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Pierson Athletes' Petition Falls Short

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 16:02
Pierson High School's girls basketball team celebrating a win last winter. While "high-risk" sports like basketball have been given the okay in Suffolk, Sag Harbor's superintendent opted not to let the district's teams compete.
Craig Macnaughton

Sag Harbor's Board of Education, faced with a student petition to overturn a recent decision by the district superintendent, Jeff Nichols, not to let Pierson High student-athletes compete this winter in "high-risk" sports, once again seconded the superintendent at a meeting Monday night.

Mr. Nichols, asked during a telephone conversation Tuesday if, indeed, Sag Harbor was the only school district in Suffolk this winter not to engage in such sports as boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading, said, "I've heard that we are, but I'd have to confirm that." 

"I'm aware of the decisions neighboring districts have made," Mr. Nichols continued, "but my lens is focused on the available science."

Thus Pierson, unlike East Hampton and Bridgehampton, will not have boys or girls basketball teams in league play this month.


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