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State news: Pittsford exits Battle of Fans

By James Schiltz
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The finalists for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s first Battle of the Fans competition has been reduced to three after Pittsford Sutherland’s voluntary withdrawl.
Pittsford Sutherland (Rochester area) students used a
racially derogatory chant during a basketball game with Brighton late last month, and the event made the rounds on YouTube.
The Battle of the Fans competiton promotes good sportsmanship, among other things.
“Regretfully, one of our student sections made a bad choice in the selection of a cheer this past Friday,” Mike Pero, Pittsford’s superintendent, said in a release. “While we have addressed the issue as a school district, we still feel it is in the best interest of everyone for us to pull out of the contest. We look forward to possibly entering in the
Norwich, Pleasantville and Skaneateles are the remaining Battle of the Fans finalists.
A Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake student section came under fire for using a racially derogatory chant during a football game against Amsterdam in October.

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