Harrisville Boys Win Opener; Section 10 Hoop, Hockey Outlined
BY DAVE SHEA
Harrisville downed Beaver River 70-46 in its Lewis County Boys Basketball opener on Friday while preparations for Section 10 Basketball and Hockey for both boys and girls completed a very important week.
Boards of educations in many schools approved their school's plans to safely stage basketball and hockey seasons and zoom meetings involving school superintendents and athletic directors with Section 10 Athletic Coordinator Carl Normandin produced an outline of how the sports with staged. The BOEs of Canton and Massena approved their schools plans on Wednesday and OFA's plan received the approval of the St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health on Thursday and Blue Devil teams started its practices on Saturday.
The plans for basketball and hockey play must be approved by the school's county board of health before formal interscholastic practices can be held.
Normandin reported that safety would be the top priority as the schools meet the enormous challenges of staging indoor contests under the strict auspices of the state and county boards of health. The COVID-19 guidelines provided by the state for all sports are designed to maintain strict sanitation practices, social distancing and limit physical contact between athletes, coaches, referees and spectators.
PIRATES DOWN BEAVER RIVER
Harrisville Boys Basketball Coach Brian Coloney was pleased with the victory over Beaver River which followed some encouraging practices based on the fact the Pirates were unable to stage the summer program which has been vital to the school's legacy in boys basketball which includes a New York State Class D Championship in 2019.
Nate Schmitt answered the call to emerge as the team leader scoring 19 of his game-high 24 points in the first half where the Pirates opened a 34-15 lead with a 20-6 second quarter run.
"He played great defensively and ran the show offensively," said Coach Coloney of Schmitt.
Ben Taylor buried four three-pointers scoring 12 points and Tucker Kelly tallied nine points with seven in the second quarter pull-away. Rounding out the scoring were: Nolan Sullivan 8, Will Taylor (3), Tanner Sullivan (2), Zach Palmer (5), Degan Carr (23), Aidan Benzel (2), Chuck Fuller (2).
Lincoln Belcher led Beaver River with 10 points and Lucas Roes scored six on a two three-pointers.
Harrisville returns to action against Class C power Lowville next week.
South Lewis Wins: Ian Anderson tallied 22 points leading South Lewis to a 58-49 victory over Copenhagen. Parker Kristoff delivered 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Falcons in their season opening win. Lucas Graves and Cody Powis combined for 19 and 14 points for the Golden Knights (0-1).
SECTION 10 TO PLAY IN COHORTS
Section 10 Athletic Coordinator Carl Normandin has outlined the ground work for Section 10 Basketball and Hockey which was constructed this week in on-line meetings which school officials.
But like everything else in the social structure of the nation dictated by COVID 19 he stressed that anything and everything could change day by day.
As of right now it appears no spectators will be allowed and following a state guideline teams can not travel outside of their county to play games. Schools are making arrangements to live stream basketball and hockey games and games from hockey arena will be streamed on.
In basketball the Northern Conference Central, East and West Divisions format will not be held this season as six schools are in Franklin County and Harrisville is in Lewis County. The Franklin County schools will play each other and Harrisville is playing the other four teams of Lewis County who are members of the Frontier League.
Section 10 Boys and Girls Hockey traditionally feature two NAC Divisions which will not be possible because of travel limitations. Boys Hockey also includes the Islanders of Jefferson County and Section 10 Girls Hockey spans four counties with the inclusion the Islanders of Jefferson County and Saranac Lake-Lake Placid from the Essex County.
Games in basketball and hockey are presently scheduled to begin on March 1 and schools will be grouped in "cohorts" by proximity and play each other home and home. Teams will match up with the same opponent in the same week. The cohorts will be formed when the individual schools make the final decisions on whether to compete or decline to compete.
It is expected that most schools in St. Lawrence County will take part.
Following state guidelines schools which are forced to go to total remote learning because COVID issues can not compete in athletics until they restore in school learning.
With starting date for basketball and hockey games set at March 1, the opening of practice for the Fall II sports of football, girls volleyball, competitive cheerleading and girls swimming and tentatively wrestling has been set for March 22.
The start of Spring Sports has been set for April 25. No state tournaments will be held in any sport in the current school year.