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2020: A year in local sports unlike any other

As we close out a very different, and difficult 2020, we look back at all the ways the pandemic upset our routines, local economy and in the most unfortunate cases, lives and families. One aspect of daily life that was noticeably affected was our local sports landscape. Our favorite teams’ seasons were cut-short, cancelled or re-scheduled. We were unable to attend games. High school athletes put their seasons on hold and many senior athletes saw their careers end without ever seeing the field.

Below is a look back at the year in local sports, in chronological order, as seen from the local Sports Page.

JANUARY 1, 2020

Bills fall to Texans in AFC Wild Card game, 22-19 (full coverage)

FEBRUARY 14, 2020

W-FL Thursday: Isabella Wilbur scores 2,000th point; Red Jacket girls win eighth straight; Clyde-Savannah girls defeat ER in double OT

FEBRUARY 19, 2020

W-FL Tuesday: Geneva takes top seed in Class B1 with comeback win in Waterloo

FEBRUARY 21, 2020

2019-20 W-FL BASKETBALL AWARDS: Clyde-Savannah’s Cam Chance & Red Creek’s Izzy Wilbur share Player of Year honors (FL1 Sports)

MARCH 7, 2020

Marcus Whitman cruises past Red Jacket to win first sectional title in 44 years

Geneva outlasts Waterloo to claim sectional title

Lyons survives Perry to capture 20th sectional title

MARCH 12, 2020

Lyons falls to Caledonia-Mumford in a wild Class C State play-in game

Geneva advances to States for first time in school history with win over Avon


NYSPHSAA hockey, bowling and basketball State Championships postponed indefinitely

NHL suspends its season amid outbreak of coronavirus

ACC reverses decision, joins other major conferences in canceling tournament games

MARCH 17, 2020

Bills make huge splash, acquire WR Stefon Diggs from Vikings

MARCH 21, 2020

Waterloo HS softball team gets creative with #QuarantineCatchChallenge (video)

APRIL 6, 2020

Weedsport basketball, Skaneateles hockey left to wonder what could have been

APRIL 13, 2020

Former Buffalo Bills QB Tarvaris Jackson dead at age 36

Section V releases 2020 high school football schedules

APRIL 19, 2020

NYS gives new guidance for golf courses to re-open

MAY 7, 2020

PGCBL scraps 2020 season; No Newark Pilots or Geneva Red Wings baseball this summer

MAY 12, 2020

AHL cancels remainder of 2019-20 season

NASCAR plans to return to Watkins Glen for August race

JUNE 7, 2020

ROUND OF A LIFETIME: Foursome at Wayne Hills records 2 aces on same scorecard

JUNE 8, 2020

JULY 2, 2020

JULY 8, 2020

Remaining 2020 NYSGA Championships canceled due to Covid-19 travel restrictions

JULY 9, 2020

NASCAR takes Watkins Glen International off the schedule, replaces it with Daytona stop

JULY 16, 2020

All fall high school sports delayed in New York, fall championships cancelled

JULY 27, 2020

NYSPHSA says seniors won’t be given extra eligibility, even if last season is ended by COVID-19

AUGUST 6, 2020

New Carrier Dome roof project making progress this summer (video)

AUGUST 15, 2020


AUGUST 20, 2020

Buffalo Bills’ New Era Field will now be called ‘Bills Stadium’

AUGUST 22, 2020

Section V’s nine leagues unveil new or updated logos

AUGUST 24, 2020

Cuomo says high school football will not be allowed, but some other ‘low-risk’ sports can start in September

AUGUST 26, 2020

NYSPHSAA says more time needed to determine what fall sports will look like, despite Cuomo’s announcement this week

AUGUST 27, 2020

Superintendents council says sports should be delayed in New York until January, but not all school leaders agree


In a rematch 44 years in the making, Steve Hyde outlasts Mark Hylwa for 2020 SFCC Club Championship


Fall season delayed until Spring 2021; Condensed schedule to begin next year for HS football, volleyball

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

Two former Syracuse basketball players are set to meet in NBA Western Conference Finals

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Syracuse provides first look at Carrier Dome’s renovated interior and new center-hung scoreboard

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

Syracuse opens new Carrier Dome with 37-20 win over Georgia Tech (full coverage)

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

‘OUR KIDS LACK ENOUGH’: Parents hammer South Seneca BOE over decision to cancel fall sports

OCTOBER 7, 2020

OCTOBER 8, 2020

NFL moving Bills vs. Titans to Tuesday, plan contingent on negative Covid tests

OCTOBER 12, 2020

Carrier Dome’s new roof had a leak Saturday but Syracuse says it’s no big surprise

OCTOBER 30, 2020

Geneva Panthers senior golfers finish careers with 54 straight match victories

NASCAR coming back to Watkins Glen in 2021

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Avoca/Prattsburgh bows out of Section V boys soccer play-offs after opponent refuses to wear masks

NOVEMBER 15, 2020

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim tests positive for COVID-19

NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Jimmy Boeheim, Jr. reportedly transferring from Cornell

NOVEMBER 19, 2020

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Watkins Glen after 20 year absence

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Section V Soccer: Naples wins first title since 2020, ER captures C1 crown

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

FL1 SPORTS: Sectional Champion Waterloo Cross-Country team in-studio (podcast)

NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Auburn Doubledays future in serious doubt after MLB Draft League snub

DECEMBER 11, 2020

NYSPHSAA cancels winter championships, postpones high-risk sports indefinitely

DECEMBER 16, 2020

DECEMBER 17, 2020

Bills clinch first AFC East title since 1995 with 48-19 win over Broncos (full coverage)

WATCH: Players greeted by enormous reception from Bills Mafia at airport

DECEMBER 23, 2020

New York State considering plan to allow 6,700 fans at Bills playoff game with testing, Cuomo says

DECEMBER 27, 2020

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