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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Field Hockey playoffs on, off, oops..

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Field Hockey playoffs on, off, oops..

Classification numbers cause confusion
There were some surprised coaches Saturday night when the Section II field hockey seedings were released when Burnt Hills, South Glens Falls and Gloversville were each informed that they would be moved up into the Class A tournament for the first time ever.


“It went right by me,” Section II chairperson MaryAnn Bump said. “I looked at the (enrollment) numbers, three days ago and sent out an e-mail to the league reps, ‘This is what we are dealing with.’”

The decision was based on NYSPHSAA classification for sports with three or four classes competing. Schools with an enrollment of 800 pupils or more based on each school’s BED numbers compete in Class A in for the post season.

“It just came to our attention,” Section II chairperson MaryAnn Bump said. “We lived through that last year and it has been 800 for the second year.”

While Bump hurried to correct last year’s error of allowing the three schools to play in a lower class throughout the weekend, The Saratogian informed her late Sunday night that the decision to move the three schools up may have been incorrect.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association website has “classification variations” listed on the second viewable page. On that page it lists field hockey’s breakdown beginning with Class A schools at 915 and up, Class B schools are listed as 450-914 pupils.

According to this, Burnt Hills, South Glens Falls and Gloversville were in the correct class last year and should not be competing at the higher class this year.

This creates a dilemma for several teams in the both Class A and B competition as play-in contests are scheduled for today, including the newly moved-up South Glens Falls and Gloversville teams. The contests also involve Columbia, Guilderland, Bethlehem and Shaker.


“I’ll have to look into this,” Bump said via telephone Sunday night.

A short time later, a decision was reached to re-seed the Class A and B playoffs, cancelling today’s contests with play resuming on Tuesday.

“The C’s are fine,” Bump said. We’ll re-seed and I believe there will be some play-in games in the Class Bs on Tuesday.”

Here are the Class C and CC sectional pairs
Class C
Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 1 Warrensburg, first round bye.
No. 2 Johnsburg, first round bye.
No. 5 North Warren at No. 4 Salem, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Haldey-Luzerne at No. 3 Germantown, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Salem/North Warren winner at No. 1 Warrensburg, 2:30 p.m.
Hadley-Luzerne/Germantown winner at No. 2 Johnsburg, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Class C finals at Skidmore College, TBA

Class CC
Tuesday, Oct. 23
No. 1 Greenwich, first round bye
No. 2 Granville, first round bye
No. 5 Lake George at No. 4 Hoosick Falls, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Schuylerville at No. 3 Corinth, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Hoosick Falls/Lake George at Greenwich, 2:30 p.m.
Corinth/Schuylerville winner at Granville, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Finals at Skidmore College, TBA
Sunday, Nov. 4
Class C/CC Championships at Skidmore College, 11 a.m.

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