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Snow on Long Island postpones Friday’s high school events

Heavy snow falls along the LIE at

Heavy snow falls along the LIE at exit 58 in Islandia on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Credit: James Carbone

All high school events scheduled for Friday were postponed by the heavy snow that blanketed Long Island in the morning.

Don Webster, the executive director for Section XI, the governing body for all of Suffolk County’s interscholastic athletics, said the schedule was wiped out and the schools are in the process of rescheduling.

“The athletic directors at our schools are trying to reschedule all of the league basketball games for Saturday and Sunday,” Webster said. “We have our seeding meeting on Tuesday for boys and girls basketball so we need to get the games done by Monday night. Most schools are trying to get them in tomorrow.”

There were 36 boys basketball games and 34 girls basketball games postponed across Long Island. The preliminaries for the Nassau boys swimming championships also were postponed at the Nassau Aquatic Center. Swimming competition will now start at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

“All of our swimming will be tomorrow which will make for a longer day,” said Nina Van Erk, the executive director of Section VIII, the governing body of Nassau County athletics.

The Saturday schedule will be somewhat affected by the storm, which has dumped up to 10 inches of snow in some areas.

The Nassau and Suffolk boys and girls fencing and boys and girls bowling championships are both still on schedule for Saturday. The six Suffolk League wrestling tournaments are also on but Webster said there could be some time changes.

“The times could be delayed and bumped back at a few tournaments depending on when the mats were being delivered to the various host sites,” Webster said. The individual schools will make that decision based on setup and it should be only an hour or two.”

The Division II wrestling qualifier at Locust Valley was moved from Friday night to Saturday at noon.

“We hope to keep all the Division I wrestling qualifiers on schedule but safety first,” said Nassau wrestling chairman Ed Ramirez. “Obviously, if the roads aren’t safe we’ll delay the tournaments.”


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