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February 15, 2014

Storm leads to Delaware League co-champs

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Jim Adair suddenly has a space issue at home.

“Right now, everything’s sitting in my living room,” Adair said of the hardware that’s usually distributed on the night of the Delaware League basketball championships. “I’ll probably be delivering everything to the athletic directors at the next Delaware League meeting.”

A winter storm erased the annual crossovers at SUNY Delhi from the 2013-14 Delaware League basketball schedule as co-champions were declared for the first time since 1996. Davenport earned a pair of league titles as a result, sharing the boys crown with Gilboa and the girls championship with South Kortright.

Echoing his statements from Thursday night, Delaware League Executive Secretary Treasurer Adair said Friday that the crossovers will not be made up.

“It’s a small window of opportunity, so we do our best to get them in,” said Adair, noting that SUNY Delhi and other venues were not available to host Saturday games and that the Section Four basketball tournaments start early next week. “This time, Mother Nature definitely won.”

Thursday’s storm took an evening break but came back with a vengeance overnight, dumping several inches of snow throughout the area. Davenport already had Friday scheduled as the start of its winter break, but the inclement weather forced all of the other Delaware League schools to close Friday as well, Adair said.

“There was definitely a foot-plus (of snow) this morning,” said Adair, who lives in Windham. “The storm definitely left two feet or more.”

Adair added that the crossovers would not be rescheduled for a later date.

“We’re not going to make them up,” he said. “Nobody wants to be sitting around until everyone’s done with sectionals.”

The Delaware League also declared basketball co-champions in 1996, when flooding wiped out the crossovers. Margaretville and South Kortright shared the boys title while Davenport and Stamford received joint custody of the girls crown.

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