No Section 1 HS Hoop Championship at Westchester County Center
The Section 1 High School Basketball Championships will not be played at the Westchester County Center, breaking a tradition that goes back to the 1930's.
Generations of Hudson Valley High School basketball players, including yours truly have always wanted to play at the county center in the big game. This year the Section 1 High School hoops championships will not be played at the historic arena because Section 1 has decided to take the games to Pace University.
I never got to play on the court, but my Beacon High team used to compete there almost every year. Our Lady of Lourdes High School won the Section 1 title in March of this year. Westchester County Center is like MSG for Hudson Valley High School basketball. Both Boys and Girls teams have had some of their most memorable moments on that court.
The Daily Voice is taking a vote from fans and they report that there are lots of people who are not happy with the decision to not play in the County Center.
Players, fans, coaches and athletic directors have expressed disappointment that an agreement with the county was not reached to keep the games at the tradition-rich venue that's served as its host almost every season since 1933 (except 1987 and 2005).
Will the Championship games ever come back to the county center? No answer to that question. Sure the games will be exciting at Pace University or any other court where they are played. Players want the win no matter where the game is played. The question is - does tradition hold a place in all this?
One of the many amazing High School basketball moments at the County Center happened with this "buzzer beater" that gave New Rochelle senior Khalil Edney, the shot of a lifetime.