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Winter high school state, regional championships 'postponed indefinitely'

Winter high school state, regional championships 'postponed indefinitely'

Move made amidst concern over COVID-19
Winter high school state, regional championships 'postponed indefinitely'
The Shenendehowa boys' basketball team will play its regional final Saturday at HVCC with no spectators in attendance.
Photographer: Erica Miller

LATHAM — As concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spread, the state high school winter regional and state championships have been postponed indefinitely, NYSPHSAA announced via a press release Thursday.

The impacted events include the NYSPHSAA ice hockey, bowling, boys’ and girls’ basketball regional and state championships.

“It is certainly understood that postponing the remaining winter state championships is disappointing, however the opportunity to participate in a NYSPHSAA championship event does not outweigh our responsibility and obligation to ensure students participate in a healthy and safe environment,” the release said.

In the release, NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said “It was my goal to complete the winter championships on schedule.  It has become increasingly more difficult to host these championship events with the number of challenges that have been presented. I also have concerns as the Executive Director of NYSPHSAA and a parent, that students will be participating in an event under circumstances that are not conducive to a quality and beneficial participation experience.”

In the release, NYSPHSAA said it would provide more updates as the situation developed.

This story will be updated.

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