Leading off today:
New York City's PSAL and the metro area's CHSAA have called off all games for the remainder on the week in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The Catholic High School Athletic Association postponed games or matches until “next week at the earliest,” while the Public School Athletic Association website has a statement stating “all activities are postponed until further notice,” The Advance reported Wednesday.
First-round CHSFL football playoff games have been pushed back to Nov. 10-11 at sites and times to be determined. A revised schedule for soccer, volleyball and other competitions may be firmed up over the weekend.
More than two dozen regular-season football games are among the PSAL casualties. It was not immediately clear if the games will be postponed or canceled.
postseason soccer and cross country meets as well as regular-season volleyball, bowling and fencing will also be postponed.
Late Wednesday, Dylan Butler of MSG Varsity tweeted that all NYSAIS playoffs are suspended indefinitely pending a decision Monday on rescheduling.
Section 1 officials were first out of the blocks in the morning, announcing schedule changes to address -- sort of -- football schedules. The Class A semifinals that originally were to have been played Tuesday and were moved to Thursday, will now be held Saturday, The Journal News reported.
Winners will advance to next Wednesday's title game at Mahopac, which still did not have power as of this afternoon. The section is banking on being able to flip the switch in time for Sunday's quadrupleheader of championship games.
With the semifinals moved to Sunday and the Class A final next Wednesday, Section 9 agreed to move the state quarterfinal in that class from Nov. 9 to Sunday, Nov. 11 -- no small inconvenience to the winner since the state schedule has Class A semifinals locked in for the following Friday.
In order to keep the state quarterfinals schedule compact, Sections 1 and 9 agreed to move the Class C game to Nov. 11 at Mahopac as well. The Class AA, B and D quarterfinals will be hosted by Section 9 on Friday and Saturday of that weekend.
The storm's damage also affected Section 9's football finals. The five sectional games were set for Friday and Saturday at Kingston's Dietz Stadium and Middletown's Faller Field. They will now be played on Saturday and Sunday.
That helped accommodate some soccer games that also had to be postponed.
There's no comparable good news in Section 1 for volleyball and the boys and girls soccer tournaments, as The Journal News reported that some teams could be staring at a schedule of four games in five days to stay on schedule for the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals.