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Note regarding the 2014 All-WNY girls basketball team

By Keith McShea

Lancaster senior Sarah Saba was named to this year's All-Western New York first team for girls basketball. 

We notified her of the All-WNY first-team cover photo shoot, but she was unable to attend due to an out-of-town trip with her family. That is why she was not included on the cover of Saturday's paper or in our All-WNY videos. 

This was a difficult and unprecedented situation for us at The News.

In the end, the decision was made to include Saba on a six-player first team.

The All-Western New York basketball teams, with extremely rare exceptions, consist of five players on each team. It is part of the excruciating arithmetic we encounter every year: There is always a list of players many agree are among the best, but that list is almost always longer than five. Having a six-player first team is a major exception but, under the circumstances, we felt it was the most appropriate measure to take.

Going forward, when The News makes its All-Western New York team selections (reminder: The News' All-WNY teams are only in football and basketball), we will clearly stipulate that selection to our All-WNY teams is contingent on the athlete being able to attend the photo shoot. 

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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