Wondering where my friend from Buffalo is to :
A. Tell me about the places I sent him to check on at Lake George and whether he did so and had fun.
B. Wondering why he kept it a secret that my Plattsburgh State team is playing in an early season tournament at Buffalo State (due to a cancellation by some other team) and who our opponents might be since I know we will not be playing Buff State. Good old Coach Curle to the rescue it would appear. (Hope there are no non-DIII schools in the Coles Classic, which I assume is the tournament in question on the weekend of Friday and Saturday Nov 21st and 22nd. Our coming to the rescue of Buff State in this tournament may have cost us a home and home 2 year series with Amherst and the Lord Jeffs who were looking for an opponent to play on Feb 11th or 12th and would be willing to travel one year and have a return visit the next year. Unfortunately we no longer had a game open and couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. If the Bengals or any other SUNYAC team still have an open date you might want to give Coach Hixson a call at Amherst. Here's the link to the info: http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=3699.75
C. Thought Buff State was a season opening tournament for us, but just discovered we open up on Saturday, Nov. 15th at the Lycoming, Pennslyvania, tournament against Elizabethtown and then face the winner/loser of the Lycoming-Penn State-Schuylkill game on Sunday the 16th. I'm guessing it will be Plattsburgh State-Lycoming in the Championship game on Sunday at 3:00 PM. At least I hope it works out that way.
The Plattsburgh State schedule was released today with the exception of who we play in the Buff State tournament. We play our final 2 SUNYAC games against Brockport and Geneseo in Plattsburgh on Feb. 20th and 21st. Something tells me that those 2 contests will go a long way in determining who wins the conference's top seed. I'm just glad they are here in Plattsburgh. Here's the link to the Cardinals' schedule: http://www.gocardinalsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball
Once again I won't get to see my Cardinals in action until the month of December. After the 2 opening weekend tournaments we play St. Lawrence over there on December 2nd and finally get a set of home games against conference foes New Paltz and Oneonta on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. Then a 25 day break until we travel to Keene State on 12-31, New Year's Eve. (I wonder who scheduled that game).Finally back home again to face traditional rival Middlebury on January 6th. Once again, as usual, the Cardinals come out on the short end of the stick with only 10 home games of their 25 regular season contests. And 6 of their 7 non conference games are on the road. Not real happy about this year's schedule.
Plattsburgh will be shooting for their 7th NCAA bid in the last 10 years. No other East Region team can make that claim. They are coming off a successful 26-4 record, a Sweet 16 trip and a final ranking in the D3hoops Top 25 poll. The Plattsburgh State coaching staff is hoping for another fine season and even though they lost 3 starters from last year's team, several starters of 2 years ago who didn't play last season may be back with the team this year. The Cardinals figure to be deep and talented again this year. The success that Coach Tom Curle has experienced ever since his arrival at his alma mater in 2003 has been unparalleled and he will be seeking his 6th 20 win season in the past 9 years. Curle already holds the highest winning percentage of any Plattsburgh State coach and is the second longest serving head coach in the East Region trailing only RIT's Bob McVean in longevity
The 27th edition of the Cardinal Classic golf tournament was held yesterday afternoon and once again it was a huge success. Foursomes galore turned out to support the Cardinals and a great time was had by all. Weather was superb, golf was so so (at least by my team but we won it last year so it was someone else's turn this year). The food was exceptional as the tournament is co-sponsored by Chartwells , the company that does the food service at Plattsburgh State and is the finest meal put on by a golf tournament in the region with food and drinks both on the course during play and an outstanding dinner put on after the tournament on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain.
This is the tournament I should have asked Brockport State Coach Dunne to come up and join in the festivities and be on my team. Next year I will make it a priority if it is good timing for him. If a certain Buffalo State supporter would get his rear in gear and take up this great game of golf I'd get him up here as well. He'll learn in time that there is not to many sports that you're still able to play half way decently at the age of 65 and older as the sport of golf. The sooner he learns that lesson the better off he will be.
Of Special note our congratulations to Bengals Coach Fajri Ansari for having July 25th named "Fajri Ansari Day" by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for the over 30 years of service Coach Ansari has provided to the Buffalo Community as an educator and a coach among other outstanding contributions he has made to the Queen city area. It's not often a city the size of Buffalo recognizes someone in a special manner as they have done for Coach Ansari. A well deserved honor indeed. I always look forward to the visit by Coach Ansari and his fine staff whenever they make their yearly visit to Plattsburgh.