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Friday, February 6, 2015

Suburban Council announces new Blue, Gray divisions for 2015-16

As reported last month, the Suburban Council will grow by four teams (Troy, CBA, Schenectady and Albany) at the start of the 2015-16 school year because of the dissolution of the Big 10.
Friday we learned the council will eliminate the North and South divisions and replace them with realigned Blue and Gray divisions.

Here's how the new-look Suburban Council will be divided:

Blue Division                                   Gray Division
Bethlehem                                                        Albany
Colonie                                                             Averill Park
Columbia                                                          Ballston Spa
Guilderland                                                      Burnt Hills
Niskayuna                                                         CBA - Albany
Saratoga                                                          Mohonasen
Shaker                                                             Schenectady
Shenendehowa                                                 Troy                 

 According to the press release sent by Suburban Council President John W. Rickert of Niskayuna High School, preserving rivalries, enrollment, geography and strength of the overall programs went into deciding which division schools were placed in.

The press release also announced the creation of a Competition Committee chaired by Niskayuna athletic director Larry Gillooley in charge of reviewing the divisions annually to determine if changes are needed. 

“We have spent considerable time as a Council planning for this expansion and we have worked closely with the administrators from the new districts," Rickert said in the release. "The principals and athletic directors have done a great job of working collaboratively to bring this together in time to create a league schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. We look forward to having one of the most organized and competitive leagues for inter-scholastic athletics in all of New York State."


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