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NYSPHSAA announces cancellation of spring championships

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(WBNG) -- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has cancelled the 2020 spring sports state championship events. The championships were originally scheduled to take place June 4-13.

A statement from NYSPHSAA president Paul Harrica reads:

"Canceling the remaining winter state championships in late March was challenging and the cancelation of our spring state championships today is equally disappointing."

NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said this was a difficult but realistic decision.

"It really came down to a matter of time constraints and venue availability when we look at the amount of time it would take to host regionals, sectionals, and a state championship. We don't think it's feasible any longer to consider that to be an option for this spring."

Dr. Zayas said the association has been in contact with the 11 section executive directors across the state, as they came together to review statewide feedback regarding spring sports.

While the championships may be cancelled, the regular season remains on hold for nine of the 11 sections. In the meantime, athletes and coaches in our area are staying ready if they get the green light, including the Vestal boys lacrosse team. The Golden Bears hold meetings over Zoom to stay prepared and in contact.

"We watch game film, and break down certain things we have our meetings and kind of just talk lacrosse," said coach Chris Dutkowsky.

If spring sports do pick up for a shortened regular season, it is likely restrictions will be in place to comply with social distancing policies.

Ultimately, individual sections will make the decision regarding the regular season, which is heavily dependent on school resuming this academic year.

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