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NTL moves start of winter sports to Jan. 4

The Northern Tier League voted at Monday’s meeting to push the start of the winter sports season until Jan. 4. The PIAA permits practices for winter sports to begin this Friday.

With its move to delay the start of the winter sports season, the NTL has also recommended practices don’t begin until Dec. 7.

The NTL also delayed the start of the fall season. Football teams in the NTL were scheduled for seven-game seasons. But teams played between three and six games because of numerous school district shutdowns for positive COVID-19 tests.

The Southern Tioga School district did not permit its girls volleyball team to play in the state tournament despite winning the District 4 championship because of a rule not allowing its district’s teams to play outside of Tioga and Bradford counties. The North Penn-Liberty girls volleyball team was the returning state runner-up.

No NTL teams are currently still competing in the fall state tournaments. The Canton girls volleyball team was the last NTL team eliminated from the postseason when it lost in the Class A quarterfinals to Marian Catholic this past Saturday.

The PIAA is scheduled for its monthly Board of Directors meeting today. The governing body has previously said it plans to hold the winter sports season without delay.

The league has also announced it is canceling the NTL Showdown for this year. The NTL Showdown is a conference basketball tournament played at the end of the regular season but prior to the start of the district tournament. The league said the tournament will resume in the 2021-2022 season.

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