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Section 9 postpones fall 2020 high school sports until March 2021

Section 9 postpones fall 2020 high school sports until March 2021

Section 9 voted today to delay the start of fall sports until March 1, 2021. This came off the heels of the New York State Public School Athletic Administration’s (NYSPSAA) decision to postpone all “high risk” fall sports, including football, cheerleading and volleyball until March 1. Section 9 took matters a step further and pushed all fall sports, even “low risk” athletics like soccer, girls’ field hockey, swimming and tennis to March 1.

Fate of high school sports to be decided this week

Fate of high school sports to be decided this week

This Thursday, September 10, the fate of high-school fall sports will be decided by the Section IX Athletic Council, which is slated to meet via Zoom. Although governor Andrew Cuomo gave the green light for fall varsity sports to begin practice on September 21 – with “low-risk” sports like cross-country running, soccer and girls’ swimming able to compete within their region and “high-risk” sports like football, cheerleading and volleyball limited solely to practice with no scrimmages or games – the state provided very little guidance, leaving each district and section to make its own determinations.

Discussions continue on the return of high-school sports in New York State

Discussions continue on the return of high-school sports in New York State

In July, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association pushed the start of its fall sports season back from August 24 to September 21 in response to the continuing pandemic. While New York governor Andrew Cuomo last week announced that school districts can reopen for in-person classes next month, nothing further has been decided about the start of fall sports. 

Play ball in Saugerties

Play ball in Saugerties

Saugerties recreation and parks director Greg Chorvas said that the American Legion and Dutchmen baseball will play short seasons starting this month. As the teams return to play, the insurance carriers have forwarded a series of guidelines and policies that must be followed.

State considers changes to high school sports

State considers changes to high school sports

Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, numerous options that might be considered impractical or even bizarre under normal circumstances are at least under discussion, including postponing fall sports until spring. Flipping fall and spring sports is also a possibility, given there are fewer sports in the moderate- and higher-risk category played in the latter than the former.

Saugerties girls’ basketball team loses to Roosevelt in opening round of sectionals

Saugerties girls’ basketball team loses to Roosevelt in opening round of sectionals

The Saugerties High School girls varsity basketball team’s season came to an end on Monday night with a 60-48 loss at FDR in the opening round of the Section IX, Class A playoffs. The #7 seeded Sawyers battled to the end against last year’s sectional champ, weathering an early deficit to take the lead in the second half. Head coach Heather Fanelli felt that Saugerties played one of their best games of the season.

Saugerties High School girls’ basketball team prepares for playoffs

Saugerties High School girls’ basketball team prepares for playoffs

The Saugerties High School varsity girls basketball team finished their regular season last week at 13-5, closing out the final week with three crucial wins over tough opponents. With two weeks between their last regular season game and the beginning of the playoffs, the Sawyers are maintaining their momentum with practices, scrimmages, and crossover competition.