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Decision on winter state championships coming Monday

Decision on winter state championships coming Monday

Events currently postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus outbreak
Decision on winter state championships coming Monday
Shenendehowa's Andrew Martin drives to the basket during the Section II Class AA boys' basketball championship game.
Photographer: Erica Miller

A decision on the remaining winter high school state championship events will be coming Monday, the New York Public High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday.

In a post on the association’s Twitter page, NYSPHSAA announced that its officers, along with executive director Robert Zayas, “has asked each Section to gather input on the future of the winter championships. Membership feedback will be provided on Sunday evening; decision to be released on Monday, March 23.”

Friday, NYSPHSAA made the decision to “indefinitely postpone” the state’s remaining winter state and regional championship events — for basketball, bowling and ice hockey — in an attempt to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, Zayas said in a phone interview that he was still waiting to see if the situation would improve before making a decision on the winter championships in consultation with NYSPHSAA membership.

“I made that decision [to postpone] with the officers of the association, at this point in time we as a membership are just waiting to see if anything might improve,” Zayas said Monday.

The Section II boys’ basketball champions — Shenendehowa, Mekeel Christian Academy, Schalmont, Lake George and North Warren — and girls’ basketball champions — Shenendehowa, Averill Park, Mechanicville, Cambridge and Fort Edward — were all still alive in regional competition when the tournaments were postponed. 

Competition for spring sports in Section II is currently on hiatus until April 19.

Reach Adam Shinder at [email protected] or @Adam_Shinder on Twitter.

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