The skates are up for a couple of days, nothing to watch until Saturday, and the snow is providing a clean slate for a new year.
Suffern 5, Northern Highlands (N.J.) 0
Burke Catholic 4, Lakeland/Panas 3
I’m sure Lakeland/Panas would’ve liked to leave Sport-O-Rama with one victory. Now the Rebels have to get healthy and wait until the playoffs to make a bigger impression. The remaining schedule includes Byram Hills, Yorktown (2x), Kennedy/Putnam Valley (2x), Mahopac, Carmel, Ossining, Brewster, Pawling and Somers/North Salem.
There’s been a lot of criticism on the blogs about Lakeland/Panas being unproven, which raises a question. How difficult is it to gain acceptance? Think about it. Economics have forced Section 1 to cut back, so each team is playing 20 games. The elite squads all get invited to play upstate, and they go because it provides them an opportunity to improve against strong competition. They also play the best local teams, often twice, for the same reasons.
How many open dates are left after league obligations are met?
Only a precious few. I don’t know whether the Rebels asked Suffern or Pelham or White Plains or Rye or Mamaroneck for a date, perhaps that’s a good topic for a story down the road, but I’m sensing it’s no easy feat moving up from the kids’ table.