MIAA decision looming as Connecticut, New Hampshire move forward with fall sports

Staff Writer
Published: 7/31/2020 5:07:28 PM
Modified: 7/31/2020 5:07:24 PM

Surrounding states have begun to unveil plans for high school sports this fall, potentially paving the way for Massachusetts as it continues to grapple with if and how sporting events can resume come September.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced on Friday that, like Massachusetts, it was moving its fall season back, though the Nutmeg State said it intends to play games in every sport. Teams can practice in cohorts of 15 starting Aug. 27 (Aug. 17 for football), and full practices will begin on Sept. 11 with games to start Sept. 24. Each sport would be allowed to play a maximum of 12 regular season games, with football capped at six games. A postseason for all sports would follow and run from Nov. 2-15.

Games will be regionalized to limit the potential spread of the virus and to help with transportation issues.

“Competition schedules should be scheduled within a region of the 10 closest schools to mitigate potential spread and maximize contact tracing capability,” the CIAC said in a statement.

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Assocation (NHIAA) released its guidance for fall sports on Thursday, voting to delay the start of preseason until Sept. 8. The NHIAA’s Executive Council voted to reaffirm the recognition of all fall sports, including football, for the 2020 campaign.

“The NHIAA believes it is essential to the physical, emotional and mental well-being of students to return to physical activity and athletic competition safely,” the Council’s Return to Play document stated.

While the NHIAA has cleared the way for fall competition, each individual district in New Hampshire now has a choice to make. Cities like Portsmouth have already grappled with the issue, and during a school board meeting on Tuesday, officials laid out a plan that would involve opting out of interscholastic competition.

The Massachusets Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) voted to delay the start of fall preseason to Sept. 14, though the ultimate recommendation from the state’s governing body isn’t expected until more guidance is released from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That guidance is expected within the next week or so.

Baseball

Greenfield Koufax blanks ’Hamp

Brayden Thayer and Jackson Campbell combined on a one-hit shutout, lifting Greenfield Gilmore & Farrell Insurance past Northampton, 14-0, in a Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League Sandy Koufax game on Thursday night.

Thayer struck out four in two innings of work, before Campbell came on and didn’t allow a hit or a walk in the final three innings of the run-shortened contest.

Hugh Cyhowski and Jackson Petrin paced the Greenfield offense. Cyhowski was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Petrin also had three hits in addition to an RBI and a run. Braeden Tsipenyuk smacked two hits to go with an RBI and three runs scored, while Jake Brook (hit, two RBIs, run), Nico Fasulo (hit, two RBIs, run), Thayer (hit, RBI, run), Campbell (hit, RBI, run), Jake Burnett (hit, RBI), Ethan Quinn (two walks, two runs) and Jake Petrin (walk, two runs) all contributed in another balanced offensive outing.

Greenfield cemented its spot atop the league standings, improving to 9-0.

Golf

CFC Men’s League

Anthony Bourdon posted a plus-6 point quota to finish first in the Blue Tee Division of the Crumpin-Fox Club’s Men’s League on Thursday in Bernardston.

Brett Barnes was next at plus-4, followed by Chris Stoddard at plus-3. Erik Barnes, Jake Tokars, Jordan Haskell, Nick Stoddard and Charlie Congleton tied for fourth place at plus-2. Phil Phillips was closest to the pin on No. 9 (6 feet, 11 inches), and Cam Merrigan recorded the longest drive. Shane Powell, Merrigan and Scott Dorval all won skins.

In the Gold Tee Division, Peter Jenkins and Chet Kugler tied for first place with a plus-4 quota. Richard DeGray was next at plus-3, while Gene Kugler took closest to the pin honors on No. 3 (45-0) and Chet Kugler was closest at No. 9 (8-4). Doug Taylor won four skins.

Timmons League

John Hodgman and George Handschuh posted a low gross of 35 to snag first place at the Timmons League on Wednesday at Northfield Golf Club.

Doug Farrick and Tom Almstead were right behind with a 36, while Dave Waldron and Don Churchill had the low net with a 27. Dave Prevost and Mike Keresey won a match of cards to finish second with a 28.

Bob Perlman was closest to the pin on No. 6 (10-10) and Brian Derry was closest on No. 7 (2-11). Handschuh was the match medalist with a 36.


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