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Hudson schools abruptly ends varsity football season

Oct 07, 2022 12:30 am

Columbia-Greene Media reports that the Hudson school district has pulled the plug on the remainder of Hudson High School's 2022 varsity football season. According to a statement released by the district on Oct. 5, the choice was made because of a lack of eligible participants as the result of injuries, disciplinary and academic ineligibility, and consideration for the opposing school district so they have ample time to find a replacement game, according to the statement. “We as a district empathize with our courageous scholars who gave their all this season, those who are ready and able to play and their faithful fans, Hudson City School District Superintendent Lisamarie Spindler said. Hudson’s first-year Athletic Director Shawn Briscoe said it was not an easy decision. “This is not something I ever wanted to do or think I was going to have to do as athletic director here. We got to a point where we did not have enough athletes available to us to continue to field a team. The district has released a statement in regards to that so I will not say anymore on that. This has to be the worst day of my Bluehawk life which stems all the way back to my own school days,” Briscoe said. Hudson started the year with low numbers and things got worse because of injuries and illness. The season began with four losses and the team then canceled last week's home game against Taconic Hills because they did not have enough available players. The Bluehawks were scheduled to play Fonda-Fultonville this week, with games against Ichabod Crane and Coxsackie-Athens after that. The decision to shut down the season was not well-received on social media by Bluehawks parents, fans, and alumni. Briscoe has vowed to do all he can to make sure the problem does not repeat next year. Read more at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.