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Jan. 28, 2017 — Back to the icebox

The New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association has never shied away from holding its field hockey championships in the snowbelt between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

For the last 20 years, the field hockey finals for the Empire State have been either in Syracuse or North Syracuse, except for the last handful of years when the tournament semifinals and finals have been held in Cortland and Endwell, the latter of which is just 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border.

But starting in the fall of 2018, the six state semifinal and final games will be held at Williamsville (N.Y.) North. The school, which is well-known in American field hockey circles as the alma mater of all-time great Chantae Miller, will have a three-year deal through 2020 to host the Class A, B, and C semifinals and final.

The Williamsville North facility is a multi-turf pitch covering three acres of the lower campus along Hopkins Road, which takes you directly to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, a scant four miles south.

Locationwise, the school seems to be a pretty good fit. Except for that pesky snow.

Still, having seen the dedication of the players and staff when it comes to snow clearance when we were last at the New York state finals in Syracuse, I have a feeling they’ll come up with a solution.


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