In case any of you haven’t seen it, here’s the complete schedule, with all teams in all classes. If you are only interested in Section 1 teams, here’s what we are looking at.
Suffern, John Jay and Ardsley will all be in the morning pool play heat, while Haldane will be in the afternoon heat:
Saturday, November 15
Class AA (Suffern), all matches are on Court No. 1 (left):
8:30 a.m. — Suffern vs. Penfield
10:30 a.m.* — Suffern vs. Massapequa
12:30 p.m.* — Suffern vs. Shenendehowa
Class A (John Jay) all matches are on Court No. 2 (middle):
8:30 a.m. — John Jay vs. Pittsford-Sutherland
10:30 a.m.* — John Jay vs. Kings Park
12:30 p.m.* — John Jay vs. Burnt Hills
Class B (Ardsley) all matches are on Court No. 3 (right):
8:30 a.m. — Ardsley vs. Williamsville South
10:30 a.m.* — Ardsley vs. John Glenn
12:30 p.m.* — Ardsley vs. Hudson Falls
Class D (Haldane):
3:00 p.m. — Haldane vs. Chateaugay on Court No. 3
7:00 p.m.* — Haldane vs. Harpursville on Court No. 3
8:00 p.m.* — Haldane vs. Portville on Court No. 2
(Noted times are approximate times; matches will start after the prior match is completed, so expect these to run over a little bit. You know how pool play goes — nothing ever goes as planned.)
The format: I’m sure many of you have already been informed of the deal here, but just in case you have not, all teams play a two-game pool play match against the other opponents in the pool. The teams with the top-two overall records advance to the state championship on Sunday. If there is a tie for records, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head record, then point differential.
Scouting: If we run a primer in the paper, you’ll have it there; if not, I’ll dig up whatever dirt I can on the other teams in the tournament and post it here. There’s 16 other teams to look up, so please bear with me if they aren’t overly-detailed.
For first-timers making the trek to Glens Falls (which, I’m sure is everyone outside of Haldane and the Uline family), some helpful hints and tips for you all from my three prior years: (1) It’s usually cold in there. Granted, I there’s been snow on the ground every year I’ve gone, but it’s still uncomfortably cold for an indoor arena. Then again, I’m cold everywhere, so it’s probably not as bad to some people. Bottom line, bring a sweater, just in case. (2) Rep your set. The really cool thing about the Civic Center is that it has the hockey boards up on the sides of the end courts and fans usually put up signs supporting their team up there. You can kind of see them in this picture I took last year (above). Make a sign, bring tape and let Glens Falls know that Section 1 is in the building. (3) There is free street parking. If you don’t like paying for parking, you can usually find a spot on street before the roundabout, especially if your team plays in the morning heat.
Photo credit: Mike Zacchio/The Journal News