Glenn D. Loucks Stadium, which has been a big hit as host site of the Section 1 championship tripleheader the last two years, will be the venue for the downstate New York semifinals this year, matching the Long Island champ versus the Section 1/2/9 representative.
Once today’s games are done, plenty of players, fans and coaches will be looking forward to wait lies ahead — the sectional or conference (depending on whether we’re talking about NY or CT) and state playoffs.
As far as New York State goes, the so-called downstate state semifinal featuring either the Section 1, 2 or 9 champ vs. either the Section 8 or 11 (or Long Island) champ. Traditionally, those games have been held at Hofstra University in Hempstead.
Not this year.
White Plains High School’s Glenn D. Loucks Stadium will be the venue.
And that’s not the only change.
The state semis, traditionally played on a Thursday, will now be held as a Wednesday tripleheader. In this case, that Wednesday is June 8. This will allow the winning teams more time to prepare and then travel to the state finals, set for Saturday, June 11 at Cicero North Syracuse High School in Syracuse.
For the brackets for the NY state tourney, click here.
While White Plains has been the site of the Section 1 finals the last two years, that will not be the case this season.
The sectional finals, set for Thursday, May 26, will be held this year at Suffern Middle School, which hosted the finals in 2007. The order of the games will be Class A at 3 p.m., Class B at 5:30 p.m. and Class C at 8 p.m.
That will be the same order for the subsequent state tournament rounds, including the intersectional games at Middletown High School between the Section 1 and Section 9 winners on Wednesday, June 1, and the state quarterfinals on Saturday, June 4 at a site in the Albany area between the Section 1/9 winners and the Section 2 class champs.
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