Leading off today:
Administrators at St. Joseph's announced Wednesday that the school's hockey program has been shut down
for the remainder of the season after their investigation revealed that several players violated the school's code of conduct during an unspecified incident.
St. Joe's (20-3-3) defeated Lancaster St. Mary's 4-0 on Sunday to win the Niagara Cup as the Monsignor Martin playoff champion and was scheduled to play Chaminade in the CHSAA state championship game, which the Marauders won a year ago.
"We regret the team's season must end on this note, but our investigation uncovered that many team players clearly violated our school's code of conduct. This is unacceptable and there must be consequences," school President Christopher Fulco said. "St. Joe's students are expected to meet our school's standards of conduct at all times, and in all places, including at all off-campus events."
School officials declined further comment, citing student privacy rules.
St. Mary's (12-8-3) will represent the Monsignor Martin Association in Saturday's CHSAA final in Brooklyn. St. Joe's defeated Fordham Prep 9-1 last year to win its 12th CHSAA championship.
Fox sets league scoring mark: Millbrook girls basketball standout Erin Fox broke the Mid-Hudson Athletic League scoring record with 22 points to lead the Blazers in a 63-22 win over Pine Plains in a Section 9 Class C semifinal.
The Marist College-bound senior broke former Highland star Bri Rozzi's career mark of 1,920 points, which was set last year.
"It's nice to have the record, because it was previously held by such a great player," said Fox, who entered the game needing 10 points for the record.
Millbrook will face top-seeded S.S. Seward in the Class C final on Thursday.
Speaking of scoring: Chateaugay senior Jonah McDonald became the first Section 10 boys basketball player to reach 2,000 career points during a 63-58 victory over Harrisville on Saturday.
McDonald made a 3-pointer with 6:07 left in the third quarter to reach the milestone. He finished the game with 33 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists.
He is the seventh New York boy to reach the 2,000-point milestone this season.
Chateaugay (23-0) advances to the NYSPHSAA playoff on Saturday.
Coronavirus news: New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Robert Zayas issued a memo Wednesday concerning the coronavirus, stating that NYSPHSAA is not considering rescheduling state championships at this time.
The question that will have to be addressed, however, is what would happen in the event of school closings. Championships in the past have gone on as scheduled without full representation, such as track and field and gymnastics two years ago when a storm prevented a few buses from making it to Staten Island and Long Island, respectively.
Head-to-head matchups in team sports have been handled differently in the past, such as when Superstorm Sandy prevented Section 1 from completing its football sectionals on time in 2012. The NYSPHSAA decreed that it would delay the start of its football tournament as long as necessary to accommodate the section.
The question to be asked now is whether that policy would apply to long-term school closings since many districts have policies that do not allow extracurricular activities to take place on days on which school has been canceled for reasons such as weather or power failures.
On Wednesday, administrators for the Hastings-on-Hudson and Mount Vernon districts announced schools would be closed Thursday and Friday because of the coronavirus.
"This afternoon we were notified that a parent, whose children attend school in our district, was physically present in a location that was closed due to contact with a person who is under quarantine from the coronavirus," Hastings Superintendent Valerie Henning-Pedmonte said in a letter to parents. "Out of abundance of caution, we are closing all schools for two days to sanitize the buildings."
She said the district will update the Hastings parents each day the school is closed. District officials didn't return inquiries regarding whether anyone tested positive for the virus.