NJSIAA pushes back tournaments

By Phil Anastasia

The NJSIAA announced Wednesday that all state tournament action would be pushed back a week -- but too late to stop Vineland from arriving at Lenape in a first round SJ Group 4 girls' soccer game.

"We're getting ready to play Vineland right now," Lenape assistant AD Brian Laddey said about 1:10 p.m. this afternoon. "Their bus just got here."

The game was scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Lenape is the five-time Group 4 state champion.

The NJSIAA's website was down and the organization was not sending out emails because of technical difficulties.

But the assistant to executive director Steve Timko said all tournament action would be pushed back a week because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy, with soccer and field hockey starting on Monday.

As expected, the state football tournament was pushed back a week. The new schedule:

Nov. 16-17: First round

Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Second round.

Dec. 7-8-9: Finals.

That schedule allows for no disruption to Thanksgiving games.

The NJSIAA said it will regard next weekend as Week 8 of the regular season. However, teams may play this weekend -- or next Wednesday -- if both teams mutually agree.

Many South Jersey football teams are expected to play this weekend, with several games moved from Friday to Saturday.

Others could be played next Wednesday.

Schools in the shore area and others hardest hit by Sandy likely will play the weekend of Nov. 9-10 for their eight games.

The football seeding will be Sunday Nov. 11.

Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.

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