Tuesday updates on varsity postponements, scheduling

October 30, 2012|By Sandra McKee and Glenn Graham | The Baltimore Sun

Hurricane Sandy has shaken up Maryland's field hockey championship playoff plans for both the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.

The MPSSAA teams are to begin play as soon as county school systems reopen and fields are ready to be used, MPSSAA executive director Ned Sparks said.  The IAAM, meanwhile hopes to get its playoffs underway Thursday.

"As each county reopens its schools and the fields are ready, we'll get started," Sparks said. "The biggest problem right now, I think, is the power outages. We don't know how long some areas will have to wait."

Sparks said each team will reschedule when it can and each ensuing round will be played the following day until the tournament catches up with its schedule. Some teams, like No. 2 South River and No. 7 Broadneck hope to play its 4A East Region semifinal as early as 6 p.m. Wednesday, but that game has not yet been confirmed.

The MPSSAA state championship games are scheduled to be played at Washington College, Nov. 10.

The IAAM tournament is scheduled to resume with the  quarterfinals Thursday. Susan Thompson, IAAM executive director, said in a release the location of the games will be determined by field conditions and availability. Site priority will be given to the home of the higher seed, then neutral site, then away site.

The semifinals are to be held Friday, with the same site determinations; and the finals are to be played as planned  Sunday at Goucher College.

With the inclement weather having passed through Baltimore, the MIAA plans to complete its regular season in boys soccer with each team still having two games remaining on the schedule. Tuesday’s games have been postponed, but the teams will have through Saturday to make them up in addition to Thursday’s full slate of games. The opening round of the playoffs begins next Tuesday.

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