to the players or their futures? Players in a contact sport who don't have their heads in the game are much more likely to get hurt, just the same as if they are distracted while doing anything else. I fully support the Board on this decision, they are looking out for the health and welfare of the players. The death of a 16 year old is never just things getting tough, and to characterize it as that is not only callous, but disgusting. Unlike what many teenagers think, sometimes the adults do know what is best for them. Stop living vicaroiusly through your and other people's children and become their parents. Teens suffer enough with emotional problems, stop trying to place them under even more emotional stress.

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Flipper

Sep-25-13 9:24 AM

The board made the decision for the boys..the decision was made before they even asked the boys to vote, the day before the funeral mind you. They never even gave them a chance, we were going to try and fight this, but do we need to upset these kids even more, no we don't and that's what is holding us back.

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blitzmjs

Sep-25-13 7:59 AM

Bronski, you have a valid point that it is all speculation on my part. I just find it hard to believe that every player on the team wanted to walk away from the sport. For the ones that did not want to, I feel for them greatly. As a parent of 3 and a former high school football player, I would allow my kids to continue playing this season. Kids die in car accidents everyday, do you stop your kids from driving?

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bronski

Sep-25-13 6:54 AM

blitzmjs, do we know for a fact that the board made the decision without consulting the students? How many of these young men actually did not want to play? I have a hard time believing that a senior who has played since a young child that may be able to play for a college would walk away without a fight if the board made the decision. Better yet, I can not believe that a parent would allow it. Just saying.

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blitzmjs

Sep-24-13 7:40 PM

Bronski, To quickly respond to your long post I will say this. High School football is a voluntary sport. No one is forcing anyone to play. If a child wants to play football after this tragedy then let him play, if not that is fine also. The kids that want to play should not have that option taken away by the board. You are asking us to respect the wishes of a handful of adults that made a decision that affects many students and a whole community. Not to mention the effects it could have on the other teams in that division. Will this ruin their chances of making the playoffs? What about those players chances of getting on a college football team albeit D1 or D2. Please take a step back for a moment and try to look at the big picture and all of the ramification of this decision.

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Gitch87

Sep-24-13 7:36 PM

A very sad sad sistuaton, but to cancel the season? What about players that have been playing since midget football or even sooner. Time goes on,life goes on. We should live each day to the fullest and honor and remember thoses we cherish. The games should go on.

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Sydion

Sep-24-13 4:25 PM

Let the players vote, they will tell the public how they feel with a vote. Either way, play or no play, we need to respect the player votes. The article doesn't state that the players voted, it states that a board member has heard feedback to not play and that the board president recommended to not play via the superintendent. While tragic in every way, the players should voice their wishes as to moving forward with the season or not.

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bronski

Sep-24-13 2:49 PM

Okay everyone, how many of you posting your comments have children on the team? If you do then it is up to you to discuss it with the school and the board and your child. If not, what do you have to gain? You do not know what these boys are feeling? How dare you chastise them and the board because you think they are not going to know how to deal with these situations in the future. How many will go on to college and play football? Know one knows. This is not going to stop them from playing if they want later on. You need to respect what they chose to do. I for one am proud that they came to this decision as a team. Who are we to judge them? Take a lesson from their book and be supportive of their decision and stop making this out to be more than what it is.My son lost 2 best friends to tragedy. I would never force him to do something he did not want to just to make other people happy which is what most of these post are suggesting. RESPECT their wishes and stop bashing them.

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Localone

Sep-24-13 1:56 PM

I don't think it has anything to do with wanting to watch football and everything to do with teaching kids to persevere and face a challenge head on rather than give up. We've become a culture of coddler's, always looking to take the easy way out either to make people feel better or in fear of offending anyone.

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pattyc

Sep-24-13 1:19 PM

Sounds to me that people are more concerned here about not being able to watch a football game then concerns on what the team and coaches are dealing with.Why not let the team still practice and go with the JV team to watch them play and support them.Not all this bull crap of what should or shouldn't be done!!!!!!!!!!!it's not about us it's about them :)

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DarkStar

Sep-24-13 12:36 PM

Regelski,

No one is talking about forcing them to play, they simply state that those that want to should be able to do so, assuming of course there are enough that are interested to still field a team.

