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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.

It is possible that the 2014 Delaware League finalists could meet in the Section Four Class D Tournaments, though.

Davenport’s boys (17-1) earned the No. 2 seed while Gilboa (14-3) is in the opposite Class D bracket as the fourth seed. That means the two can only meet again this season if both advance to the March 1 sectional championship game at Oneonta State.

The Class D boys tournament also features top-seeded Edmeston (17-0) and No. 3 seed Milford (16-1), who will be attempting to create an all Tri-Valley League final in sectionals. Edmeston and Milford will play for the T-V championship at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta State.

The girls programs from Davenport (13-4) and South Kortright (17-0) are seeded sixth and second, respectively, for sectionals. To face each other again this season, they’ll both have to reach the semifinal round Feb. 26 at O-State.

Other top teams vying for a berth in the March 1 girls sectional championship at O-State are No. 1 seed Southern Cayuga (15-2) of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference and Tri-Valley League rivals Franklin (15-0), Schenevus (13-4) and Milford (13-4), who are seeded third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Franklin and Milford will play for the Tri-Valley League title at 6 p.m. Saturday at O-State.

Cooperstown postponed

The winter storm also forced three postseason events involving Cooperstown programs to be rescheduled from Friday to Saturday.

The Section Three Class C Boys Swimming Championships will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hartford, running concurrently with the Section Three Diving State Qualifiers at Mexico. Teams will have no days of rest in between the class championships and the Section Three Swimming State Qualifiers, which start at noon Sunday at Hamilton College.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, fifth-seeded Cooperstown’s girls (12-6) will host No. 12 Beaver River (7-9) in the first round of the Section Three Class C Tournament. The Carrier Dome in Syracuse will host the sectional final on Feb. 28.

Cooperstown’s boys also will play a sectional opener Saturday as the 13th-seeded Hawkeyes (9-8) will travel to fourth-seeded Little Falls (15-3) for an 8 p.m. game.

The Section Three Class C boys basketball championship is scheduled for March 1 at the Carrier Dome.