The New York State District playoffs will be held March 11-13, in Amherst, N.Y., with games being played at the Northtown Center. Twenty-four teams are competing this weekend, split between the U-18, U-16, U-15, and U-14 age brackets. Each bracket is broken into two groups, A and B, and from there a playoff will be determined.
The teams battling for U-18 supremacy include the Long Island Gulls, Midstate Syracuse Nationals, Nichols School, Buffalo Regals, Bishop Kearney Selects, and the Troy/Albany Titans. Entering the event, Bishop Kearney is the favorite to be victorious.
At the U-16 level, the fight is amongst the Regals, Gulls, Nationals, Buffalo Jr. Sabres, Clifton Park (CP) Dynamo, and Bishop Kearney. Throughout the season, there has been an exciting rivalry between the Gulls and Bishop Kearney at this level. Bishop Kearney defeated Long Island at the Northeast Pack playoffs, and it is expected that we see a rematch in the NYS championship game.
In the U-15 bracket, the competitors are the Regals, Nationals, Bishop Kearney, Jr. Sabres, Dynamo, and PAL Jr. Islanders. Bishop Kearney is the favorite to win this division.