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Coaches react to fall sports delay

Rich Donnelly
Updated: July 16, 2020 11:30 PM
Created: July 16, 2020 10:17 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — More than a month before students even walk through the doors of their schools, the fall high school sports season was delayed.

Thursday the New York State Public High School Athletic Association said that earliest the fall sports season could start is Sept. 21 to allow schools to navigate their reopening.

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The delay also resulted in the cancellation of fall season state championships. After the announcement, we checked in with two area varsity coaches to get their thoughts on the delay.

For dominant programs over the past few years, the perennially nationally ranked Spencerport girls soccer team is the area dynasty.

"I think fall is a special time," Spencerport head coach Jamie Schneider said, “going back to school and this tradition of soccer is a big sport in Monroe County."

The Rangers have won multiple state and sectional titles, but this year the delay means that state tournaments are already canceled.

Schneider knows it's for safety.

"At the end of the day, we're putting our schools and health first and trust that leadership will get us on the field and we're going to stay positive," Schneider said.

Another coach with success in the fall season is Aquinas football head coach Derek Annechino.

"Everybody would love to see football, it would be a nice break in the action,” Annechino said, “but we have to make sure that everybody is going to be safe doing it, that has to be paramount on everybody's mind."

Annechino has also taken the cancellation of the state tournament with a positive attitude.

"Obviously it's a goal of ours every year, it's a bit disappointing, but there's plenty of other goals out there we can have," Annechino said. “A lot of the communities, especially the small ones, they love this time of year, anything we can do to give football for our communities would be great."

If sports can't be played in September the plan is to move the fall season to March... coach Schneider is ready.

"Fortunately we've had success, so if the snow's blowing, we'll be playing," Schneider said.


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