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State Championships Cease Until Futher Notice

Updated: Mar 13

LETHAM - The NYSPHSAA winter regional and state championships will be immediately postponed until further notice. 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 impacted events include the NYSPHSAA Ice Hockey, Bowling, Boys and Girls Basketball Regional and State Championships.

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 unexpected 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.”

As information becomes available NYSPHSAA will provide updates.


The Madrid-Waddington and Chateaugay Boys Basketball teams, the Hammond Girls Basketball team and the Massena hockey team were among the teams across New York State which had qualified for the regional finals and final fours and were deeply disappointed by the news.

M-W Coach Aaron Jones related that his team had started practice when the word came down from the NYSPHAA.

"Bryan (M-W Athletic Director Bryan Harmer) came in the gym and told us that things were postponed until further notice. We are terribly disappointed and we are hopeful that the championships could somehow be completed at a later date," said Jones.

"The guys worked so hard and and played so well to advance. We were all so excited to be playing Lake George."

The Yellowjackets advanced to the regional finals with a 68-52 win over Moriah on Wednesday at SUNY Potsdam. and the cheers of the M-W team and Yellow Jacket faithful were heard around the state. The Vikings of Section 7 were the number one ranked Class C team. M-W came into the game ranked 14th and turned in a team performance of the highest order.

The Hammond Girls completed their practice before the announcement because school was dismissed early so anyone who wished to attend the funeral for Tom "Coach" Chapman could do so. The Lady Red Devils were ranked fourth in this week's Class D Poll and the

I’m absolutely sick about this for these girls. I feel it has ripped a title out of their hands," said Hammond Girls Basketball Coach Shawn Dack.

The Chateaugay Boys shared the number one ranking with DeRutyer and the two teams were scheduled to play on Saturday,


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