Leading off today:
Two NYSPHSAA football semifinals are being moved to Sunday and the start time for prelims at Friday's state swim meet has been pushed back.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the schedule revisions Wednesday afternoon in the aftermath of the massive lake-effect storm that dumped snow measured in feet rather than inches beyond the eastern shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
With Indian River snowbound in the northern reaches of Section 3, the NYSPHSAA Class A football semifinal vs. Irondequoit at Rochester's Sahlen's Stadium has been moved from Friday night to Sunday at noon.
The Class B semifinal in Rochester between Maine-Endwell and Cheektowaga at Sahlen's Stadium has been rescheduled from Saturday afternoon to Sunday at 3 p.m. Cheektowaga was among the Buffalo suburbs hit hard by the storm Monday and Tuesday, and administrators have already called off Thursday classes.
With state finals in those two classes scheduled for the following Sunday at the Carrier Dome, the semifinal winners from the rescheduled games will still have a week to prepare.
The state swim meet at Ithaca College was supposed to start at 9 a.m. Now, the day's schedule will be pushed back at an 11 a.m. start, with the first swimmers on the blocks for prelims at 1:15 p.m.
"Anytime our schools and students are impacted by a weather event of this magnitude, we must consider all aspects of the situation and make accommodations where possible," NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas said in the announcement.
NFA star suspended: Newburgh senior running back Anthony Dubose has been suspended for Saturday's Class AA football semifinal for violating a school policy, The Times Herald-Record reported Wednesday.
Newburgh will be playing Shenendehowa in a bid to reach the NYSPHSAA title game in Syracuse for the second time in four years.
Jason Semo, the Newburgh AD, would not disclose the nature of Dubose's infraction, but said it resulted in him being suspended from school for five days.
"Anthony is a kid I appreciate and he has a great work ethic," Semo said. "He accepts responsibility for his mistakes, but Anthony is a good kid. This is a huge blow, but I talked to the kids, Billy (Bianco, the coach) talked to the kids. Nobody has handed us anything all year. This is tough, but our focus is on Shenendehowa."
In just seven games this season, Dubose had rushed for 1,119 yards and 14 touchdowns. He scored the game-winning touchdown in a 15-7 overtime win vs. Monroe-Woodbury in the Section 9 Class AA final. He missed the first two games of the year after Bianco suspended him for breaking team rules. He also served a one-game suspension for delivering what referees ruled an illegal hit in a game.
Mattituck coach retires: Mattituck boys soccer coach Mat Litchhult is going out a winner, announcing his retirement on the heels of the team's state championship Sunday in Middletown.
Litchhult, 37 years old and a Mattituck graduate, made the announcement to the team Tuesday at the Tuckers' celebration dinner following the 3-0 win over Beekmantown in NYSPHSAA Class B. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family.