Four state public high-school playoff games were scrapped Tuesday in Ulster and Orange Counties over coronavirus concerns.
Section IX of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced on Twitter that “all regional basketball games for this evening have been cancelled at the request of the host sites,” SUNY New Paltz and Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y.
Dates and locations of rescheduled games were still to be announced, according to the announcement.
Boys teams from Horace Greeley (Chappaqua) and Newburgh were scheduled to play Tuesday at New Paltz, with a girls game between Monroe-Woodbury and Ursuline slated to follow. Horace Greeley had withdrawn as a host site on Monday due to coronavirus concerns, according to lohud.com. The Haldane-Millbrook girls game and the Hamilton-Pine Plains boys matchup also were canceled at Mount Saint Mary.
The HS playoffs became the latest sporting events postponed in recent days. As of Tuesday afternoon, New York’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose to 174, with more than 100 of those in nearby Westchester County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, playoff games in Binghamton still were expected to be played as scheduled, according to lohud.com.
On Long Island, two high-school boys basketball games also will be rescheduled and moved from Farmingdale State after the school announced Monday: “Out of an abundance of caution, please be advised that the College is canceling or postponing all external and our own internal non-athletic events with anticipated attendance of 50 or more people through March 31, 2020.”
The games, involving teams from Amityville, Baldwin, Brentwood and Elmont, had yet to be rescheduled, Newsday reported.