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February 14, 2014

Delaware League at mercy of snow

By Dean Russin Sports Editor
The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Cooperstown athletic director Monica Wolfe said all of the Hawkeyes events scheduled for today were still on as of Thursday night.

The Cooperstown girls basketball team is scheduled to host Beaver River in a Section Three Class C Tournament opener at 6 p.m. The Hawkeyes also are set to visit Little Falls for a 7 p.m. Section Three Class C Tournament first-round boys basketball game today. Additionally, Cooperstown’s boys swimming team is supposed to compete in the Section Three Class C Championships at New Hartford at 5:30 p.m. today.

“Right now, everything’s still on,” Wolfe said, adding that the only contingency plan in place is for the swimming championships, which would move to Saturday.

Wolfe also said admission for the sectional basketball games will be $3 per person.

Saturday will be a busy day for local high school teams regardless.

Oneonta State will host a basketball quadruple-header starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, when Bainbridge-Guilford plays unbeaten Harpursville in the Midstate Athletic Conference girls championship game. Unatego and Unadilla Valley will follow at 4 p.m. in the MAC boys final.

The Tri-Valley League will take center stage at O-State’s Dewar Arena starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, when unbeaten Franklin meets Milford for the girls basketball title. Milford’s boys also will play an undefeated team for the T-V boys championship as the Wildcats face Edmeston at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Tri-Valley League will recognize its basketball All-Stars at halftime of each title game. The T-V also will honor its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees between the girls and boys crossovers. The Class of 2014 features Mack Culpepper (Franklin, Schenevus, Morris); Sue (Dubben) Hugick (Worcester); Jordan Jaquay (Cherry Valley-Springfield); and Eric Haight (Franklin).

Admission to the T-V title games are $5 for general admission and $3 for senior citizens. Children ages 10-and-younger will be admitted free.

Saturday’s high school sports schedule also includes the Section Four Girls Bowling State Qualifiers at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly (9 a.m.), the Section Four Indoor Track State Qualifiers at Cornell University (9 a.m.), the Section Three Wrestling Championships at Onondaga Community College (10 a.m.), the Section Three Diving State Qualifiers at Mexico (11 a.m.), and the opening day of the Section Four Wrestling Championships at Binghamton University (noon).

The Section Four Wrestling Championships resume with semifinals and wrestlebacks at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at BU. The championship round is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Dean Russin can be reached at drussin@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 215.