It will be at least a month before most teams from throughout the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region have a good idea how their schedules for the 2011 season will look.
Right now, teams are working on scheduling out-of-region games. We are keeping an eye on some rivalry games that may be in danger.
Since the league alignments are now set throughout the region, expect the league schedules to be finalized first.
Suffolk has released its schedule for league games. You can access them on the pull-down menu at sectionxi.org.
Yorktown’s non-section schedule is still tentative, but close to being complete. It features these games: Chaminade, St Anthony’s and Smithtown West at home and Ridgefield, Wilton, Darien and Shenendahowa on the road.
But that’s not the headline here.
You may notice one team conspicuous by its absence: Ward Melville.
Yorktown and Ward Melville have met for more than 30 straight seasons. It’s become one of the nation’s most tradition-rich rivalries.
But because of budget cutbacks the last few years, the game has been in jeopardy (Ward Melville’s parents have privately financed the bus ride to Yorktown the last two meetings at Murphy Field), and that was reason Ward Melville cited for not scheduling the game this season. The two teams have combined for 13 state titles.
To fill the missing spot in the schedule, Yorktown scheduled a two-year home-and-home series with a very talented and deep Smithtown West team led by Duke-bound senior attackman Kyle Keenan, Cornell-bound senior defenseman Jordan Stevens, Army-bound seniors Brendan Madarasz (defenseman) and Mike Perrettine (midfield) and Virginia-bound attackman James Pannell, who is one of the nation’s top-ranked juniors.