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February 9, 2013

Snowstorm wipes out H.S. games

The Daily Star


Two Midstate Athletic Conference boys basketball semifinals and a key Tri-Valley boys game were among the high school events postponed by a winter storm that hit the area Friday.

In all, 11 basketball games were postponed _ seven on the boys side.

Sidney and Unatego _ the top two seeds in the MAC boys tournament _ were to host games Friday. Top-seeded Sidney will now host fourth-seeded Oxford at 7 p.m. Saturday. Second-seeded Unatego moved its game against No. 3 Greene to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The winners will meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Oneonta State in the MAC final. That game will be preceded by the girls title game at 2 p.m. pitting top-seeded Unadilla Valley against No. 2 Unatego.

Also, Milford’s key Tri-Valley League boys game at Richfield Springs has been moved to Wednesday and could set up a four-game week for the Wildcats.

Milford will travel to Worcester on Monday. If it wins that game and wins at Richfield Springs on Wednesday, the Wildcats will win the East Division title. If Richfield Springs wins Wednesday, it will set up a tiebreaker Thursday, likely at Laurens.

The East Division champion will play West Division winner Morris in the Tri-Valley League crossover final Feb. 16 at O-State. The T-V girls final also will be played Feb. 16 at O-State, with East Division winner Schenevus opposing West Division winner Franklin.

The Delaware League championship games will be played this coming Friday at SUNY Delhi.

The girls final is set as Upper Division champion Davenport will play Mountain Division winner South Kortright. There’s a chance Davenport coach Ray Preston could become New York state’s winningest girls basketball coach that night.

Preston is two victories shy of tying retired Red Hook coach John Kuhn for the state record at 619. The Wildcats host Hunter-Tannersville on Saturday and then travel to Downsville on Monday to complete their Delaware League schedule. If Davenport wins both of those games, Friday’s matchup versus unbeaten SK will be Preston’s first chance at the record.

South Kortright’s boys will play in the DL boys final against Margaretville or Stamford. Margaretville will host Stamford at 3 p.m. Saturday and the winner will earn the Upper Division title. The Blue Devils beat the Indians, 48-42, earlier in the season.

Oneonta High’s girls had their Southern Tier Athletic Conference game at Chenango Forks moved to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Yellowjackets can finish off a perfect STAC regular season with a victory.

On Wednesday, East Division champion OHS will host Maine-Endwell or Binghamton in a STAC semifinal. M-E and Binghamton are vying for the Metro Division title.

The winner Wednesday will play West Division champion Horseheads or Central Division winner Owego at noon Feb. 17 at Binghamton University’s Events Center in the STAC final. OHS is looking for its first STAC title since 2009. The Yellowjackets have lost the last two STAC finals to Binghamton.

Three Delaware League boys games were moved to Monday: Roxbury at Gilboa; Windham at Hunter-Tannersville and Jefferson at South Kortright.

Worcester’s Tri-Valley League boys game at Cherry Valley-Springfield will be played at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Three other girls games were moved. Center State Conference Division III champion Cooperstown will travel to Sauquoit Valley on Monday; Worcester will host CV-S on Tuesday; and Richfield Springs will visit Milford on Wednesday.