PIAA makes state schedule changes because of snowstorm

Patrick Strohecker
  • The PIAA announced postponements to the state basketball tournament and swimming championships this week due to the impending snowstorm.
  • The state basketball tournament games on Tuesday and Wednesday will now be played on Thursday.
  • Quarterfinal games set for Friday and Saturday will all be played on Saturday.
  • State swimming won't begin until Thursday, while the diving championships will be contested the following weekend.

Because of the impending major snowstorm, the PIAA has made major changes to this week's state basketball tournament and state swimming championships.

Spring Grove's Eli Brooks was a first-team all-state selection on the Class 5-A level.

All state basketball games slated for Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed until Thursday, with sites and times also rescheduled. The quarterfinal round has also been impacted. The swim meet, which was supposed to begin Wednesday, will now start Thursday.

All the schedule changes were announced through a news release from the PIAA.

For basketball, the release reads: "All PIAA basketball second-round contests scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14 and 15, will be played on Thursday, March 16, 2017. All quarterfinal contests will be scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017."

The quarterfinals had been slated for Friday and Saturday.

The York-Adams area has eight teams remaining in the state basketball competition, with three boys' teams still alive and five girls' teams still competing.

In boys' action, in Class 5-A, the Spring Grove vs. East Stroudsburg North contest is now scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Martz Hall in Pottsville, while Northeastern will face Upper Merion at Manheim Township High School at 7:30 p.m. In Class 1-A, the York Country Day game against Millville at Hamburg High School is slated for a 5 p.m. tip.

On the girls' side in 6-A, Central York will play Cardinal O'Hara at 6:30 p.m. at Reading's Santander Arena. In Class 5-A, the New Oxford vs. Susquehannock game is still scheduled for 7 p.m. at West York High School. In 3-A, York Catholic will face Pine Grove at 6:30 p.m. at the Spartan Center on the Milton Hershey campus. Lastly, Delone Catholic will face West Shamokin at Hollidaysburg High School at 5 p.m.

West York's Courtney Harnish won two more state gold medals to cap her high school career this past winter.

New swimming schedule: According to the PIAA news release, the new state swimming championship schedule won't begin until Thursday and will now span over two weekends.

With Class 2-A to be competed over the first two days, that competition will now run on Thursday and Friday. The Class 3-A action won't begin until Saturday and will conclude Sunday. The diving championships, typically held in conjunction with the swimming championships, will now be pushed to next weekend, March 25 and 26. The Class 2-A meet will be held on Saturday, March 25, while 3-A action will be on Sunday, March 26.

According to the revised schedule on the PIAA website, there will no longer be morning preliminary heats to qualify for the finals. Instead, all competitors will have one chance to swim the events, with the top eight times earning medals. On Thursday, the 2-A girls will kick things off at 4 p.m. with events 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9. The boys will swim the same events beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the girls will begin at 10:45 a.m. and swim the finals of the remaining events, with the boys following, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, the 3-A competition will begin following the same event schedule, with the girls getting started at 3:15 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m. Sunday's final events will begin at 10:45 a.m. for the girls and 3:30 p.m. for the boys.

The following weekend, the diving championships will begin on Saturday, with Class 2-A. The girls will begin at 3 p.m. with the boys' event starting at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the 3-A competition will follow the same schedule as 2-A.

All swimming and diving events will still be held at Kinney Natatorium on the campus of Bucknell University.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at