The New York State Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced on Tuesday the cancellation of its 2021 boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments at Fordham University due to the impact of COVID-19.
The announcement was anticipated because none of the four associations that compete in the Federation’s annual season-ending tournaments for Class AA, A and B teams are conducting winter championships in the 2020-21 school year. Those championships serve as Federation qualifiers.
Fordham was slated to begin a three-year run of hosting the Federation tournaments in March of 2020, but they were also called off due to COVID-19 issues.
“Due to the continuing public health emergency related to COVID-19, the Federation Executive Board unanimously voted to cancel this year’s Federation Basketball Championships,” said NYSFSSAA Executive Secretary Jim Foster. “It’s a disappointing announcement but the Board felt it was in the best interest of student-athlete safety and furthermore, it is an unknown if Fordham University will even be open for events utilizing the college facilities in March.”
Fordham is scheduled to host the tournaments in 2022 which would be the final year of its three-year bid. Fordham officials, however, have offered to host the tournaments in 2023. Fordham and NYSFSSAA officials are also discussing a possible run in 2024 which would provide Fordham a full three-year term.
The NYSFSSAA tournaments were previously held at the Glens Falls Civic Center [later Cool Insuring Arena] and Times Union Center in Albany. At the 2019 New York State Federation Tournament of Champions, Albany Academy won its third Class A boys’ title in three years and its fourth title overall as a representative of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association.
The tournaments also includes schools from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, the New York City Public Schools Athletic League and the Catholic High School Athletic Association.
In October, the NYSFSSAA announced the cancellation of its fall cross country championships that were to be held at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
In a Suburban Council boys’ bowling match Tuesday, Jason Bellamy rolled a 644 triple, and Derek Bellamy had a 639 to lead Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake over Guilderland 4-1. Both of the Bellamy brothers had a high single of 243, and the Spartans downed 3,451 pins. Lauren Buess had a 643 for Guilderland with a 244 single.
Delon Dean delivered a 712 triple in Albany’s 4-1 win over Troy, and turned in a 671 three-game set in a 5-0 loss to Shaker.
Columbia’s Thomas Stein and Eric Blostein rolled a 689 and 668, respectively, in the Blue Devils’ 5-0 win over Schenectady. Columbia piled up 3,713 pins.
Mick Winton’s 659 led Johnstown to a 4-0 Foothills Council win over Schuylerville.
The Columbia girls knocked down 3,110 pins over three games and swept Averill Park 5-0. Cierra Gabriel paced Columbia with 249-624 effort.
COLUMBIA 5, SCHENECTADY 0
C (3,713) – Stein 246-689, Blostein 255-668. S (2,778) – Arjune 221-569.
BALLSTON SPA 4, CBA 1
BS (2,972) – Antinore 206-512, Wade 169-502, Hodnett 179-501. C (2,929) – Scaccia 233-620, Anson 204-552, Scholz 171-500.
SHAKER 5, ALBANY 0
S (3,435) – Heinze 245-634, Blind 225-619, Cox 213-616. A (3,058) – Dean 248-671, McNeil 235-652, Paulsen 204-534.
ALBANY 4, TROY 1
A (3,287) – Dean 256-712. T (3,189) – Lanesey 236-617.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE 4,
B (3,451) – J. Bellamy 243-644, D. Bellamy 243-639, Zarub 216-605. G (3,279) – Buess 244-643, Retayczk 206-589.
JOHNSTOWN 4, SCHUYLERVILLE 0
J (3,047) – Winton 256-659, Hulbert 201-576. S (2,546) – Griffin 202-553, Woodcock 168-474.
COLUMBIA 5, AVERILL PARK 0
C (3,110) – Gabriel 249-624, Jackson 223-569, Motlet 189-545. AP (2,715) – Brown 174-482, Rudolph 182-479.
MAPLE HILL 27, MECHANICVILLE 5
MH (2,764) – Ackerman 213-573, Gardner 200-507. M (2,198) – Masterson 222-574.