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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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rdnewt

Sep-24-13 6:25 AM

I agree with Barry Underwood. The students need to be taught that life goes on after a death, especially at such young ages. The whole ordeal is absolutely tragic, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but for the Superintendent to put forth that option is wrong. Take a bye week and heal, but get back on track and don't dwell on the bad things that happened. Be strong and carry on, and never ever give up!

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Griffen60

Sep-24-13 7:19 AM

The people who made this decision , adults in charge , are spineless! WHY would you let kids vote , none the less the day before the funeral , and not be administrators and make an adult decision? By making the kids vote they have no responsibility or the consequences for their decision. So much for the things Damon lived his life by .... never quit , always give 110% , give it your all. Another BAD decision by this school district !

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225522

Sep-24-13 7:50 AM

Ditto. Life is tough and at time unfair. If certain players want to not play....Ok. If the whole team does not show up for practice or games then the decision to cancel the rest of the season would be a done deal.

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notalways

Sep-24-13 8:05 AM

I think there should have been a week or two break and more thought given to a final decision. Then all the players should have been given a chance to meet and talk about this as a team. What about the seniors who will not be able to play again? What about the team being able to give their type of tribute to Damon? Where did Brocton, Damon's home town, set on this decision? This was a horrible tragedy, but I am not sure that this is the way to honor a young man who loved the game.

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barcelona

Sep-24-13 8:08 AM

It was good to hear that Barry Underwood and Bob Neratko attended the meeting and asked questions. Maybe we can start to get some answers. I agree totally with Barry on the football issue. They could have taken it game by game. There are going to be alot of Boys who 2 weeks from now wish they would be playing. Seniors will never get the chance to play again. I also agree with rdnewt never ever give up!

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barcelona

Sep-24-13 8:11 AM

For those out there that don't understand this decision made by the Westfield superintendent and BOE, its because they are spineless and we have been dealing with these kinds of decisions for years. And we expect these same people to make a good decision on a merger?

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DarkStar

Sep-24-13 8:19 AM

I think they should have given it a couple more weeks and then let the players decide if they wanted to continue.

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bronski

Sep-24-13 8:25 AM

Spineless, cowards or whatever you want to call them it is your choice, however, if the boys chose not to continue that is their right. These are young men that saw a friend die. Yes life does go on. No one on that football team was going to the pros. It is high school football. If no one showed up for the game then cancel it, really. What about the team that traveled to play? I think allowing the boys to vote was showing respect for not only Damon but also the team. It looks like they showed more respect and responsibility than everyone that commented did.

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Westfieldparents

Sep-24-13 8:27 AM

Those of you with a clue know that the BOE did not make this decision, the players did and the Board is only acting upon the wishes of the players. Please get the facts before calling anyone spineless.

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Westfieldparents

Sep-24-13 8:29 AM

Amen Bronski!

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Griffen60

Sep-24-13 8:33 AM

I think they should have resumed today with practice and see how many showed up to play. If they had enough you go on with your season. If not you cancel. These are young men are learning how to deal with what life serves them. How to make a bad situation better , not quit when things go bad. If it were a concert schedule want to bet they would not have cancelled that schedule ?

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Griffen60

Sep-24-13 8:34 AM

Bronski , it came by recommendation of the Superintendent , I dare them to show the actual votes of the players!

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blitzmjs

Sep-24-13 9:16 AM

I am confused.. what ever happened to coming together when faced with adversity? This is a very important time for these players and school to come together, unite and honor their teammate, friend, classmates life. Play on and fight through it. You will only become stronger. This is another example of the pussification of america.

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BillWestfieldNY

Sep-24-13 9:19 AM

You have the players who want to show up for practice, practice. If there is not enough players you forfeit the game on Thursday before the Friday game. You keep practice open for those who want to do the sport, hopefully in a week or two most of the players return.

If this was a play or music would they have have called it off?

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rosebud

Sep-24-13 9:23 AM

Things happen. This if life. How will these children be able to handle life if they QUIT at the first sign of adversity??? I don't do "High school Football", but you are making a mistake !! If these children are forced to give up now, what can you expect them to do in the future? Is this grief for a child that no one knew a couple of weeks ago, or a way to saved a few bucks, on buses, overtime for driver's, etc...

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Flipper

Sep-24-13 9:28 AM

This is completely wrong! They should have never asked these kids to vote on Friday, the day before the funeral, most of these kids don't feel the same way they did Friday, they spent the weekend saying good bye to their teammate, they have gone through the closure process the board should have waited to ask these kids such a question good job! What are they teaching these kids, death happens and you give up? They should still have the football just make the changes, tweak your system, keep these boys together, keep them practicing, working out in the weight rooms, moving forward, if they take a bye week who cares if they take two bye weeks who cares atleast they are together and moving forward instead of forgetting about what happened! If their last game of the season comes and they are ready to play and its the only game they play, great, they will dedicate it to Damon and thats what Damon would of wanted he would have never wanted this, he would fight for them boys to play! 4-G's

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Flipper

Sep-24-13 9:29 AM

I think there should be a 2ND VOTE!!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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