The impending nor’easter for the upcoming weekend had high school officials scrambling to reschedule events for this weekend. The storm is expected to start late Friday night and end early Saturday afternoon with wind gusts up to 48 mph and an inch or more of rainfall.
Most of Saturday’s high school football schedule was moved to Friday night and Sunday morning/early afternoon. There are still two football games scheduled for Saturday as Lindenhurst will play at Bellport at 2 p.m. and Floyd will play at Connetquot at 1 p.m.
“We gave individual districts the opportunity to reschedule games because of the storm and the potential for dangerous winds and heavy rain,” Tom Combs, the executive director for Section XI, which governs Suffolk’s high school athletics said. “It’s always safety first and most of the superintendents expressed a desire to move the contests.”
Pat Pizzarelli, the executive director for Section VIII, Nassau’s governing body, was also working with administrators to shuffle schedules and make sure there were enough officials available for the events.
Pizzarelli, citing safety concerns, made it mandatory that there were to be no outside events played on Saturday in the county.
All three CHSFL games were moved off the Saturday schedule. The Kellenberg vs. Fordham Prep game scheduled at Mitchel Athletic Complex was moved from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Friday.
Some playoff games were moved to Sunday and Monday.
The Suffolk girls soccer Class B final, pitting top-seeded Babylon against Mattituck, was moved to 3 p.m. Monday at Center Moriches.
The Nassau girls and boys individual cross country championships were moved from Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday at Bethpage State Park.
The Nassau boys soccer Class B final, Carle Place vs. Cold Spring Harbor will be played at 5 p.m. Sunday at Farmingdale State.
The Suffolk boys soccer Class B and Class C finals were moved to Sunday. Southold and Greenport will play for the Class C crown at 3 p.m. at Diamond in the Pines in Coram and Hampton Bays will meet Center Moriches for the Class B title at 6 p.m. at Diamond in the Pines.
The Nassau girls soccer Class AA semifinals were moved to Sunday. Syosset will meet Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK at Cold Spring Harbor at 11 a.m. followed by Baldwin and East Meadow at 1 p.m.