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Controversy hits City Honors softball program

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A City Honors fight over volunteer softball coaches brought angry players and parents to the school board meeting Wednesday night.

It was apparently enough of a show that Superintendent Kriner Cash told aides to find out what happened. Principal William Kresse was blamed by the speakers and he wasn't in the room for the meeting.

State Senator Marc Panepinto says his daughter was on the team and called him in Albany when the firings occurred.

"There's always a problem when it comes to Bill Kresse and Deb Matos," Panepinto said.

She is the most successful woman's coach in the City of Buffalo, volleyball, softball. She wins. She wins and she trains young women to be leaders."

Panepinto says he told the school superintendent something like this would happen, weeks before Samantha Caico  and Emily Zuchlewski West were told by Kresse they couldn't return as volunteers, without explanation.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.