The Suburban Council announced Monday that its fall sports programs will have a chance to become league champions through end-of-season tournaments.
“If you’re a senior, this is what you’ve been putting that hard work into for four years,” Niskayuna boys’ soccer head coach Terrance Sloan said. “This is the culmination of your high school career. If you’re a junior, sophomore or freshman, this is your goal, this is your quest.
The top eight boys’ and girls’ soccer programs will begin postseason play on Nov. 17 with quarterfinals. Semifinals are set for Nov. 19 and championship games will take place Nov. 21.
In field hockey, the top two teams will receive a bye, while the league’s other four teams will compete in Nov. 16 quarterfinals. Semifinals follow on Nov. 18 and a championship game takes place Nov. 20.
Start times and championship sites are still to be determined for soccer and field hockey.
Girls’ tennis will compete on Saturday in three locations. The top four teams will compete at Saratoga Springs High School in 10 a.m. semifinals, with the winners advancing to an afternoon team title match. Seeds Nos. 5-8 will compete at Central Park in Schenectady and the remaining four teams will play at a site to be determined.
Girls’ diving championships will be Nov. 20 at Shenendehowa, and the swimming championships will be split between Niskayuna and Shenendehowa on Nov. 21.
On familiar ground is the Nov. 21 boys’ cross country championships at Saratoga Spa State Park, while the girls’ cross country championships take place Nov. 22.
“It surprised most of us that we were able to go forward with the low and moderate risk sports,” Guilderland athletic director Dave Austin said. “Once we were able to get the ball rolling with that, it was, ‘Let’s do this right, let’s do what we can for our kids and give them some sort of closure and culminating event.’”
The boys’ and girls’ golf championships concluded Saturday at Van Patten Golf Course. Shenendehowa captured the girls’ title, while the boys’ title belonged to Saratoga Springs.
There are no Section II or state playoffs this fall because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re thankful to be here and we do have something to play for,” Sloan said of the upcoming league tournaments. “It’s not quite a sectional title, but it’s good enough and we’ll take it.”