ONEONTA _ The threat of poor weather Tuesday postponed four high school sectional boys basketball games involving area teams.
With the National Weather Service calling for 8-12 inches of snow Tuesday in Otsego, Chenango and Cortland counties, the Section Four Class C and Class D semifinals were called off, along with the Section Three Class D-1 championship game.
As a result, Center State Conference Division IV champion Richfield Springs will play Hamilton at 7 p.m. today at Utica-Proctor for the Section Three Class D-1 crown. Should the snowstorm postpone tonight's game, Richfield Springs will play Hamilton at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Indians (20-2) are the top seed for the D-1 tournament. Hamilton (13-9) advanced to the D-1 final from the sixth seed.
The Section Four Class C semifinal between Midstate Athletic Conference champion Walton (17-4) and Interscholastic Athletic Conference affiliate Union Springs (17-3) also moved from Tuesday to tonight.
The Section Four Athletic Association said Tuesday morning that the two will play at 6 p.m. today at Dryden High. Walton is seeded fourth and the Wolves are No. 1.
Third-seeded Oxford (18-3), which fell to Walton in the MAC final, and No. 7 Candor (15-7) will follow in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Candor fell to eventual Class C state champion Sidney in last season's Section Four Class C championship game.
As of Tuesday, there is no contingency plan in place should today's Section Four Class C semifinals get snowed out.
Both Section Four Class D semifinals, which will be played at Hartwick College, were moved from Tuesday to Thursday. Delaware League champion Roxbury (19-2) will play Tri-Valley League winner Laurens (19-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by an all-Delaware League semifinal at 7:30 p.m. between Hunter-Tannersville (19-2) and South Kortright (18-3).
H-T is the top seed, followed by No. 2 Laurens, No. 3 Roxbury and No. 5 SK.
Should poor weather postpone tonight's regularly scheduled Section Four Class D girls semifinals at Hartwick, those games would move to Friday night, Laurens athletic director Pat Grasso said Tuesday. No. 3 Cherry Valley-Springfield (18-2) will play No. 2 South Kortright (19-2) at 6 p.m. today, followed by No. 4 Downsville (18-3) and top-seeded Davenport (19-2) at 7:30 p.m.
CV-S is the Tri-Valley League champion. SK beat Davenport for the Delaware League title this season.
In the event that tonight's Section Four Class C girls semifinal between second-seeded Bainbridge-Guilford (18-2) and No. 3 Tioga (14-6) is postponed, that game will move to Thursday, the Section Four Athletic Association said. MAC affiliate B-G is scheduled to start a doubleheader at Whitney Point against Tioga of the IAC at 6 tonight. No. 4 Candor (14-6) and top-seeded Newfield (18-2) will follow at 7:30 p.m. in an all-IAC semifinal.
The Section Four Class C and D championships are slated for Saturday at the Broome County Arena, which will host two Class A sectional championships _ both featuring Oneonta High _ beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Also Saturday, third-seeded Richfield Springs (17-5) will play top-seeded Sackets Harbor (21-1) for the Section Three Class D girls title at 2 p.m. at Onondaga Community College.
Cooperstown's girls also are looking to advance to a title game at Onondaga CC on Saturday, but the Redskins will first have to beat Little Falls in the Section Three Class C-1 championship game at 8 p.m. today at Rome Free Academy. Little Falls is the top seed and Cooperstown is No. 2. Both teams will enter the C-1 final with 22-0 records.
An RFA representative said Tuesday that the Section Three C-1 championship game is still scheduled for tonight, and that no poor-weather contingency plan will be made until today, if needed.
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