Suburban Council making postseason plans

Niskayuna junior Matt Stiles (7) battles Troy's Hamza Ahmadzai (9) during the 2020 Suburban Council league opener for soccer at Niskayuna High School. Oct. 3, 2020. (Stan Hudy/Staff Writer)

Niskayuna junior Matt Stiles (7) battles Troy's Hamza Ahmadzai (9) during the 2020 Suburban Council league opener for soccer at Niskayuna High School. Oct. 3, 2020. (Stan Hudy/Staff Writer)

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Suburban Council athletes will still have a chance to be called a champion this fall, as the league is making plans to offer postseason events for most sports.

“Right now, we are still planning on doing something — a culminating event, that’s what we’re calling it,” said Columbia High School athletic director Mike Leonard, who is the Suburban Council’s president. “It’s going to look different, just like a little tournament at the end. We’ll pair up teams based on record.”

The current framework for this year’s one-time event will see some of the league’s sponsored sports contest postseason events in late October, while other sports’ season-ending events will take place in November.

“As we work toward the next four weeks, we’ll have it all framed out,” Leonard said.

Earlier this year, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the elimination of its regional and state championships for this fall, while Section II eliminated its fall postseason championships.

Leonard said the Suburban Council athletic directors were unanimous in support of offering an end-of-season event.

“The big piece with the entire fall season was to provide our athletes with an opportunity to compete,” Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake athletic director Joe Scalise said. “I think by adding a few more competitions at the end of the season, it gives them a few more opportunities to compete with members of the Suburban Council.”

Scalise looks forward to a chance to see his own student-athletes compete for a differently named title during this year that has seen the coronavirus pandemic affect, and change, so many things.

“With no [Section II or state] postseason this year, I think we’re looking at the opportunity to do some great things during the regular season, perform well and in that culminating event,” Scalise said. “It’s a motivator for us to perform our best to try and be one of the top teams in the Suburban Council.”

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