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CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS CAUSE POSTPONEMENT OF REMAINING NEW YORK STATE WINTER POSTSEASON (2020-03-12)

Valley Sports Report
ALBANY — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association have postponed all remaining winter sports state championship events indefinitely over coronavirus concerns, according to a press release posted on its Web site Thursday afternoon.

The sports impacted are girls basketball, boys basketball, bowling and boys hockey.

“It was my goal to complete the winter championships on schedule," said Robert Zayas, executive director of the NYSPHSAA, in the press release. “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.”

The bowling state championships were scheduled for this weekend in Syracuse and the boys hockey state final fours were scheduled for this weekend in Buffalo.

Boys and girls basketball tournaments are still in regional play. The girls state final four was scheduled for March 20-22 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The boys final fours were scheduled for March 20-22 in Glens Falls.

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