Sports: A Year in Review
WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The 2020 sports year was one never to be forgotten. The Can- Am Speedway in LaFargeville was able to fit a season in but the track was one of the exceptions. Other sports were not as fortunate.
Rob Krone takes a look back at the year in sports:
In February, the Girls Section 3 Volleyball Championships took place at Jamesville DeWitt, with Beaver River winning the Class C Title and Sandy Creek capturing the Class D crown.
Also in February, two north country wrestlers would win state titles on the mat with Tyler Mousaw from South Jeff/Sandy Creek and Carter Baer of Gouverneur winning titles.
In March, several north country teams were in search of state championships on the hardwood, with the Madrid Waddington and Lowville boys and South Jeff, Hammond and St. Lawrence Central girls in the state playoffs.
And the Massena Boys’ Hockey Team was in the State Final 4, but COVID-19 would bring an end to their seasons and hopes for state titles.
March Madness turned into March sadness for the Clarkson men’s and women’s hockey teams because of COVID, with the men losing out on playing for an ECAC post season title and the Clarkson Women missing out on a chance to bring home their 4th NCAA Championship.
Also in March, the Federal Hockey League canceled their season with about month left, ending the Watertown Wolves season. In April, the team would be sold to Andreas Johansson.
In May, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that the spring high school sports season would be canceled due to COVID shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools would be closed until September.
5 days later, it was learned there would also be no baseball at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds, as the Watertown Rapids announced the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League was calling off it’s 2020 season.
Almost 2 weeks later, the Watertown Red and Black semi-pro football team found out they wouldn’t be playing in 2020 when the Empire Football League announced that their 2020 season was canceled.
On July 13th, the Bassmaster Elite fishing series announced it was moving the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River from Waddington to Clayton for 2020 due to COVID and Chris Johnston would take home the title.
3 days later, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that the start of the 2020 Fall high school sports season was being delayed until September 21st, once again due to COVID.
On July 19th, John Bufalini beat Bob Hughes to capture his 8th Watertown Men’s City Golf championship.
In September the NYSPHSAA announced that football, volleyball and competitive cheer would be pushed back to a “Fall 2″ season beginning in March of 2021, but low and moderate risk sports could continue.
Four Frontier League schools from Lewis County and the Northern Athletic Conference held abbreviated seasons in the fall for soccer, tennis, cross country and swimming.
The fall sports season for college teams in the north country was wiped out, but the winter season was a different story.
The Clarkson Men’s and Women’s hockey teams, along with the St. Lawrence Men, announced they would play non-league games in November and December, with both Clarkson teams getting on the ice, but the St. Lawrence men had to pause their season due to COVID cases on campus.
Also in November, the Clarkson and St. Lawrence Men’s and Women’s basketball teams announced they would play non-league games in early 2021 after the Liberty League canceled it’s winter sports season.
In December, the ECAC released a conference schedule for men’s and women’s hockey with St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Colgate and Quinnipiac the 4 teams participating.
Also in December, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced that winter sports state championships were canceled and high risk sports were being postponed until the state gave approval for them to begin.
A year in sports unlike any other we’ve ever seen.
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