Well, the much-rumored realignment for next season passed yesterday, 59-16. That means it’ll be a very strange looking Section 1 beginning this fall.
My diligent colleague Harold Gutmann had a story on all the proposed changes, which are slated to be discussed this week at an executive meeting in Binghamton. It came to be because of cost-cutting measures taking by the section and the NYSPHSAA. Section 1’s two reps at the meeting are executive director Jennifer Simmons and Bronxville AD Karen Peterson.
There are several proposals that would impact competition next school year, so I suggest you check out the story.
I have listed the new conferences below. All the new leagues will be determined from the conferences below on a sport-by-sport basis. Power leagues for sports like hockey and lacrosse are a thing of the past. (The only sport untouched was football.) Simmons said the change will cut transportation costs for the schools and improve the athlete’s quality of life.
Other proposals include: limiting sports with five classes to four and forbidding travel to non-bordering states. So, yes, you would only have four Section 1 and state champions instead of five, and, yes, teams like Ossining and Carmel would no longer be allowed to play at Disney World in the winter.
As far as the new leagues, here, just so you understand what this would mean, is one rumored league I’ve heard floated about for quite some time: Irvington, Dobbs, Sleepy, Solomon Schechter, Hamilton, Woodlands and Hastings. That’s an example of what is to follow.
John Jay-East Fishkill, R.C. Ketcham, Arlington, Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Yorktown, Lakeland, Panas, Carmel, Mahopac, Lincoln Hall, Kennedy, North Salem, Dover, Pawling, Brewster, Peekskill, Ossining, Hen Hud, Haldane, Croton-Harmon, Putnam Valley, Our Lady of Lourdes
Yonkers, Gorton, Lincoln, Saunders, Roosevelt, White Plains, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Ursuline, Irvington, Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley, Woodlands, Sleepy Hollow, Solomon Schechter, Pelham, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Edgemont, Leake & Watts, Palisades, Riverside, Greenburgh, MLK, Children’s Village, Clark Academy
Greeley, Fox Lane, John Jay, Somers, Byram Hills, Port CHester, Blind Brook, Rye, Harrison, Keio, Rye Neck, Briarcliff, Valhalla, Westlake, Pleasantville, Hamilton, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls
Albertus, Clarkstown North, Clarkstown South, Nanuet, Nyack, North Rockland, Pearl River, Ramapo, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tappan Zee