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February 14, 2014

Delaware League at mercy of snow

There’s an outside chance the Delaware League will end up with basketball co-champions tonight.

It all depends on what actually happens outside today, Delaware League Executive Secretary Treasurer Jim Adair said Thursday.

“Right now, it’s kind of a one-shot deal,” Adair said of today’s championship doubleheader, which is scheduled to start with South Kortright’s undefeated girls against Davenport at 5:30 p.m. at SUNY Delhi. The boys final between Davenport and Gilboa is slated to follow at 7:30 p.m. “Right now, it’s (today) or nothing.”

A winter storm that swept through the area Thursday was expected to continue into Friday morning and leave behind a total of 10-14 inches of snow. The storm wiped out the only local sports event scheduled for Thursday as the Midstate Athletic Conference’s 9-12 Tournament girls basketball consolation game between Walton and Oxford was canceled. Walton athletic director Andy Gates said via email Thursday that the consolation game will not be made up.

On Thursday evening, the Oneonta City School District sent an email titled “Snow Day tomorrow” that went on to say that all Oneonta schools would be closed today “due to the anticipated inclement weather.”

Davenport was already off today because its winter break runs from today through next Friday.

Adair said Thursday night that he hasn’t heard of any Delaware League schools planning to close today because of the poor weather. But if Gilboa or South Kortright do close today, he said, both basketball championships will be off.

“We don’t want to put anybody on the road if there’s a chance of danger,” said Adair, who added that he spent a good portion of Thursday shoveling snow. “Right now, it’s (today) or nothing.”

Should the games run as scheduled, admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. Senior citizens (ages 65-and-older) and youths ages 10-and-younger will be admitted for free.

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