Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Storm Tearing Up Schedules

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Big Storm Tearing Up Schedules

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Hurricane Sandy is coming, much to the dismay of athletic directors around North Jersey.

With the storm projected to rip through the state -- and much of the Northeast -- over the next 48 hours, scheduling for state tournaments could become an issue. Most involved are taking a day- by-day approach, waiting to see how severe the storm is and the damage it causes before finalizing any decisions.

"We're off school [today] and right now I'm in the process of rescheduling the boys soccer state tournament game," Mahwah AD Roger Pelletier said. "I'm pushing that to Tuesday, but I'm not really optimistic there either. ... The worst-case scenario would be having these kids not have electricity for a few days, like we dealt with last year with the snowstorm.

"I know we had a girls soccer game last year against Mountain Lakes where the girls hadn't been in their houses for four or five days because of the damage the storm caused. We're trying to plan as best we can for the next 24 to 48 hours, and if the worst-case scenario does play out, I'd like to get some support from [the NJSIAA]. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to push the whole schedule back."

Most public schools are closed today, including Hackensack, Wayne, Fort Lee and Englewood. Paramus and Ridgewood already have decided to close Tuesday as well.

The impending hurricane also has forced the New Jersey Athletic Conference to adjust its tournament schedules for men's soccer, women's soccer, field hockey and women's volleyball. Among the changes:

* The Montclair State men's soccer team now plays Rowan at 7 p.m. Thursday at home in the NJAC semifinals.

* The Montclair women are at home against Stockton at 7 p.m. Friday, also in the semis.

* In the field hockey semifinals, Montclair hosts William Paterson at 7 p.m. Thursday.

* And in first-round women's volleyball action, Montclair visits Kean and Ramapo is at Rutgers-Camden. …

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