Each person is different and should be allowed to deal with this situation in their own way, but I think allowing the rest of the season to be taken from them in this manner is cruel and short sighted.

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Regelski

Sep-24-13 12:24 PM

over all other values and reasonable concerns. For the 'jocks' among the commentariat, this is not a time for the players to be forced into a 'gut check' situation: it's a time for reflection, personal growth, and decision-making. Shame on those who would push these young athletes into values that apply in professional athletics. They (and the community) need time to grieve. And, let's not forget their studies. I applaud the team members who realize that there is more to life than entertainment for the community and that interscholastic sports are focused on the "whole" individual.

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Regelski

Sep-24-13 12:14 PM

So, the local "culture" of community/school identification with sports is more important than the mental and physical status of school athletes (or their academic standing)? As former school athlete, the death of a peer was unheard of. But, the students affected will need time to gather their thoughts and their commitments, especially to football which is by nature more dangerous than most other sports. I feel lucky to have gone to a school which was considered too small to offer football (the size of current Brocton). Thus, we becamea major force in soccer, baseball, and basketball. All games of this kind have their dangers (as I learned) but I fully support the administration, coaches, and staff for respecting the need of their players for some some space and time for recovery. Are they supposed to go out and hit the 'enemy' even harder, as a result of this tragedy? Or will their thoughts leave them more vulnerable. The commentariat seems not to care.Football over all o

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Griffen60

Sep-24-13 11:59 AM

Parents of the players should tell the school to reconsider today , lets see how many come to practice.

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DarkStar

Sep-24-13 11:57 AM

To all those supporting the vote to end the season, why should the majority of players be able to stop if for the rest, assuming there were still enough players remaining to field a team?

Let the kids vote with their feet, if they show up great, that's their choice, and if they don't, that's fine also.

Saying "well most decided to end the season" is disingenuous at best since having the vote the day before the funeral seems to be a thinly veiled attempt to insure a desired outcome.

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FedUpTaxpayer

Sep-24-13 11:52 AM

What would Damon think about football being canceled for a year? You think he'd be happy to see this? Seems more like all those in the sport are being punished. Life goes on people!!!

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kilroy069

Sep-24-13 11:28 AM

I for one have read the comments posted here.some people are right,and some are wrong,It is up to the players as to what they wish to do,to loose a class mate is a horriable thing to go thru.i went to DHS in the 70's and lost 3 class mates.but never during a sports game.I think (flipper is right).I just wonder how this will effect the kids when some go on to college football,only having 3 years of football behind them.how will this effect scholarship?.this vote should not have been crammed down their throats so soon...the best thing would of been to keep them playing.they will not learn life lessons,good or bad,if we do not teach them!!!!!

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Mjones

Sep-24-13 11:11 AM

I agree that this may not be what Damon would have wanted BUT if these kids are the least bit hesitant or if they go out there second guessing a play because they might get hurt...they will get hurt. If their mind is somewhere else and they aren't ready to play you can't make them. On the other hand, maybe continue to practice and see how it goes. You can't give up, it's simply not an option.

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uhgtbk

Sep-24-13 10:41 AM

Congrats to the boys soccer team (including Damon's cousin and football teammate)who went out on the field last night and beat Dunkirk 4-0!!!!!!!

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HaveANiceDay

Sep-24-13 10:19 AM

I will say that I don't agree with the decision by the board to cancel the season. Let them play and honor their fallen teammate.

However, I won't say it with words that denigrate the volunteers that serve on the board. You people need to get a life

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commentor

Sep-24-13 10:01 AM

There was just a movie on TV where an entire football team and all the coaches were killed with 1 young man surviving because he had an injury and didn't go on the trip. They picked new coaches and team players and played to honor them. They went on to win the big championship. That's courage not this.

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Localone

Sep-24-13 9:53 AM

And here's the lesson in life taken from this. When things get tough.....give up!

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Flipper

Sep-24-13 9:29 AM

I think there should be a 2ND VOTE!!

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